BPD invites BSW students who are currently enrolled or who have completed a policy course(s) to apply for the Summer 2003
Policy Fellow Award sponsored by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) in collaboration with
the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR).
This BSW Policy Fellow experience will provide opportunity for an undergraduate social work student to spend the summer
of 2003 in Washington D.C. to gain experience in the areas of political advocacy, lobbying, 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 capable supervision of the Executive
Director of IASWR. It is anticipated that the Fellow will have 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 their own housing.
Students applying should have an interest in addressing social work issues through policy-change at the national level
and have an understanding of the policy changing process. The student must be willing to perform administrative and research
activities. Basic computer skills are expected including the ability to do research on the internet.
The applicant must submit a resume, a current copy of their transcript (unofficial), two letters of reference (only one
from a social work faculty member), which specifically address the applicants' ability to work as an advocate on legislative
In addition, the applicant must submit a statement of approximately 1,000 words that addresses the following questions:
a) Based on your area of interest and knowledge of the policy making process how would you envision using your social
work knowledge of policy to contribute to the passing of social work legislative issues? (e.g. the National Center for Social
Work Research Act - see www.cswe.org)
b) What are some of your professional goals that would compliment this policy fellow experience?
c) What experiences do you feel you have had that prepared you for this opportunity?
The recipient of the Fellow Award must also commit to attend the BPD conference in Reno, Nevada to present their Washington
experience on Saturday, October 25th. (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 their experience for publication.
Deadline for receipt of the application material is February 17, 2003. Please send four (4) copies of the resume, letters
of reference, transcript, and statement of interest to:
Dr. Jack Sellers, Chair
BPD Policy Fellow Committee
University of North Alabama
The Chair of the Selection Committee will e-mail or call each applicant within seven days after receiving the application
to confirm that the application was received. If the applicant has not received a receipt confirmation within seven days,
please notify Dr. Sellers by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling him at 256-765-4391.
The winner of the 2002 Summer Policy Fellow Award will be announced by March 31, 2003.
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