IE Nonprofit Fellowship Program


IE Nonprofit Fellowship Program

The information below refers to the 2018 fellowship program, which was a tremendous success! Please check back in January 2019 for application information about the 2019 Social Innovation Fellowship Program.

The UCR CSI IE Nonprofit Fellowship Program is a professional development opportunity designed to provide recent graduates with hands-on policy work in local, regional, national and international nonprofit organizations. The goal of the UCR CSI Nonprofit Fellowship Program is to find emerging leaders and to provide paid experience in a nonprofit setting.

The fellowship is an opportunity for recent graduates to prepare for full-time employment in the nonprofit sector and to get hands-on experience working for a nonprofit addressing aspects such as: demographic or policy research; service provision and implementation; community organizing and engagement; event management; grant writing; volunteer coordination; financial administration; and media/communications.

Being a Fellow is an applied academic endeavor, with the ultimate intent to become gainfully employed by the host organization or by another organization within a related field. The academic component involves monthly workshops involving social innovation and nonprofit management.

Fellows will benefit from: 1) placement at a nonprofit organization, 2) a financial stipend, 3) engagement with each other and with the Center for Social Innovation’s nonprofit development workshops, and 4) wider exposure from the Center for Social Innovation and its partners.

This Fellowship is a 6-month program in partnership with participating nonprofit organizations serving the Inland Empire. Fellows will receive a modest stipend and nonprofit leadership development training.

Online applications for Fellowship applicants and Nonprofit organizations due: Friday, May 25, 2018

Program Dates: July 2018 – January 2019

For Fellowship Applicants

Who and What We are Looking For

You are a recent graduate (undergraduate or graduate school) living in the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties) and have an interest in gaining experience and knowledge from the nonprofit sector along with a passion for serving the Inland Empire.

Impact Potential

Your experience provides hands-on work experience and potential entry into the nonprofit sector (or in related fields/industries).

You Want to Tell Your Story

You would benefit from developing a set of skills to tell the story of your vision and passion as an emerging leader in the nonprofit sector in the Inland Empire. You would be energized by learning from a cohort of fellows while engaging with local community organizations, partners, and stakeholders.


  • Applicants must be, or will be, a recent graduate (college or graduate school; May 2016 – June 2018) living in the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties).
  • All candidates with an interest in nonprofit work and a passion for learning about the nonprofit sector may apply irrespective of their major; however, we encourage applications from those with a degree/expertise in social sciences (public policy, urban planning, political science, law, sociology, economics), humanities (history, arts), data sciences (computer science, statistics), and applied sciences (engineering and technology, health, accounting and human resources).
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred, but not required. Applicants will be considered based on the totality of their merits.
  • Applicants must have their own transportation and be able to travel to work in the Inland Empire


Fellows will be matched with nonprofits based on their interests and the needs of the nonprofit organizations participating in the program.

Work Schedule and Compensation

  • Each fellowship is six months in duration (July 2018 to January 2019).
  • Fellows are expected to commit 35 hours per week.
  • No overtime will be authorized. Hours spent participating in voluntary networking events are not eligible for compensation.
  • Compensation is commensurate with experience and education but will be in the range of $17 per hour.

How to Apply

To be considered for the 2018 class of Center for Social Innovation Nonprofit Fellowship Program, which runs from July 2018 to January 2019, you must submit your application by 11:59pm on Friday, May 25, 2018.

We require that candidates submit the two central application components that are considered by our Fellowship Selection Committee:

  1. Resume: Your professional resume (may include volunteer experience, leadership experience, work-transferrable skills and interests)
  2. Application: Complete the UCRCSI IE Nonprofit Fellowship Program Online Application

Here is a PDF version of the individual application form, for reference purposes only. All application materials must be submitted electronically using the link below, and no later than 11:59pm on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Application for Fellows


Selected applicants will be notified by email and then scheduled for an in-person interview, which will last approximately one hour. Interviews will be conducted throughout May and June and fellowships are anticipated to begin in July.

For Nonprofit Organizations

Who and What We are Looking For

You are a nonprofit organization in the Inland Empire and have an interest in having a Fellow work on a project or program that can help elevate your organization’s existing work or support a new project or program.


  • Participating nonprofit organizations must propose a new position for the Fellow that addresses a gap or emerging interest in their organization.
  • Participating nonprofit organization must provide a working space and required equipment for the Fellow.
  • Each participating nonprofit organization will host one of the Program’s monthly nonprofit development skills workshops, which will be staffed by UCR CSI.

How to Apply

To be considered for hosting a Fellow, nonprofit organizations must submit the completed UCRCSI IE Nonprofit Fellowship Program Online Application for Nonprofit Organizations. Here is a PDF version of the organization application form, for reference purposes only. All application materials must be submitted electronically using the link below, and no later than 11:59pm on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Application for Nonprofit Organizations


For additional information, please contact: Michelle Magalong, UCR CSI Associate Director, at