The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Work First Fellowship

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Internal Deadline: none - see website for details, rolling deadline

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The fellows will participate in job readiness training programs for public assistance recipients in the Washington DC area and New York City. Duties include, but are not limited to, meeting with individual clients, case management, administering training and education programs, and program evaluation. Fellows should be able to wear many hats, including case manager, program analyst, curriculum developer, trainer, life coach, and resume specialist.  

The fellowship program is sponsored by America Works in collaboration with the Work First Foundation.  Fellows will receive $35,000 over the course of the year, and are eligible for a $5,000 bonus upon completion of the fellowship and final presentations.


Fellows are young professionals or recent graduates who desire to make an impact on poverty in the United States while building their careers. Fellows should have some background in teaching or social services.

Selection Criteria

The fellowship is geared for young professionals who are interested in adult education and poverty alleviation.  Applicants do not need a graduate degree to apply, but should have background and work experience in education, training or social service work. Fellowship recipients must be eligible to work in the United States.

Applicants should demonstrate how the fellowship will fit into their career path and future interests. Fellows are driven and passionate about education and social policy.  Candidates are sought who are patient and empathetic, as well as diligent and analytical thinkers.

Application Procedure

Application details:

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

No Express Advising or Drop-in Hours during Fall Break!

Express Advising with PCAs

Mon: 2–4 p.m., Prexy
Tue: 6–8 p.m., Vollum 116
Wed: 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
Thur: 1:30–3:30 p.m., Prexy
Fri: 2–4 p.m., Prexy
Sun: 6–8 p.m., Vollum 116

Drop-In Hours with CLBR Staff

Mon: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Commons
Tue: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
Wed: 5:00–7:00 p.m., Commons, CANCELLED 10/10 
Thur: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., International Student Services
Fri: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Multicultural Resource Center
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