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Urban Education Fellowship

The Urban Education Fellowship is a part of the broader University of Richmond Summer Fellowships Program.

The CCE Urban Education Fellows Program is for students interested in deepening their understanding of urban public education and working with Richmond non-profit partners to provide high-quality learning experiences for youth.  Fellows will intern in Richmond from approximately June 19-August 6 with an organization that provides summer enrichment and the opportunity for working directly with youth. Students applying for one of these competitive fellowships should contact the organizations on their own to arrange a summer internship.  

Past Urban Education Fellows have worked for organizations like Higher Achievement-Richmond as a summer teacher, the Youth Life Foundation of Richmond, and CHAT. Other organizations are also eligible for the Urban Education Fellowship as long as the Fellow is working directly with youth in the Richmond area.

Applicants are welcome to discuss their interests with Center for Civic Engagement or Career Services staff to see if this program is a good fit.  If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Piazza, CCE program manager.


Prior to April 3, 2017: Complete the application process for an organization and secure a summer internship. Create a resume. Please note that resumes must go through the Office of Career Services' Resume Check process.  This process typically takes 24-48 hours.

April 3, 2017: UR Summer Fellowship and Urban Education Fellowship applications due.

April 10, 2017: Applicants will be notified.

April 19, 2017 at 5p.m.: Fellows will be required to attend an on-campus orientation in April prior to the end of the Spring 2017 semester.

June 18, 2017: Kickoff Dinner in Richmond, VA.

June 19-August 4, 2017: Fellows intern with their selected organization.  Each week, fellows from all organizations will gather for a lab session.  During these lab sessions, Fellows will meet faculty and non-profit experts in public education, policy, and history, take field trips, and reflect on their experiences.  Fellows will also spend time throughout the summer reading articles and essays on urban education.

August 5, 2017: Fellows attend a culminating institute.  Summer journals will be due at this time.

Fall 2017: Fellows will share their experiences back with the UR community via public presentations. The content and timing of these presentations will be decided at the culminating institute.


Applicants must be continuing, full-time, degree-seeking University of Richmond undergraduate students in good standing. Undergraduate students from any school or discipline may apply. Applicants must also meet UR Summer Fellowship guidelines.

Students are selected for the Urban Education Fellows Program based on the following:

  • Demonstration of how the internship fits into intellectual and/or personal growth
  • Quality of the application
  • Learning objectives

A resume and a recommendation is required. 
Application deadline: April 3, 2017

2016 Urban Education Fellows

Noah Clarke, Class of 2018
Major: International Studies: World Politics & Diplomacy; Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law
Placement: Youth Life-Delmont

Liz Nigro, Class of 2017
Major: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law
Placement: Youth Life-REMIX

Lindsay Palmisano, Class of 2017
Major: Leadership Studies
Placement: Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT)

Abigail Sohkhlet, Class of 2017
Major: Psychology
Placement: Youth Life-Delmont

Will Stith, Class of 2018
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Placement: Youth Life-Delmont

Maddie Wittch, Class of 2017
Major: Journalism and Political Science
Placement: Higher Achievement-Henderson Achievement Center

2015 Urban Education Fellows

Mary Allen, May 2016
Major: Psychology
Placement: Youth Life Foundation-Richmond REMIX program

Michaela Aymong, May 2016 
Major: Cognitive Science Minor: Education and Society
Placement: Youth Life Foundation-Richmond REMIX program

Kelly Bristow, May 2016
Major: English Minor: Secondary Education, Teacher Licensure
Placement: Higher Achievement-Richmond

Hallie Carroll, May 2016
Major: English Minor: Secondary Education, Teacher Licensure
Placement: Higher Achievement-Richmond

Emily Kelly, May 2016
Major: Theatre
Placement: Higher Achievement-Richmond

Matthew McKenna, May 2016
Major: History Minor: Education and Society, Journalism
Placement: Youth Life Foundation-Richmond REMIX program

Shayna Sweezy, May 2017
Major: Psychology & Philosophy Minor: History
Placement: Youth Life Foundation-Richmond REMIX program

2014 Urban Education Fellows

Isabelle Maris Harrison, May 2016
Major: Social Sciences/Political Science
Placement: Youth Life Foundation of Richmond: REMIX
Hannah Ariel Jacobs, May 2015
Major: Humanities/History
Placement: Higher Achievement-Richmond
Amalia Kim Kobelja, Dec 2014
Major: Sciences/Biology
Placement: Youth Life Foundation of Richmond
William Frederic Leach, May 2015
Major: Humanities/Italian Studies
Placement: Higher Achievement-Richmond
Sarah Ambrose Lee, May 2015
Major: Humanities/Latin American & Iberian Studies
Placement: Youth Life of Richmond
Violet Hyland Miller, May 2015
Major: Social Sciences/International Studies: World Politics & Diplomacy
Placement: Higher Achievement-Richmond

Erica Yamamoto, May 2015
Major: Sciences/Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Placement: Higher Achievement-Richmond

Application Deadlines

Urban Education Fellowship: April 3, 2017

Prospective Fellows must complete the UR Summer Fellowship application as well as the Urban Education Fellowship supplement.

Prospective Fellows must also apply directly to an organization for an internship.