Become a Fellow

We’re looking for courageous, innovative and compassionate leaders who want to spend 11 months doing so much more than service; advancing their professional skills and accelerating their personal growth while addressing social inequity through meaningful service and mobilizing the Jewish community to volunteer alongside them. 

Think you have what it takes? Apply now to be a Repair the World Fellow. Applications are now open for our 2020-21 cohort.

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The Work You’ll Do

As a Fellow, you’ll be on a team of 3-8 Fellows in your city. You’ll each be partnered with between 1 to 3 non-profits addressing the social justice issues of your community such as environmentalism, homelessness, or food, education, or criminal justices. You will also host educational and social events, get to know your community, and get to know yourself while working to build a more just world. Fellows will also engage the Jewish community through meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming to mobilize their peers to serve.

The Ways You'll Grow

As a Fellow, you’ll receive deep training in a variety of skills including group facilitation, data analysis, public speaking and community engagement. You’ll also spend time learning about Jewish approaches to social justice and dig in deeply with local faculty about inequity in your city. You will also build a broad network of personal and professional contacts through your work as a Fellow.

Where You'll Serve

You could be placed in Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Detroit, Harlem, Miami, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh. You’ll live, serve, and learn together with other Fellows in an inclusive, supportive and pluralistic community. Housing, a living stipend, full health insurance, ongoing professional development and other benefits are covered by Repair the World.

Fellowship Experience

Application Process

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Application

The first step in becoming a Repair the World Fellow is filling out an application. The application includes sharing your resume, filling out some basic information, a few short essay questions, and a short video telling us more about yourself.

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First Round Interview

Applicants who are asked to participate in a first round interview will interview virtually with up to two people including a member of Repair the World’s National Program Staff and Fellowship alumni. First round interviews last between 45 minutes to an hour.

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Local Staff Interview

Applicants who are moved forward in the process will participate in a second round interview with our Local Program Staff. Applicants at this stage may interview with more than one city. Each interview will last between 45 minutes to an hour.

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Decision

Applicants who are selected to be Fellows will be notified by email of their status.

Below you will find a list of helpful FAQs that will better help you understand what it means to be a Fellow

The Repair the World Fellowship is an 11 month immersive service year for young adults passionate about mobilizing the American Jewish community to volunteer alongside them. Based in one of eight Repair the World Communities throughout the United States, Fellows spend a year volunteering with local partners, learning the ins and outs of working at a non-profit, developing their event planning skills, getting to know a community, and getting to know themselves as they work to build a more just world. Fellows will engage the Jewish community through meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming to mobilize their peers to serve alongside them in partnership. The Repair the World Fellowship is for courageous, innovative, and compassionate leaders who want to spend one year doing so much #MoreThanService.

The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone age 21-26, who is authorized to work in the United States.

We also seek to build a community in which all people, including people of color, Jewish or non-Jewish, individuals with disabilities, from working-class backgrounds, and transgender and gender non-conforming folks, find a supportive environment that is focused on their leadership growth.

As Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all community members, applicants do not need to be Jewish to apply, but they should be excited to mobilize the Jewish community to serve and to explore the intersection of Judaism and justice.

The 11-month Fellowship experience begins in mid to late August and concludes in the following July.

The Repair the World Fellowship is not your average service year. Our program model brings our Fellows into the intersection of both a year of service with a local non-profit and galvanizing the Jewish community to serve with dedication and depth. As a Fellow, you have the opportunity not only to build the capacities of our service partners, but also to magnify that impact by educating and recruiting the larger community to serve alongside you.

As well, you’ll be living in a community of other Fellows who are taking on the same mission with their partners, creating a unique and supportive environment of others on the same year-long journey.

There are a few other ways in which we think our program is special:

-Repair the World Fellows take on a variety of responsibilities that can contribute to their personal and professional growth. For example, fellows are given “Internal Team Roles,” (ITR) where they receive specialized training from our national staff to manage their city’s communications, social media, education, and data. In this manner, they develop hard professional skills.

-Fellows are also paired with up to 3 service partners, providing the opportunity to be exposed to multiple non-profits.

