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Weitz Fellows

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

The Weitz Fellows Program will provide one-year jobs for eight Carleton 2018 grads at eight nonprofit organizations in Omaha and Lincoln, NE.  Positions are paid, include benefits and funding for professional development, and will provide exposure to all aspects of the organization.  This is an unmatched opportunity for anyone interested in beginning a career in arts management, non-profit management, or social change.

Information Session: Tuesday, October 24th - 12pm, RSVP via the Tunnel required!

Participating organization descriptions and names of current fellows:

  • Girls Inc. (Current Fellow: Ayana Lance ’17, Major: Cinema and Media Studies)
    Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed.
  • Joslyn Art Museum (Current Fellow: Alison Ball ’17, Major: History)
    The Joslyn Art Museum features European and American collections, and is renowned for its collection of art of the American West.  Fellow will work closely with staff on projects related to the Museum's permanent collection, its temporary exhibitions, and its public programs, and will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of museum operations, including curatorial, collections, protection, education, retail services, outreach, development and marketing.
  • Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest (Current Fellow: Raul Noguera-McElroy '17, Major: 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.
  • OpenSky Policy Institute (Current Fellow: Lillie Cox '17, Major: Economics)
    OpenSky Policy Institute focuses on policy related to budget and taxation, particularly as pertains to low and middle-income families.  They work closely with the legislature and governor’s office.  The primary audience is lawmakers and media, and the work is bipartisan with a focus on data.  The fellow will conduct research and analysis on state budget and tax policies, produce reports for policy makers, and develop expertise in policy areas.
  • Opera Omaha (Current Fellow: Elaine Sundberg '17, Major: History, Archaeology)
    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.
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha Service Learning Academy (Current Fellow: Jenna Greene '17, Major: Environmental Studies, Political Economy)
    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.
  • Urban League (Current Fellow: Kayla Toney ’17, Major: Photography and Optics)
    The Urban League offers a variety of programs and services focused on empowering Nebraska’s youth, providing career support, finding affordable health care services and creating safer communities. The Urban League of Nebraska also invests in community leaders, connecting individuals and organizations to volunteer and leadership opportunities.
  • Women’s Fund of Omaha (Current Fellow: Ingrid Hofeldt ’17, Major: Sociology/Anthropology, Women's and Gender Studies)
    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.

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Proposal to tap Nebraska's Property Tax Credit Fund for extra school aid finds friends among farmers but some foes among schools. - Omaha World-Herald | Featured Fellow: Micaela LaRose, speaking for the OpenSky Policy Institute


Fellow Highlights

My time thus far at the Women's Fund has been nothing short of inspiring. In just a few months, I've been able to do outreach with teens at community events, assist compiling testimony for state senators, and sit around tables with leaders working to change our sexual and reproductive health care system for the better. All the while, I've been welcomed and encouraged by so many members of Omaha's extensive but close-knit non-profit world.  Emily Scotto ’15, Anthropology (Women's Fund)

The most rewarding part of the job is seeing everything come together for our productions - seeing the performers take the stage really hammers home what it is that all of your work is going towards (even the most monotonous of daily duties)!  The size of Opera Omaha is a double-edged sword, but I think of it as quite beneficial.  Having only 11 full-time staff members running a professional opera company means that our office life is highly collaborative.  It also means that there is plenty of room for me to make real contributions to the company - it's great to put forth a few ideas for a new project and receive immediate and full support from your supervisors!  I feel very fortunate that I'm employed at a company where I can apply my numerous interests to a variety of projects - it's a great way for a liberal-arts student to explore the numerous possibilities present in the professional world.  Stella Fritzell ’15, Classics & Music (Opera Omaha)

The greatest part of my job is putting a face to the problems that people in poverty are facing and elevating their story in the public and in the state legislature so that real changes can be made. During my time at Appleseed, I have conducted a focus group on Payday loans, organized advocacy training events, trained a team of Medicaid Expansion field interns, and created educational resources for State Senators and the general public. Appleseed has a large vibrant staff and we keep ourselves busy every day attending to our mission to "stand up for justice for all Nebraskans." Tori Ostenso ’15, American Studies (Nebraska Appleseed)

We encourage you to take full advantage of the Career Center as you prepare for any of these opportunities. Please narrow your application to two of these opportunities.  We are here to review your resume & cover letter and help you with your interview skills.

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This page was last updated on 19 October 2017