Eligibility, Requirements and Expectations

Community Fellowships and Mentorships are paid academic-year internships with the CBL Program. Fellows are driven, community-minded students who develop citizenship, advocacy and non-profit career skills through year-long projects with area community partners that advance social justice, education and community development aims.  Students make a significant commitment to supporting community partnership projects, and in exchange, are given valuable responsibilities, leadership roles, and learning opportunities.

  • ELIGIBILTY Requirements for ALL CBL Positions

Applicants must be eligible for Mount Holyoke College employment

Applicants must have either taken a Community Based Learning course at MHC or other Five Colleges institution – or - held a significant volunteer or work-study leadership position with an area community organization

Applicants for CBL positions are expected to commit fully to their community partner by performing 4-8 hours of on-site work per week. In special circumstances, responsibilities do not require a full-time position, in which case exceptions may be made. But as a rule, all students should consider their CBL position as their primary paid employment and first priority. CBL Mentors and Admin Fellows are also expected to commit fully to their roles, but it is also common that these roles may not require the full-time obligation

Applicants must be in the second semester of their first year – or – in their sophomore or junior year. Students entering their first semester of senior year will be considered only if they are selected and endorsed by a community partner with whom they are already working in some capacity (e.g. from a summer internship, volunteer, CBL course, or work-study project).  Second-semester seniors may serve as CBL Mentors, but cannot apply for paid fellowships. All students are welcome to explore other credit-bearing (unpaid) independent study or community service projects as appropriate.

  • General POSITION Requirements for Fellows and Mentors

Fellows and Mentors commit to 4 to 8 hours per week to community organizations/projects, CBL course support, and/or other CBL Program administrative duties.

Fellows and Mentors contribute to initiatives and projects of all CBL Program staff, participate in community-building trainings/orientations, lunch and reflection meetings, events, and represent the CBL Program on- and off-campus as needed

Fellows and Mentors contribute to monthly postings on the CBL Community Engagement BLOG & CBL FACEBOOK page and also write reflections to share with other fellows or program staff about project experiences.

  • Specific Position Requirements for FELLOWS

Enroll in 2-credit CBL Program Courses: CUSP 202: Networking, Reflection and Meaning (Fall); AND CUSP 203: Integrating Learning, Service and Social Action (Spring)

Must complete a Community Fellow Learning Agreement with their community partner, which sets out placement expectations including scheduling, project aims and methods.

Commit to a two-semester placement. This can be two non-consecutive semesters, as may be needed to accommodate study abroad, by mutual agreement with the community partner.

  • Specific Position Requirements for MENTORS

Participate in a program of ongoing professional development including workshops, trainings, and reflection sessions

Must complete a CBL Mentor Agreement with their supervising faculty member, which sets out mentorship roles and expectations, including schedules and responsibilities

Commit to supporting a CBL course for the fall and/or spring semester

  • PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS for ALL Fellows and Mentors

Fellows and Mentors carry out their CBL placements with the highest levels of professionalism, responsibility, and reliability

Fellows and Mentors are expected to contribute to a vibrant campus network of community-based learners, as active participants of the CBL community

Fellows and Mentors are expected to maintain consistent and thorough communications with CBL Program staff. It is vital that CBL staff be aware of and are consulted on initiatives taken by Fellows and Mentors involving other campus and community partners and resources

Fellows and Mentors commit to providing clear and substantial documentation regarding their projects to their community partners and to the CBL Program at the close of their projects. This aspect is a critical component of the Fellows’/Mentors’ commitment to reciprocity and ethical practice in community-based learning