-All Fellows participate in weekly learning sessions that focus on a variety of topics, such as local social justice issues, Jewish learning, and building professional skills.

-Through partnerships with universities, Fellows and alumni are eligible for exclusive scholarship opportunities and waived application fees to continue pursuing their passions through higher education.

No one day in the Fellowship is the same, as a Fellow you will participate in a variety of experiences, to both learn from your community and engage them to serve with you.

-You will plan and execute educational and service events to engage the Jewish community in issues around social justice.

-Explore the relationship between Judaism and justice, and delve into local social justice issues through learning from community members, local faculty educators, and your fellow Fellows.

-Facilitate service learning experiences in your community.

-Create true connections to their communities.

This all sounds like a lot, but you will have the support of your local staff and fellow Fellows who have all embarked on the venture with you. One of our Brooklyn alumni captured the experience as the following:

“[What will you do this year?] So many things! Many of them will be brand new and exciting, and will most definitely take you right out of your comfort zone. You’ll plan and host events, go to community board meetings, volunteer almost every day, learn about the community your live in in a way you never have before, connect with people of all ages, eat/sleep/breathe teamwork, develop creative ways of reaching people, challenge your beliefs, feel conflicted, meet more people than you can keep track of, go to services all over the place, get your hands dirty, clean things up, make a visible and palpable difference, and make a whole lot of people smile.” -Shannon Ferguson (Fellow, Repair the World Brooklyn ’15-’16)

Want to talk to a current fellow about the experience? Contact [email protected]

The Fellowship is a broad experience that will have you wearing lots of different hats at various points during your year, our alumni share that the variety of experiences they have had allow them access to a lot of different job opportunities. Some of the skills and concepts we train our
Fellows on are:

-Group Facilitation
-Project Management
-Volunteer Recruitment and Organizing
-Event Planning and Operations
-Partner Management
-Jewish Service Learning
-Food and Education Justice
-Criminal Justice Reform
-Housing/Homelessness
-Environmentalism
-Introductions to Power, Privilege and Oppression
-Jewish Social Justice
-Data management and analysis
-Marketing and Communications

Depending on your issue area and areas of strength and growth you might be experiencing more and different depth around different concepts or skills. Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking, or you are intimidated by event planning. Your fellow fellows and Repair the World staff are there to provide the necessary support as you slowly step out of your comfort zone and learn to address an audience of over 50 people or plan a Shabbat dinner for over 200 attendees. Similarly, if you are interested in a deep dive into the intersection of food and Judaism or want to build your knowledge on Jewish texts addressing social issues, you have the ability to learn from experts in the field and access to Repair the World’s many resources.

As you may have read above, through our Fellowship model, you will build professional skills in volunteer engagement, event planning, data management, social media and communications, volunteer service facilitation, service learning, and more.

On a personal level, the nature of your work will empower you to learn how to create authentic relationships with your community and build deep, sustainable connections with volunteers. These skills, and the many others not listed here, will equip you to pursue your next steps, whatever they may be.

The short answer is: in many different ways!

The longer answer is that training generally takes place in three parts. It starts with a national orientation where fellows have the chance to meet Repair the World staff, familiarize themselves with Repair the World’s approach to service, and start learning the skills necessary to being a successful fellow. Other highlights: social events, guest speakers, and many snacks.

Then, once you have arrived in your service city, you will undergo a more specific 2-3 week orientation led by your local Repair the World staff. During this time, you will have the opportunity to expand on the skills and knowledge gained from the national orientation while also putting down roots in your new community. This includes meeting with service partners, exploring the city, and, most importantly, diving into the work you truly will be doing throughout the year.

Finally, there will be ongoing learning and training sessions throughout the year, which will provide insight into your city’s issue areas, Jewish approaches to social justice, and professional development topics such as how to build your professional network. Of course, this is all in addition to the hands-on learning experiences and advice from experts you’ll be working alongside in your community and service partners throughout the year!

