BPD invites BSW students who are currently enrolled or who have completed a policy course(s) to apply for the Summer 2001
Policy Fellow Award sponsored by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD).
Policy Fellow experience will provide opportunity for an undergraduate social work student to spend the summer of 2001 in
Washington D.C. to gain experience in the areas of political advocacy, obbying, and participating in policy change efforts
at the national level.
The selected Fellow is expected to spend 8 to 10 weeks in Washington D.C. under the supervision
of very capable social work professionals in the area of congressional advocacy and leadership. At this time the Fellow will
have an office space at NASW Headquarters in downtown Washington D.C.
The stipend amount awarded is $5,000, which
can be used any way the Fellow deems necessary to assist in covering expenses. The Fellow is responsible for arranging his/her
Any interested students should have an interest in addressing social work issues through policy-change
and advocacy experiences and have an appreciation of social work and government interaction. The student must be willing to
perform administrative and research activities. Basic computer skills are xpected including the ability to do research on
The applicant must submit a resume, a current copy of his/her transcript (unofficial), two letters
of reference (only one from a social work faculty member), which specifically addresses the applicants' ability to work as
an advocate on legislative policy.
In addition, the applicant must submit a statement of approximately 1,000 words
that addresses the following questions:
a) What experience do you feel you have had that prepared you for this opportunity?
b) What are some of your professional goals that would compliment this policy fellow experience?
c) How would you
envision using your social work knowledge of policy to contribute to the passing of social work legislation (for example,
the National Center on Social Work Research Legislation)?
d) What is your understanding of the federal political process
and how social work knowledge and skills can be used more effectively in our government?
The recipient of the Fellow
Award must also commit to attend the BPD conference in Denver, Colorado to present their Washington experience on Saturday,
November 3rd. (BPD will pay for air travel and one night's lodging for the student selected). The recipient will also be required
to write an article on his/her experience for publication.
Deadline for receipt of this material is February 20th.
Please send four (4) copies of resume, letters of reference, transcript, and statement of interest to:
BPD Policy Fellow Committee
University of North Alabama
Florence, AL 35632-0001