Summer Fellowships in Chicago for Yale Undergraduates



The Yale Club of Chicago is proud to announce that it is committing to host three undergraduate Yale students as the Yale Alumni Community Service Fellows during the Summer of 2016.  Each of these competitively-selected undergraduates will have a paid, 8-week-long, public-interest internship that is connected to the work of Yale alumni and located here in Chicago.  The caliber of Chicago’s Yale-affiliated site sponsors and of the Yale fellows has been consistently spectacular. Year and after year, our Chicago fellows report in written reflections that their Chicago internships and site sponsors have provided them with unprecedented opportunities for personal growth. They describe, with gratitude, attaining professional skills, enjoying sustained exposure to potential post-graduate careers, gaining deeper compassion and understanding for our society’s most vulnerable members, and leaving with new inspiration and new insights about effective interventions and services.  Year and after year, our site sponsors express how invaluable the fellows have been in supporting the mission of their public interest organizations or endeavors. Given the realities of constrained resources and overwhelming demand these organizations face, the high-caliber contributions of the Yale fellows truly expand the services that the site sponsors can deliver.  In addition to the three site sponsors selected for 2016 (all described below), Chicago site sponsors over the years have included literacy programs, the Albany Park Theater Project, supportive living facilities, the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and BPI (Business and Professional People for the Public Interest) -- all organizations in which Yale alums have served as founders, staff, executives, and Board members.

How can YOU get involved?

Take a fellow out for lunch or a coffee.

Provide a fellow with housing for half or all of the 8-week internship.

***Make a donation or otherwise help the Club reach its goal of raising another $5,100 for 2016 stipends***

Invite a fellow to a Chicago event.

Let the Club know if you or a contact would be a great site sponsor.

Every contribution counts towards making this a great experience for the fellows. Expected program dates are May 30 - July 22, 2016.



There are three planned locations for the 2016 summer:

2016 Site Sponsor: The Primo Center for Women and Children

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  • Mission: The Primo Center for Women and Children is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. Anchored in the west side of Chicago, the organization provides a comprehensive continuum of housing and wraparound services to homeless children and families, now serving more than 400 children with their families annually.
  • History with program/Yale Connection:  PCWC has been a Yale Day of Service site and has hosted several extremely successful summer fellowships over the years.  Danielle Meltzer Cassel (’92) has been affiliated with the Center for more than a decade as a provider of pro bono legal services, Member of the Primo Center’s Board of Directors, and Member of its Executive Committee.
  • Position description as posted with OCS: “[PCWC] is seeking a summer intern who has a passion for understanding better the needs of homeless families. The successful incumbent will have the opportunity to work alongside agency administrators to support the organization's success along two key issue areas: housing and trauma-informed wraparound services. Specific duties will include the following: 1. Orientation to all agency programs, specifically including work with homeless children. 2. Studying and contributing to agency white papers and policy development with agency administration. 3. Working specifically with the CEO on learning medicaid and mental health strategy for the agency, and to make contributions, as incumbent is able.

2016 Site Sponsor: Peer Health Exchange

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  • Mission/Vision: [PHE’s] mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Our vision is that, one day, all teens will have the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions.
  • Yale Connection/ History with program: “In 1999, six Yale undergraduates began teaching health workshops in New Haven public schools in order to fill the gap left by an underfunded, understaffed district health program. In 2003, the founding members of the group established Peer Health Exchange to replicate this successful program in other communities with unmet health education needs. Since then, we have trained more than 7,500 college student volunteers to deliver effective health education to nearly 100,000 public high school students in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC, seeing strong initial results.” This will be PHE’s first time having a Community Service Fellow. The origin of this selection was an introductory meeting in 2014 and ensuing conversations with one of PHE’s co-founders, Louise Langheier, who is currently serving as CEO.
  • 2015 Position description: “The PHE Chicago Development Intern will: “Assist with PHE’s external affairs efforts by: Researching major donors (individuals, foundations and corporations) supporting similar organizations in Chicago, update “dream list” of supporters for PHE Chicago; Assisting with the planning and execution of summer fundraising events; Preparing PHE Chicago's e-newsletter template, mailing list, and (working with our National Communications and Engagement Manager) calendar for the coming year; Preparing PHE Chicago's new social media plan for execution, including working with our Board, national team and our Executive Director to explore the potential launch of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and a city-specific blog; Writing and editing grant proposals and other written communications; Entering data on prospective and current donors (including individuals, corporations and foundations) into our Salesforce database; Researching weekly news on topics relevant to the PHE mission by reviewing city-specific news sources, reviewing e-mail updates from health- and education related news feeds, signing up for updates from additional news sources, and supporting the development of organizational newsletters; Researching best practices in event-based fundraising (ex: bowling tournaments, poker tournaments, happy hours, galas, etc.).”
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  • Mission: Research indicates that most high school students are unclear about their occupational futures and have a limited knowledge of the professional world. In particular, minority students often lack access to practical experiences and career-oriented role models, leaving these students underrepresented in many science and technology professions. To address the challenge of preparing these students to become physician-scientists, a team of interdisciplinary investigators created TEACH Research, a program based on theories of adolescent career development. TEACH Research aims to prepare and inspire talented Chicago Public Schools high school students to pursue careers in health-related research by providing exposure to a realistic career experience and a multi-tiered structure of mentors. Students are recruited as rising sophomores from the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program, a three-year enrichment program for high-achieving and talented Chicago Public Schools students. 
  • History with program/Yale Connection: Principal Collaborator is David Meltzer (Yale ‘86), MD, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Economics, and Public Policy; Director of CheSS.
  • 2009 Position description: The Yale Community Service Summer Fellow will assist the Director of TEACH Research, Dr. Vineet Arora, and the Director of the University of Chicago’s Hospitalist Project, Dr. David Meltzer, in supervising the activities of the participating TEACH students; designing, scheduling and coordinating program events for TEACH and the Collegiate Scholars Program; facilitating the evaluation of this program using the selected methodology developed by Professor of Sociology and TEACH collaborator Barbara Schneider, PhD, such as the Experience Sampling Method (ESM), which assesses student engagement in real-time through wristwatch prompts, Video-Based Assessments, and a Practice College Interview.
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