Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for JKHF Fellowship Applicants


About the Fellowship

+ What's included in the fellowship?

  • Leadership development
  • Issue exploration
  • Project Work
  • Mentoring
  • Networking opportunities within the Triangle with community leaders and peers
  • Social media and marketing experience - blogging, Instagram, etc.
  • Fundraising and event planning

+ What is the time commitment?

  • 40 hours per week from May 21, 2018 through August 17, 2018, with 4 days Paid Time Off (PTO).

  • Work time is generally 9 am - 5 pm, with optional weekend, evening, and overnight components.

  • Time off will need to be approved by the JKHF Director of Programs and be coordinated with the Fellow’s project partner.

+ What is the stipend?

  • All Fellows receive a base stipend of $6,000 total, paid evenly throughout Fellowship.

  • Fellows are paid bi-weekly as W-2 employees for the duration of the Fellowship.

  • For Fellows with additional needs, we provide housing, transportation, and childcare stipends. Fellows can qualify by indicating their need on their application.

+ What will my project be?

  • Your project will involve partnering with a local organization, typically nonprofit, focused on the issue area. In order to see examples of previous fellows’ projects, check out our alumni information (insert link).

  • Project selection will happen after Fellows are selected. We aim to match Fellows with projects based on their talents, skills, and interests.

  • We encourage applicants to consider what you are looking for in your Fellowship experience, and we will work to connect you to an organization who will provide you a high-impact project opportunity.

  • We anticipate that Fellows will be matched with their projects about 1 month before the Fellowship begins.


About you

+ Is there an age requirement?

All Fellows must be 21 years old by May 1, 2018.

+ Do I need to live in Raleigh?

While you are not required to live in Raleigh, you will need to be within daily driving distance of Raleigh. If you need housing in Raleigh in order to participate, we offer stipends based on need. Please indicate your need on your application and confirm with the Director of Programs upon selection.

+ Tell me more about the housing stipend.

If you need support with housing, we will do our best to meet the need you identify. In the past, this support has included providing a furnished apartment in Raleigh, a furnished room in a private home in Raleigh, or a monetary stipend to cover all or part of the cost of your current housing in another city in the Triangle. We have found that every Fellow has a different need, and we work to help ensure that your financial need around housing does not limit your ability to fully participate in the program.

If JKHF provides housing, you may be responsible for all additional amenities, including the cost of electricity, water, trash, sewage, cable, Wi-Fi, etc. You will also need to provide renter’s insurance. We provide high speed internet at our co-working space in Raleigh, which is accessible 24/7 to our Fellows.

+ Do I need my own technology?

Yes - cell phone and laptop. We provide a tablet and access to high-speed internet at our co-working space, Loading Dock Raleigh. Your Loading Dock Raleigh membership for the duration of the Fellowship also includes access to printing and a fax machine.

+ Do I need to belong to a specific political party?

Though Jamie was a Democrat and fundraised for Democratic candidates, the Fellowship is open to individuals of all political backgrounds.

+ Do I need to have a certain education level or amount of professional work experience?

There is no specific education level or professional work experience required for the Fellowship. We are looking for Fellows who have the capacity and desire to fully engage with and complete our program. Many of our past Fellows have been enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programs or have already completed their undergraduate degree. We have also hosted Fellows who are young professionals looking to expand their skills and knowledge through a new experience.

+ Do I need to be a US citizen?

No. You need to be authorized to work lawfully in the United States. If you receive an offer to be a Fellow and you accept, you’ll be asked to complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and provide acceptable documentation as described on that form at the start of employment


About the application

+ When and where will interviews take place?

February 12 through 16, 2018 during business hours at Loading Dock Raleigh (1053 Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 115, Raleigh, NC 27604).

+ When will I be notified if I have been selected?

February 21, 2018

+ If I’m not chosen, can I apply again?

Yes! We encourage you to re-apply and you will be fully considered.

+ Who can I contact if I have a problem with the application form?

Kelli Raker, Director of Programs, kelli@jamiekirkhahnfoundation.org

+ Who should I use as a reference?

A strong reference is someone who can speak positively to your work ability. Past or current supervisors, colleagues, classmates, or anyone who has worked alongside you on projects or in an office environment have previously provided strong references. Professional mentors can be a fit if you feel they can speak to your work ethic and ability.

Be sure to talk to your reference about your application prior to including them on your application.

+ I'm ready to apply.

Great! We recommend that you type out your answers to the application in a separate document, and then paste them in when you are ready to submit your application.

The link for applications will be available on November 15, 2017.