Each of our cities is its own, unique community, and therefore the issues Fellows address vary city to city. Fellows may address housing/homelessness, food justice, education justice, criminal justice, and environmentalism. Repair the World, as an organization, is committed to addressing racial justice in all of its communities. All Fellows learn about racial justice and other systemic inequities in their communities that furthers their understanding of the work they are actually doing on a daily basis.

Hear what an alum of Repair the World Philadelphia has to say!

“…many other issues encompass the work of Repair the World. Fellows address racial justice issues each day in looking at food security, organizing volunteer efforts, and spending time in schools. Mass incarceration is another example of the intersecting work. The school to prison pipeline involves issues of racial justice, educational justice, and many more.” – Becca Lerman (Fellow, Repair the World Philadelphia 2017-18)

Want to hear from a current fellow? Contact [email protected]

We like to say there is no typical day, but rather there is a typical week, and even that varies city-to-city! Overall, Fellows have weekly meetings with their city team, they spend time serving with their service partners, engage in weekly learning and trainings, work on upcoming events, and meet with local community members to build relationships. It may sound daunting, but it truly is one of the strengths of the Fellowship. Fellows have the opportunity to have ownership over their schedules and to take advantage of the multitude of experiences the Fellowship offers.

Alum Becca Lerman sums up her experience:

“Part of what makes the fellowship engaging and meaningful is that each day varies. One day you may start your day at the workshop for a morning meeting with the team and then head out to support your partner organization. The next day you may participate in training, organize an educational event, and meet with community members. Whether you want to attend community events, schedule self care, or volunteer on your own, the schedule is flexible enough to allow for all of it.” – Becca Lerman 2017-2018

Want to hear about a typical week in a particular city from a current fellow? Contact [email protected]

-You will receive a living stipend of $600 per month.
-Repair provides fully furnished housing, with your rent, cable, and utilities covered at no cost to you.
-You can choose to participate in a basic health insurance plan at no cost to you, Repair covers the monthly premiums.
-You’ll also receive an exit stipend of $1,000 when you complete the program.
-The cost of local transportation during the Fellowship is covered by Repair the World. This comes in the form of subway and bus cards in Baltimore, NYC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, and milage coverage in Atlanta, Detroit and Miami,
-As a Repair Fellow, you may have the occasional opportunity to represent the organization at conferences, trainings and events that will also serve to enhance your skills, knowledge and networks. These opportunities look different city to city.
-As a current Fellow and alum, you are eligible for exclusive scholarship opportunities at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and Chatham University.

Note: Fellows are responsible for arranging and covering the cost of their own transportation and baggage fees from their city of origin to Orientation at the beginning of the Fellowship, and from the placement city to the Fellow’s city of origin or next city where they will reside. However, financial assistance to subsidize the cost of travel is available to those in need, and can be confidentially requested before making travel arrangements. Repair the World will ensure that the cost of travel to and from the program will not be a barrier to participating in the program.

In each city, Fellows will live in a fully furnished house or apartment. You can leave all that kitchenware at home! You will be living with your fellow Fellows, each Fellow, however, gets their own room. Fellows tend to live in close proximity to their city’s workspace and service partners.

For more information on a particular city, please contact [email protected]

You will be living with people who have different lifestyles and habits than you, and who come from different living experiences. During national and local orientation, you will work on building your living community, which is a collective endeavor to create a home.

The Fellows may negotiate their living space however they like in a way that makes all housemates comfortable.

All food at full Repair the World fellow gatherings is kosher. Food served at Repair the World events includes kosher options.

All Fellows may be eligible for loan deferment during the Fellowship term. You must request deferment directly from your loan servicer, and ultimately it is the decision of the loan servicer. We cannot guarantee loan deferment, and we are unable to offer forbearance. We can provide any documentation you may need to request or secure deferment. According to the U.S. Department of Education, interest will continue to accrue on loans that are deferred.

