Five Graduate Student Fellowships Available (PAID)

The New York Community Trust
January 11, 2023
909 Third Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, New York
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Five Graduate Student Fellowships Available (PAID)


The New York Community Trust (The Trust) is offering FIVE paid fellowships for full-time graduate students. The Trust, established in 1924, is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of residents of New York City and its suburbs. We bring together individuals, families, foundations, and businesses to build a better community and support nonprofits that make a difference. We apply knowledge, creativity, and resources to the most challenging issues in an effort to ensure meaningful opportunities and a better quality of life for all New Yorkers, today, and tomorrow.


Fellowship Eligibility and Details:

  • Applicants must be in a full-time graduate program.
  • Applicants must have existing authorization to work in the United States.
  • This is a temporary and time-limited Fellowship. It starts in May 2023 (date flexible) and ends in May 2024. Fellows must commit to the entire period.
  • Fellowship pay is $22 an hour (no fringe benefits).
  • Fellows work up to 35 hours a week from May 2023 through August 2023 and, to accommodate class schedules, 15 to 20 hours a week between September 2023 to May 2024.
  • Fellows must remain enrolled as full-time graduate students for the entire Fellowship.
  • Fellows’ field of graduate study must match an aspect of the Fellowship.
  • Fellowships are intended as learning experiences to complement Fellows’ graduate study.
  • This is not an entry-level position at The Trust or intended to lead to one.
  • The New York Community Trust follows Federal, State, and Local requirements regarding COVID-19 and other airborne diseases. The Fellow will work on-site at The Trust’s midtown offices and adhere to indoor workplace rules and protocols. Fellowships are not virtual or remote positions although The Trust’s policy does allow for some remote days.


Promising Futures (Fellowship 1)

Trust grants build promising futures by helping young people prosper; provide job training and placement; make our educational and justice systems work for everyone; alleviate hunger and homelessness; improve family and child welfare services; strengthens arts education; and address the unique needs of girls and young women.


Thriving Communities (Fellowship 2)

Trust grants protect and create affordable housing, promote equity in the arts, improve civic engagement, and protect our environment. The Trust supports agencies working on these issues at the neighborhood level, as well as government and nonprofit institutions developing and influencing policy. Grants also support efforts to improve the functioning of nonprofits and government.


Healthy Lives (Fellowship 3)

Trust grants develop the skills, improve independence, and enhance the quality of life of older adults and people with disabilities. And, as health care changes, The Trust helps health and social service providers deliver efficient, cost-effective services to all New Yorkers. It also advances the practice of social work. Grants support projects that improve the quality of care, strengthen providers, and address costs and health disparities.


Marketing and Communications (Fellowship 4)

The Marketing and Communications Fellow is a dynamic role that allows the candidate to gain a deep understanding of nonprofit communications and marketing in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. They will work directly with a five-person team, and indirectly with our donor and grantmaking staff. The Marketing and Communications Fellow will help share and publicize The Trust’s work. Through a range of assignments, the Fellow will learn about promising work being done by leading nonprofits across a wide range of issues facing New York City and beyond.


The Lorie A. Slutsky Philanthropy Fellow (Fellowship 5)

This Fellow will be housed in the General Counsel’s office but will work with other Trust departments. The Fellow will focus on significant issues affecting community foundations and the philanthropic sector (e.g., proposed changes in donor-advised fund rules, trends in philanthropy, assisting with collaborative funds, etc.). The Fellow will support Trust staff in specific administrative, programmatic, donor, and legal projects and work closely with other Fellows.


This Fellowship is named for the third President of The Trust who retired in 2022. Lorie began her career at The Trust in 1976 as a graduate student intern and moved up the ranks to be appointed President in 1990. The Trust’s Board established this named Fellowship in recognition of her long service to both The Trust and the field of philanthropy. It is endowed through contributions from Trust donors, board, and staff and other foundations.


Requirements and Responsibilities:

The three Program Fellows (Fellowship 1 to 3) will be exposed to all areas of The Trust’s competitive grantmaking: proposal review, grant investigation and analysis, site visits (virtual, if appropriate), writing grant recommendations, and reviewing reports. A major responsibility is monitoring grantee performance and writing of interim and final progress reports. Candidates must have strong writing skills; a background in one or more of the focus areas; an ability to communicate orally and in writing with nonprofit and/or grantee staff and leadership; the capacity to work independently and in a timely manner; and function within a professional office environment. Fellows work under the supervision of program officers for each area.


The Marketing and Communications Fellow’s (Fellowship 4) work will include, but not be limited to, writing press releases, print, and online stories about our grantees and other initiatives; producing social media content; conducting research related to marketing and communications; interviewing grantees and donors; and archiving content. The Fellow should have excellent writing, proofreading, and research skills; a commitment to detail and accuracy; strong organizational skills; an ability to work both independently and as a team member. Knowledge of New York City, interest in philanthropy and the nonprofit world preferred. Helpful skills include: photography, videography, and past experience with website, social media, and advertising analytics; and a sense of humor. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the marketing and communications team.


The Lorie. A. Slutsky Philanthropy Fellow (Fellowship 5) should have excellent research, writing, and proofreading skills; a commitment to detail and accuracy; strong organizational skills; an ability to work both independently and as a team member. Because much of the analysis that will be done by this Fellow will relate to philanthropic rules, regulations, and legislation, there is a preference for law school students with legal research and writing experience.


How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter, and short writing sample as a single PDF document to Marc Schell at [email protected]. Writing samples should be between 500 and 1500 words and solely authored by the candidate.


In the subject line please put your First Name, Last Name and the Fellowship # for which you are submitting the application. You may only apply for one of the Fellowships. If we conclude that your qualifications may fit a different Fellowship than the one for which you applied for, we will share your application with other hiring teams.


Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.