VOCARE SUMMER FELLOWS PROGRAM
About the Program
Grounded in our belief that advancing the common good is an indispensable ingredient of meaningful work, the Vocare Summer Fellows Program encourages students to explore work or study experiences that promote justiceenvironmental, racial, social, economic, etc.
The program offers summer grants up to $5,000 to (1) pursue unpaid summer internships at nonprofit organizations or (2) study in non-traditional countries. This program hopes to help you broaden your horizons, find your callings and expand your imaginations when thinking about your future professional lives.
Although applications will be examined on rolling basis, please submit a detailed proposal to the Honors Program by April 15.
The proposal will include:
- A project or program description
- An explanation of how this experience will promote justice
- Rationale for how the program or experience will enhance your educational, professional, or vocational goals
- Detailed budget for necessary expenses
Students must also submit:
- Current resume
- Current unofficial transcript
- One letter of recommendation from a Villanova University faculty member
- Articulation of the project
- Its promotion of justice
- Strength of the application materials
- Distinctiveness of the opportunity
Austin Glass '22 speaks about his internship experience
This past summer I worked with a local non-profit called the Joy of Sox. They primarily
serve people experiencing homelessness by providing them with socks
and just generally promoting healthy foot care.
The most exciting part about my experience was the opportunity to see
kind of the totality of the non-profit from donation to actually providing those
experiencing homelessness with socks. Because it was a smaller non-profit,
I had that chance to see it from end to end, and that was really a great opportunity.
This experience impacted my professional goals. It confirmed that I want to work in a space where I'm
kind of leveraging my skills from my business education
and my economics understanding in a way that kind of serves social good,
working across the private and public sector to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness.
The Vocare funding was extremely impactful for me because it really gave me this chance
to do this internship. I would not have had kind of the confidence approaching something like this
in the non-profit world without knowing that I was going to have costs covered. It was a really
great way that I could take that step forward in my career and kind of professional aspirations.
Additionally, I do plan on attending law school down the road. Having funding and kind of being
sure that I was financially stable doing this internship was really important to me.