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Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Leadership Fellowship: Overview

Colin Powell Program in Leadership and Public Service

The Colin Powell Program in Leadership and Public Service is an intensive multifaceted program for undergraduate and graduate students. The experience is designed to prepare fellows for lives of public service and active citizenship and to enable them to apply their skills to issues of public concern. Students accepted into the Colin Powell Leadership Program acquire a broad knowledge of political institutions and the policy-making process and learn about public service careers and opportunities. Fellows also explore leadership development and methods for creating social change. Powell talks with students.

Who It's For

The Colin Powell Program is designed for high achieving City College students of any CCNY major, program, or school. Some fellows enter with interest and experience in public policy; others are students in engineering, science, the health science, the humanities, architecture, and film studies. All fellows are united by a desire to use their field of study to influence policy or social change.  Undergraduates should have between 40 and 60 credits at the end of the spring in which they apply. Transfer students are encouraged to apply.

The Award

The program provides between $10,000 and $12,000 annually for two years for undergraduates. Graduate fellows who take part in the one-year graduate program receive a stipend of $15,000. The fellowship also provides financial support for undergraduate fellows who participate in a public service-related internship during the summer between their first and second program year.

How the Fellowship Works

Fellows participate in specialized workshops, seminars, and mentoring. They become integrally involved in the Center's activities and have the opportunity to participate in unique optional activities.

The Undergraduate Program

    ″    Year 1: Participate in a weekly seminar explore the connections among leadership, public service, public policy, and social change. Hone your leadership skills in seminars and workshops. Meet and learn from distinguished professionals in policy and public service.
    ″    Summer: Take part in an internship with a domestic or international organization or agency that is engaged in work around your area of interest. Use the opportunity to grow your professional network, to discover new approaches to problem-solving and to learn about social change.
    ″    Year 2: Work on a team to execute the President's Challenge. Meet regularly to talk with faculty and peers about your work. Share your final project with an audience of professionals and peers.

The Graduate Program

Each year the Center selects five graduate students to participate in the Colin Powell Program for a one-year period. Graduate students are encouraged to explore ways in which their developing academic expertise can be used to address urgent public problems in underserved communities. Fellows take part in weekly seminars that meet regularly throughout the year. They also take part in special events and have opportunities to hear from distinguished public figures.

Interested students are highly encouraged to attend an information session or to contact the Center with questions.  For more information, call or email Colin Dixon, program coordinator, 212.650.8446;