The Weitz Fellows Program

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

2022 Weitz Fellows

The Weitz Fellows Program provides one-year, full-time jobs for six Carleton 2023 grads at six nonprofit organizations in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Positions are paid, include benefits and funding for professional development, and provide cross-functional, professional experience in all aspects of the fellow’s organization. This is an unparalleled opportunity for anyone interested in beginning a career in arts management, nonprofit management, or social change.

2023 Timeline

  • Informational Meeting & Drop-ins: Thursday, January 19 – 1:30-3:00 p.m.,  AGH Meeting Room
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 5 at 11:59:00 p.m. CST; Apply via Handshake (positions will be posted by December 5)

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

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.


Positions

Arts & Music

  • Film Streams (Current Fellow: Isabel Anderson ’22, (Majors: Cinema and Media Studies, English Creative Writing)
    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. The organization oversees two wonderful and distinct cinemas: the Ruth Sokolof Theater, and the historic Dundee Theater. View the job posting.
  • The Union for Contemporary Art (Current Fellow: Ty Quigley ’22, (Major: Studio Art)
    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. The fellow will be immersed in all aspects of our organization including development, operations, programming, grantmaking, and community outreach and partnerships. The fellow will also work on an impactful individual project while with us. View the job posting.

Community Development & Education

  • University of Nebraska, Omaha Service Learning Academy (Former Fellow: Nhan Le ’21, Major: Geology)
    The Service Learning Academy develops and maintains relationships with the Greater Omaha nonprofit community, as well as government entities and others who serve the good of the community. As an office within the University, the Service Learning Academy 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 includes collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders, community involvement and outreach, program administration and management, and data analysis on the impact of the Service Learning Academy’s work. View the job posting.

Law & Policy

  • Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest (Current Fellow: Clarissa Guzman ’22, Majors: Sociology/Anthropology, Educational Studies)
    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 engage in relationship building at all levels, event planning and coordination, and will participate in creating active legislation alongside a staff of attorneys, policy specialists, and community organizers. View the job posting.
  • Nebraska Civic Engagement Table (Current Fellow: Arlo Hettle ’22, Majors: Political Science/International Relations, Educational Studies)
    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: Emily Schulenberg ’22, Major: Statistics)
    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. The fellow will assist with research, policy development, communications, and donor and volunteer relations. Research areas include economic conditions, domestic violence, and challenges facing girls. View the job posting.

Fellow Highlights

The fellowship allowed me to develop research and writing skills in relation to work that is meaningful and interesting to me. My time at the Women’s Fund helped me clarify my career goals and recognize my interest in state-level public policy work. Landing in a new place without connections was really daunting, and it can still feel difficult every once in a while even in my second year here, but the support from an amazing group of colleagues and a built-in support network gave me the confidence I needed to build community in Omaha and call it home.

Natalia Tu ’21, Sociology/Anthropology, Chinese (Women’s Fund of 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)