EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE
COMCAST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The Comcast Fellowship Program
Through a generous grant from the Comcast Foundation and in
partnership with the California LGBT Legislative Caucus, EQCAI is sponsoring a
four-week fellowship program for twelve (12) students who have completed at
least their first year of college/university studies. There will be two
fellowship classes this summer with six fellows in each class. The first opportunity
will begin Monday, May 19 and will run through Friday, June 13. The second
opportunity will begin Monday, June 16 and will run through Friday, July 11. The
deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 2, 2014. See Application Form for mailing
and email addresses and fax number.
While in this intensive fellowship program, participants will gain valuable experience and insight that includes:
• Placement in a Sacramento legislative office as an intern in a role allowing for first-hand experience in the state legislative and budget process;
• Opportunities for close interaction and discussions with leading state policy makers;
• Training around “issues-based organizing” and the factors/strategies influencing policy makers; and
• Volunteerism in a leadership capacity during non-work hours
What the Fellowship Offers
Stipend. Fellows will each receive a stipend of $3,000 for the six-week period; these funds will be provided in four (4) installments as part of successful completion of components of the program.
Work Placement. The fellows will be placed in a legislative office in Sacramento for four (4) weeks and will be assigned several mentors to support the fellows’ work. Fellows will be expected to be able to work around 20 hours per week.
Interactions with State Leaders. Through EQCAI partners, fellows will have the opportunity to engage key leaders in various sectors of California’s life and culture. Site visits and informal gatherings will be provided through the month-long program designed to build community and expand the fellows’ leadership and support network.
Leadership Development & Training. The fellows will receive exposure to the inner workings of California government, the factors influencing policy makers and current and future policy issues facing California.
Qualifications to Apply
Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- Demonstrated leadership in their community. Previous participation in Queer Youth Advocacy Day preferred but not required
- Completed at least their first year in college and be returning to their studies as a full time undergraduate at an accredited college
- Committed to being in Sacramento either from Monday, May 19 through Friday, June 13
or from Monday, June 16through Friday, July 11 and
fulfill all the requirements of the program. Weekend travel during the
fellowship is strongly discouraged and will only be considered prior to the
start of the program on a case-by-case basis.
2014 Application and Fellowship Timeline—Major Milestones
Wed. March 5, 2014 Application available
Wed, April 2, 2014 Deadline for applications to be received by email, mail or fax
(See Application Form for mailing address and fax number)
Mon., April 7, 2014 Announcement of EQCAI Comcast Fellowship Classes of Summer 2014
Fri., May 16, 2014 Orientation
Mon., May 19, 2014 Fellows begin placement in legislative offices and begin curriculum/training
Fri., June 13, 2014 Legislative placements and curriculum/training ends
Fri., June 13th, 2014 Orientation
Mon., June 16th, 2014 Fellows begin placement in legislative offices and begin curriculum/training
Fri., July 11th, 2014 Legislative placements and curriculum/training ends
CLICK HERE for the full application and more information on the fellowship program.