Ontiveros Inclusive Fellowship Program
Inclusive Fellowships are short-term opportunities (from a few months to a few years) that prioritize the education and professional development of the Fellow. That might include study in a specific field, research to advance work on a particular issue, advisory consultation, development of a new initiative, or the exploration of a particular field of work. Access to Inclusive Fellowships are one of many avenues for students to gain relevant professional experience to support their development for life after college. Inclusive Fellowships differ from traditional jobs and internships in several important ways, including the nature of work and the relationship between employee and employer.
These “Inclusive Fellowships¹” are inclusive because they are available to all students, regardless of citizenship status. Inclusive Fellowships also differ from a traditional internship or job that requires an individual to perform a past, present, or future service in order to be paid. An Inclusive Fellowship does not require the recipient to perform a past, present, or future service for payment and is not considered employment; therefore, not requiring work authorization. These experiences directly benefit fellows’ educational and professional development; are entrepreneurial in nature as fellows have the opportunity to develop and lead independent work, reflect on their learning, establish their own priorities and deadlines, and identify the connections between what they are learning in the classroom and the world of work.
An Inclusive Fellowship also removes other barriers that students may encounter when pursuing more traditional work and internship opportunities. For example, a non-traditional student working a full-time job that limits their availability, a student with a disability that cannot access an opportunity because of a lack of an accommodation, or an undocumented student without work authorization could also benefit.
Ultimately, these opportunities provide fellows with meaningful professional experience, skill development for life after college, and access to professional networks.
Guidelines for an Inclusive Fellowship:
- Grantors should provide fellows with training, hands-on/experiential learning, professional development, and/or networking.
- The relationship between fellows/grantors will resemble that of a mentor/mentee, trainee/trainer or advisor/advisee; it will not resemble an employee/employer relationship (e.g., grantors should not set work hours, require work be done in a specific and highly supervised way, etc.).
- If fellowships have a study or research component, the primary purpose of that study or research must be to benefit the fellow’s education, professional growth or training; the primary purpose of the study or research should not be to benefit the grantor.
- Grantors can offer financial distributions to fellows as long as they are not considered wages (i.e., financial distributions should not be offered for past, present or future work or service). These non-wage financial distributions do not need to be reported to the IRS on any form (including Form 1099) and fellows do not need to provide grantors with a W-9.
Suggested Learning Outcomes:
- Students who participate in the Ontiveros Inclusive Fellowship Program will be able to describe connections between their fellowship experience, academic pursuits, and the world of work.
- Students who participate in the Ontiveros Inclusive Fellowship Program will be able to document their learning in a journal or electronic(e)-portfolio.
- Students who participate in the Ontiveros Inclusive Fellowship Program will be able to orally present their critical reflections on the experience and the connections to the world of work to a professional audience.
The Ontiveros Inclusive Fellowship Program offered through the CSU Career Center provides monetary funding to make participation in a fellowship possible. The program is open to any undergraduate CSU student and, if selected, a financial distribution of up to $5,000. The program is named after and in recognition of Mary Ontiveros, CSU’s former Vice President of Diversity who served the institution for more than 45 years.
- Must be a currently-enrolled undergraduate CSU student
- Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or above
- Must secure own fellowship opportunity
- Recipients of a financial distribution are selected based on a variety of factors, including strength of their overall application, quality academic progress, and financial need.
- Preference will be given to undergraduate students who would otherwise be unable to participate in this experience without financial support. Students that are underrepresented in their school, major, and/or industry may also be prioritized.
- A university committee, including administrators from the Provost’s office and the Career Center, will review applications and make final selections.
- A document outlining:
- Demographic information (name, year in school, major, college, email address, and student ID number.
- An essay addressing the prompt: Please explain how this fellowship fits your career path/professional goals and how you are in need of funding for this fellowship (500 word limit)
- Disclosure of any additional funding you are receiving to support this fellowship
- Current resume (use the Career Center if you need help!)
- Completed Fellowship Site Template (see Fellowship Site Responsibilities on the next page) confirming the Inclusive Fellowship
- Questions and completed application materials can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applications submitted by March 15, 2021 will receive priority consideration. Should additional funds continue to be available, applications will continue to be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.
- Be sure to consult with the Office of Financial Aid to understand any ways that this fellowship might impact your financial aid eligibility.
Fellowship Site Responsibilities
The following template should be completed by the person that will oversee the fellowship (Grantor) and submitted by the student with the completed application materials.
[ORGANIZATION] commits to providing an inclusive fellowship for [STUDENT NAME] during the [SEMESTER] with [GRANTOR’S NAME) being the Fellow’s primary contact. The inclusive fellowship will exist under the following conditions:
- The inclusive fellowship will provide training, hands-on/experiential learning, professional development, and/or networking.
- The relationship between fellows/grantors will resemble that of a mentor/mentee, trainee/trainer or advisor/advisee; it will not resemble an employee/employer relationship (e.g., grantors should not set work hours, require work be done in a specific and highly supervised way, etc.). No background check will be required.
- The primary purpose of the inclusive fellowship will be to benefit the fellow’s education, professional growth or training; not the grantor.
The grantor also agrees to have their Fellow complete an end-of-fellowship reflection to document their learning, which will be shared with the Career Center’s inclusive fellowship committee.