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2021 Summer Fellowship Program

The Rhode Island Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2021 Summer Fellowship Program.

This summer we are offering qualified students the opportunity to gain real-world work experience and make a serious, positive impact on residents of Rhode Island. Some opportunities will be virtual, and others will be in-person.

Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university and able to work Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Past Summer Fellows at the Rhode Island Department of State have made an impact by working on exciting projects such as:

  • Developing civics and public history programming, including an exhibition about the history of suffrage in Rhode Island;
  • Attending voter information events;
  • Investigating correlations in election demographic data and presenting suggestions on improving voter turnout; and
  • Performing data analysis and laying the foundation for future business data tools.

Those participating in the Department of State’s Summer Fellowship Program will work virtually and/or in-person with experts in their field, network with state political leaders, and have opportunities to present their summer projects to Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea.

The Fellowship will run from June 7 through August 13. This year’s projects include:

  • Creating a civic education database for use by Rhode Island educators. The project will require researching existing civics programs, developing a vetting procedure for programs, and supporting the design and creation of a nimble database that can be used by educators at different grade levels who wish to bring civic education content into their classroom;
  • Designing and hosting a virtual gathering of Rhode Island teachers in summer 2021. This project will require research on past convenings, assessing current needs based on new curriculum guidelines, outreach and marketing to teachers and other stakeholders, and event planning and logistical support;
  • Facilitating outdoor community mapping sessions for My State House, a project run in partnership with the State House Restoration Society;
  • Developing a plan to re-design the Open Government Landing Page and working to improve the Boards & Commission dashboard within the Open Government application; and
  • Mapping and modernizing the current Business Assistant tool and identifying necessary upgrades and providing detailed analysis of the current state of the tool and interfacing with agency websites and personnel to verify changes to filing forms and requirements.

Those selected will earn $15.00 per hour and will be matched to a division based on course work, experience, and interest.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 25, 2021. All qualified applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Apply today to begin making a positive impact on all Rhode Islanders!

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