The Weitz Fellows Program

Carleton-exclusive opportunities for eight graduating seniors in the nonprofit sector

2021 Weitz Fellows

The Weitz Fellows Program will provide one-year jobs for eight Carleton 2022 grads at eight nonprofit organizations in Omaha and Lincoln, NE. Positions are paid, include benefits and funding for professional development, and will provide professional experience all aspects of the organization. This is an unmatched opportunity for anyone interested in beginning a career in arts management, nonprofit management, or social change.

2022 Timeline

  • Virtual Information Session: Thursday, January 13 – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.; register
  • Virtual 1:1’s with Weitz Host Organizations: Thursday, January 13 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; register for a 1:1 slot
  • Virtual drop-ins with the 2021 Weitz Fellows: Thursday, January 13 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; register for the group event
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 13th – 11:59:00 p.m. CST; Apply via Handshake (can apply for up to three)

Informational Packet: Program overview, locations, application details, and organization & position descriptions

These are competitive opportunities. You are highly encouraged to have your application materials reviewed by a career coach or a Student Career Assistant (SCA) prior to submitting them via Handshake.


Arts & Music

  • Film Streams (Current Fellow: Louisa Ballinger ’21, Major: Cinema and Media Studies)
    Nonprofit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of the Omaha-Council Bluffs area through the presentation and discussion of film as an art form. Organization oversees two wonderful and distinct cinemas: the Ruth Sokolof Theater, and the historic Dundee Theater.
  • Opera Omaha (Current Fellow: Joy Onyeanu ’21, Major: Psychology)
    Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches thousands from elementary school through adulthood. Fellow will work with all areas of arts management, with rotations in marketing, fundraising, production, and community engagement. Fellow will also gain exposure to rehearsal and mounting of a new opera production.
  • The Union for Contemporary Art (Current Fellow: Isabel Arevalo ’21, Major: Studio Art, Minor: Latin American Studies)
    The Union for Contemporary Art strengthens the cultural and social landscape of our community by using the arts as a vehicle to inspire positive social change. The organization was founded on the belief that the arts can be a vehicle for social justice and greater civic engagement; we strive to utilize the arts as a bridge to connect our diverse community in innovative and meaningful ways. Fellow will be immersed in all aspects of our organization including development, operations, programming, grantmaking, and community outreach and partnerships. Fellow will also work on an impactful individual project while with us.

Community Development & Education

  • Latino Center of the Midlands (Current Fellow: Claudia Hernandez Barrientos ’21, Major: Latin American Studies, Minor: ​Spanish and Educational Studies)
    Latino Center of the Midlands hopes to enhance the lives of the Heartland Latino Community by supporting the education and development of our youth and adults; promoting comprehensive engagement of our families in all facets of their lives; and by fostering leadership through a variety of services and activities.
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha Service Learning Academy (Current Fellow: Nhan Le ’21, Major: Geology)
    The Service Learning Academy is an office within University that supports university faculty and students, P-12 teachers and students, and community partners in the development and implementation of quality service learning courses and projects. Work will involve collaborating with partners and projects, assisting with program administration and management, as well as analyzing data on impact.

Law & Policy

  • Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest (Current Fellow: Andrew Farias ’21, Major: Environmental Studies, ​Political Science/​International Relations)
    Nebraska Appleseed is an advocacy organization working for justice and opportunity in Nebraska via legal, policy, and civic engagement work. They focus on economic justice, healthcare access, child welfare, immigrants and communities. Fellows will participate in creating active legislation alongside a staff of attorneys, policy specialists, and community organizers.
  • Nebraska Civic Engagement Table (Current Fellow: Bill Yang ’21, Major: Biology, History)
    The Nebraska Civic Engagement Table works with nonprofits to increase voting and build an engaged Nebraska.

Women’s Rights

  • Women’s Fund of Omaha (Current Fellow: Natalia Tu ’21, Major: Sociology/Anthropology, Minor: Chinese)
    Women’s Fund of Omaha focuses on research, grants, and advocacy around issues facing women and girls in their communities. They provide grant funding to service providers, advocate for policy change, and influence dynamic change within the community. Fellow will assist with research, policy development, communications, and donor and volunteer relations. Research areas include: economic conditions, domestic violence, and challenges facing girls.

Fellow Highlights

I really loved my time with the Opera. It gave me great insight into how a professional workplace functions, and even though my career goals are no longer within the arts nonprofit world, I learned so much about myself and what I want to spend my life doing through the Fellowship. I made great connections and gained a deeper appreciation for all kinds of nonprofit work, which will absolutely help me as a future administrator in higher education!

Erica Helgerud ’20, English (Opera Omaha)

My fellowship helped me to understand how nonprofits run, and what life working for a nonprofit would look like. I’m hoping to move into political marketing/communications, and working at Appleseed helped me to realize that I’m interested in a combination of writing, working with people, and using digital tools. While I loved my work at Appleseed and the policy-centered work, through that work I realized that I’m more interested in the political side of policy work. I think it’s super important for the fellowship to help not only with what you DO want to do, but also with what you DON’T want to do!

Nora Brown ’19, Philosophy (Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest)

My fellowship helped me to think about not only what kind of issues are important to me and what I really want to contribute to in the future, but also the best way for me to contribute. For example, my fellowship helped me to see that I wasn’t as geared toward being an art museum curator as I thought I would be, but that I might enjoy legal work. And now I’m in law school, and I really enjoy it! I can see myself returning to the nonprofit sphere and using my legal education to contribute in a way that is more consistent with my own personality and the type of work that I enjoy.

Joseph Druckman ’19, Art History (Joslyn Art Museum)

The fellowship taught me a lot about professional and personal growth…Ultimately, I decided to move in a direction with a more clearly defined field (energy and climate), but the professional elements of the job are things I have brought into my personal life (volunteering, understanding community, asset-based thinking, etc.). Moving to a place where I didn’t know anyone and had no connections was scary after leaving Carleton and at times it was really hard. But, I learned a lot about building community and understanding new places and was ultimately the best thing I could have done after Carleton.

Jenna Greene ’17, Environmental Studies (University of Nebraska Omaha Service Learning Academy)