The New Sector AmeriCorps Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program is an 11-month AmeriCorps Fellowship program for early career professionals committed to careers in social impact. RISE Fellows are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants and serve in cohorts of approximately 25 Fellows in the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Twin Cities areas. Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit organizations, while engaging in intensive professional development activities to build their skills for immediate and future impact.
Our 2015-2016 RISE cohorts will serve September 8, 2015 – July 29, 2016, in the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Twin Cities areas.
The RISE Fellowship experience includes the following structured opportunities, as well as additional community activities including network-building, service days, and extended learning opportunities.
Fellows serve full-time with nonprofit host sites, completing projects that aim to expand these organizations’ capacity to effectively achieve their missions and serve their constituents. Before the start of the Fellowship, New Sector works with each host site to develop a project scope that provides a meaningful, impactful, and challenging experience. The following are a few examples of past Fellow projects:
Dan Kitson (14-15 RISE, Boston) serving at UP Academy
Program Outreach & Community Awareness
Sara Tebeau (14-15 RISE, Chicago) serving at Center for Economic Progress
Joelle Hughley (14-15 RISE, Twin Cities) serving at YMCA Twin Cities
Dallas Herndon (14-15 RISE, Boston) serving at Interise
Program Management and Operations
Keziah Ojika (14-15 RISE, Twin Cities) serving at Girl Scouts River Valleys
Program Development & Delivery
Casey Anderson (14-15 RISE, San Francisco) serving at SamaUSA
Grace Peter (14-15 RISE, San Francisco) serving at Green Light Fund
Throughout their service terms, Fellows engage in New Sector's Social Impact
Leadership Curriculum, which covers a wide range of skills and tools for effective social sector leadership. RISE training activities include:
Kickoff Training: These two weeks include skills-building workshops for effectiveness in delivering impact at host sites, service activities, cohort-building activities, as well as on-site orientation days at host sites.
Biweekly Seminars: Over the course of the term, Fellows engage in over 20 afternoon seminars covering a range of skills including nonprofit finance and strategy, performance measurement, fundraising skills, and much more (click here for additional information on training).
Full-day Workshops: Fellows engage in 9 full-day workshops during the term, each of
which offers a deeper-dive into topics from our curriculum, career development and planning tools, and peer learning (click here for additional information on training).
Mentorship: Each Fellow is matched one-on-one with a Mentor, who can provide valuable input to support host site project success, personal and professional development, career planning, and more. Our Mentors are skilled professionals who volunteer their time to support Fellows, and are often management consultants, business professionals, and nonprofit leaders. Consultants from the following firms (and others not listed) have volunteered to be Mentors in previous cohorts:
- Bain & Company
- The Boston Consulting Group
- The Bridgespan Group
- McKinsey & Company
- Oliver Wyman
Learning Teams: Fellows also meet bi-weekly with small group Learning Teams of 4-6 Fellows to collaborate, problem solve, and provide one another support to strengthen host site projects, career planning, and integration of new skills and tools. New Sector staff facilitates Learning Teams to provide regular support and is also available to provide individual support and coaching throughout the program.
RISE Fellows receive a stipend and benefits totaling roughly $30,000 in value. Benefits include:
AmeriCorps living stipend of $19,000
Healthcare coverage with no financial contribution from the Fellow
A $5,500+ Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. (Click here for additional information)
Important Application Dates
10/15/2014 - Applications Open
12/12/2014 - Round 1 Deadline
2/27/2015 - Round 1 Offers
3/6/2015 - Round 2 Deadline
4/24/2015 - Round 2 Offers
Rolling Applications accepted after 3/6/2015
Successful candidates will progress through four rounds during the selection process:
30-45 minute Phone Interview or Skype interview with a New Sector program Alumna/us
45-60 minute Skype interview or in-person Interview with New Sector staff
Reference checks with at least two professional references
*New Sector is not able to refund travel expenses for interviews and does not penalize candidates who interview by phone or Skype.
When candidates accept an offer to join the cohort, they must accept enrollment in the program as a whole, not with any one particular host site or project. We begin the matching process (see below) after individuals accept a spot in the cohort.
After accepting our offer, New Sector will offer incoming Fellows interviews with potential host sites. After each ‘matching interview’ we will seek feedback from both the Fellow and the host site in order to identify the best possible match. It is likely that each accepted Fellow will end up at one of his or her preferred host sites, but it is in no way guaranteed that even the most qualified applicant will end up at his or her first choice site.
- RISE Fellows must have completed their undergraduate degree before the start of the program year.
- Fellows must be eligible for AmeriCorps service, which includes being a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, having a high school diploma or GED, having completed any previous national service satisfactorily, and having completed no more than three previous terms through AmeriCorps State and National programs.
- There is no "typical" Fellow; New Sector consciously seeks individuals of differing perspectives and backgrounds and with various career goals. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:
Demonstrated commitment to social impact
High level of self-motivation and academic, extracurricular, professional, and/or personal accomplishment
Core leadership attributes, including: resourcefulness, responsibility, independence, patience, integrity, energy, and a strong work ethic
Adaptability in the face of change and resource constraints
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the capacity to understand the needs of multiple and diverse stakeholders, build strong host site relationships, and work effectively individually and as part of a team
Excellent project management, analytical, and/or research skills
Ability to approach challenges in a structured manner by setting goals, devising a plan to achieve those goals, and meeting those goals in a timely manner
Desire to proactively take on responsibility within New Sector, our host site partners, and your own personal/professional development
The application process will include submitting your resume, cover letter, and short writing samples (uploaded in Word or PDF formats). For your writing samples, please answer each of the following questions in 300 words or fewer (please include all three in a single document and upload that document):
1. Please tell us why you are committed to the social sector, and how the New Sector program would enhance that commitment.
2. Please tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of.
3. Please describe a meaningful day in your life.
For details and additional information on frequently asked questions, please click here.
To whom should I address my cover letter?
Applicants to the Boston program should address cover letters to Zack Dagneau, 711 Atlantic Avenue, Lower Level, Boston, MA 02111.
Applicants to the San Francisco program should address cover letters to Justin Crum, 156 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94105.
Applicants to the Chicago program should address cover letters to Jessica Paulsen, 73 West Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603.
Applicants to the Twin Cities program should address cover letters to Brian Garshelis, 800 Washington Avenue N., Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Release of Information
To facilitate Fellow selection and matching, New Sector may share candidates' resumes with potential host sites and Mentors If candidates have any questions or concerns about this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries can be sent email@example.com. Please no calls.
The New Sector Residency in Social Enterprise Fellowship Program is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
New Sector Alliance actively seeks to build Fellowship programs enrolling individuals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, representing a diversity of race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, secular preference, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and ancestry. Further, we encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to the program and can provide reasonable accommodations for those individuals upon request. For additional assistance please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.