Leadership in Action Fellowship

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul’s Leadership in Action Fellowship gives students and young professionals the opportunity to put their passions into practice, while enhancing their skills and self-knowledge and making an impact in the community.


Who can apply to be an SVdP Leadership in Action Fellow? 

SVdP Fellows are current university students or recent graduates who strive to be a part of the solution by sharing their gifts, expertise, and passion with SVdP and those we serve. At the core of the Fellowship is the desire to co-create an experience that helps to develop the next generation of strong social leaders and builds the capacity of SVdP to serve the community.


Required/Desired skills of an SVdP Fellow:

Mission oriented: Passion for working to fulfill the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Strong interest in issues of poverty and homelessness.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to empathize and strong communication skills

Leadership: Ability to take initiative and provide direction to others

Team-Oriented: Able to collaborate well with others.

General Computer Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint

Flexibility: Able to go where the need is and change course upon discovery of new information

Self-awareness and Humility: Interest in personal growth and honest feedback. Desire to continuously improve oneself


What work will be involved in the Leadership in Action Fellowship?

SVdP Fellows engage in a continuous learning framework to build their leadership skills, personal leadership style, knowledge of themselves, and become more confident in their abilities. This is achieved through one-on-one mentorship, biweekly cohort gatherings, monthly educational sessions, an intentional feedback process, and guided reflection. This framework also helps fellows support one another, learn from each other, and provide a space to share their ideas. 

Fellows have the opportunity to choose from several different types of projects. This could be serving within a specific project or department at SVdP to help advance its mission and work, or bring new ideas to help improve current processes. Or, Fellows can choose to engage in an entrepreneurial project, which would be co-created with a mentor. 

At the end of each Fellowship, Fellows give an oral presentation and create a sustainability guide describing their experience and provide recommendations for how their work could be sustained.

Appropriate training and SVdP orientation is provided to all Fellows at the start of the Fellowship.


What types of opportunities are available?

We have offered LIA Fellowships in areas such as our Medical and Dental Clinic, Urban Farms, Technology Development, Development, Homelessness Prevention and Services, Transitional Housing program, Family Wellness program, Volunteer Services, and more. Specific program areas and projects vary each semester. Please click here to view a listing of our current opportunities. 


How can I apply to be an SVdP Fellow?

If your university uses Handshake, please visit Handshake and search "The Society of St. Vincent de Paul". Please follow the instructions to apply via Handshake.

If your university does not use Handshake, please view opportunities and send a resume and cover letter, explaining your interest, experience, future career goals, and which specific fellowship you are interested in, to svdpfellows@svdpaz.org

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