Based on similar programs at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, the Public Interest Program (PIP) with the City Colleges of Chicago will provide CCC graduates a one-year fellowship at Civic Consulting Alliance. Fellows will be full-time employees of Civic Consulting for one year, during which they will work alongside Civic Consulting and public sector staff, to make Chicago a great, global city.
Who is Eligible?
PIP Fellowships will be open to students graduating from the City Colleges with an Associates Degree (AA/AS) in any course of study.
Students must have been awarded an AA or an AS by no later than the spring of 2013. Students may apply to PIP in their final semester at CCC or have graduated within the past six months. Non-graduating students are not eligible to apply to PIP.
Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, at least 1 year of work experience, and a passion for making a difference in the City of Chicago.
As a PIP Fellow, you must be eligible to work in the United States.
The PIP program is intended to be a full time job, and will require full time attention. The successful applicant would be expected to focus on this position, and should not expect to hold other jobs or enroll in classes while participating in the PIP program.
What will Participants gain?
PIP will be a valuable learning experience and introduction to the public sector and to Chicago, no matter which academic field of study the student pursued or what career she or he is considering for the future. It will be a chance to put skills to practical use on behalf of Chicago, and to interact with private and public sector leaders across the city.
Every PIP Fellow will be paired with a member of the Civic Consulting management team who will serve as a mentor, and work with a diverse group of consultants and fellows across the organization.
In addition, regular seminars with leaders from across Chicago will be part of the fellowship year. These seminars will feature speakers from both the public and private sectors, and will provide a chance to meet and learn from those who have and are shaping our city. Additionally, these seminars give Fellows an opportunity to reflect on the practical and academic aspects of their daily work and to build valuable skills for future careers.
What is the Stipend?
Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $30,000, plus benefits (the same that graduates of the University of Chicago and Princeton are paid).
How do Fellows Apply?
To complete an application, students should prepare a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (academic or work-related). Students should also prepare a one-page essay response to the following question: If you had the opportunity to assist the City of Chicago on a critical issue, which issue would you choose and why? What do you think are the critical components to solving this problem?
All application materials must be submitted to the College Vice President’s Office by 5:00 PM February 1 st .
A college review committee will read every application submitted and screen for eligibility. Each college can submit up to one student ( Deadline – Feb. 15 th ). Letters to applicants not going forward will be sent out by the colleges.
Those college candidates will be ranked and submitted to Civic Consulting for final approval ( Deadline – Feb. 22 nd ).
Civic Consulting Alliance staff will read each eligible application, check references, and invite 3-5 applicants for interviews at Civic Consulting (Deadline – March 15 th ) .
Civic Consulting Alliance staff will complete interviews by April 5 th .
Civic Consulting Alliance will make an offer by April 12 th .