Civic Engagement Fellowship Program


The mission of the Barnard College Civic Engagement Fellowship Program is to expand the College’s civic engagement and community service endeavors, promote civic engagement awareness among the student body, and foster student leadership.  

Program Overview

The New York City Civic Engagement Program (“NYCCEP”) at Barnard College will select three to five rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors in the spring semester to participate in the Civic Engagement Fellowship Program.  Civic Engagement Fellows will be expected to:

  1. Promote civic engagement in the Barnard community through outreach to the student body, including presentations about civic engagement-related opportunities to student groups.
  2. Lead at least two campus-wide community service initiatives through the Barnard Reach Out Program each semester.
  3. Foster and develop relationships between Barnard College and community-based organizations in New York City, with a focus on organizations in the Morningside Heights and West Harlem area.
  4. Assist in the facilitation of NYCCEP initiatives, such as the Barnard Reach Out and Extended Barnard Reach Out programs, the Public Interest Career Fair, Junior Jumpstart for Public Interest Careers, networking events, speaker events, etc.
  5. Serve as mentors and resources to first-year, transfer, and visiting international students who are interested in New York City civic engagement issues.
  6. Propose recommendations for civic engagement programs at the College.

The fellowship appointment will typically last for two academic semesters.  Fellows will be paid $10/hour, with an expectation to work approximately 50 hours per semester.  Fellows may also work during the summer.  


Civic Engagement Fellows are rising Barnard College Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and civic engagement programs or activities.  First-Years who participated in Extended Barnard Reach Out are also eligible to apply.  Visiting students at Barnard are not eligible for this program.

Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for 2014-2015 Fellows.  To apply, please complete this online application.  All applications must be received by Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by 5pm.  No late applications will be accepted.  Select candidates will be interviewed, with final selections made by Friday, May 2, 2014.   Please contact Junea Williams-Edmund at with any questions regarding the application process. 

Meet the 2013-2014 Civic Engagement Fellows

Adair Kleinpeter-Ross ('14) ( Adair Kleinpeter-Ross is a senior majoring in Africana Studies and Human Rights. She recently completed a semester studying abroad in Morocco and spent the summer in South Africa completing a civic engagement project funded by the Davis Projects for Peace. She has interned for USAID and is currently doing work for the UN Development Project. On campus, Adair works for the Barnard Center for Research on Women and is excited to be returning for her fourth year as a Civic Engagement Fellow!

Helenka Lepowski Ostrum ('14) (  Helenka Lepkowski Ostrum is a senior double majoring in Anthropology and Psychology.  As a first year student, she participated in Extended Barnard Reach Out (EBRO) and became a Civic Engagement Fellow during her sophomore year. Helenka is a Senior Experience RA and Co President of the Columbia Culinary Society.  She is looking forward to helping students connect with volunteer opportunities throughout New York City.