To be perfectly honest—we don’t know! And that’s a good thing. The Fellowship offers you the opportunity to develop transferable skills, learn about the Jewish approach to social justice, and open your mind to the great variety of possible futures. What we do know is that you will leave the Fellowship with a vast array of valuable experiences, resources, and connections. A vibrant community of volunteers, local service partners, and your fellow fellows will be a beneficial network as you think about your next steps.
Of course, “we don’t know” isn’t a particularly comforting answer, but you can see for yourself that Fellowship alumni have gone on to do many things including:

-Enrolling in one of the 35+ graduate degree programs offered at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, orChatham University through Repair the World’s unique partnership
-Pursuing graduate degrees in law, medicine, business, and a variety of other fields.
-Founding a company
-Continuing to work full-time for one of their local service partners
-Pursuing careers in the Jewish communal world and the non-profit sector

If you are interested in being connected to admissions at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, or Chatham University, or speaking with an alum, contact [email protected]

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The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone age 21-26.

We also seek to build a community in which all people, including people of color, Jewish or non-Jewish, individuals with disabilities, from working-class backgrounds, and transgender and gender non-conforming folks, find a supportive environment that is focused on their leadership.

 

No, you do not.

Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all members of the community. You don’t need to be Jewish to be a Repair the World Fellow. You do need to be excited about mobilizing the Jewish community to serve. Jewish rituals are infused into the Fellowship experience, starting with the training process. You should also be ready to explore how Jewish values, history, and customs inform our responsibility for creating a better and more just world, and you should be committed to being a part of a Jewish community during your Fellowship experience.

We’re excited to work with you!

In order to be considered for the Fellowship, you must have a fully submitted application. You can begin an application and save it at anytime, just make sure to click the box that says “Save my progress and resume later”. Once you do that, you’ll create a username and password, and will get an email with a link to resume your application. Priority 1 applications are due January 20, 2020, at 5 pm PST. The Priority 2 deadline is March 16, 2020 at 5 pm PST.

The Priority 1 deadline is January 20, at 5 pm PST. The Priority 2 deadline is March 16, 2019. After the Priority 2 deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications received by the Priority 1 deadline, January 20, 2020, are guaranteed an admissions decision by March 6, 2020. These applicants have a high chance of having their city and/or issue area of choice.

Application received following January 20, 2020, by the Priority 2 deadline, March 16, 2020, are guaranteed a decision by April 3, 2020. These applicants still have a chance of receiving their first or second choice of city and/or issue area.

After the April 3 decision date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis according to spaces remaining in the Fellowship.

The admissions process allows us at Repair the World to understand who you are and what is important to you. This is your first chance to tell us about your passions and experiences and to learn more about the Fellowship. The first step in the admissions process is completing and submitting an application. We will ask you to answer a video question and write a couple of short personal essays about your background and interests. Select candidates will be invited for an interview, via a video conferencing platform called Zoom. If invited for a first round interview, please be prepared to use Zoom. Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a first round interview with National Program and Fellowship alumni. Applicants moving forward will be invited to a second round interview with local staff in potential city placements. Applicants may interview with more than one city. In the second round, applicants will be asked to prepare a short presentation for their interview.

Applications to the Repair the World Fellowship are due January 29 to be considered for our Priority Deadline. Applications at this deadline are given a guaranteed notification of acceptance or rejection by March 19. As well candidates who are accepted during the Priority Deadline have a higher chance of receiving their city and issue area of choice.

After the March 19 decision date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis according to spaces left in the Fellowship.

Yes, you will need to submit contact information for two references. These should be individuals whom you have worked with in various contexts (do not provide peer/friend references). At least one should be an individual who has supervised/overseen you. Please only submit up to one academic reference.

Upon submitting your completed application, your references will be sent a recommendation form to complete on your behalf. We unfortunately will not accept letters of recommendation.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept letters of recommendation. All your submitted references must complete the recommendation form on your behalf.

If you have a technical issue, please email our Fellowship Team at  [email protected] and we will assist you as quickly as possible. We highly suggest submitting your application ahead of any deadline, in the event that there are last-minute technical errors.

Yes. Due to the nature of the volunteer work, all Fellows must successfully pass a criminal background check.

Be in touch! You can direct questions to the Fellowship Team at [email protected]

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