2017 Jensen Summer Fellowship Program


Through the generosity of President Eric Jensen and his wife, Elizabeth, ARC is proud to offer the first year of the Jensen Summer Fellowship Program.


Summary

Jensen Summer Fellows will work on projects in partnership with the West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP). Fellows will use their interdisciplinary skills to understand the community-wide goals of neighborhood revitalization. Students will meet with local leaders from for-profits and nonprofits, attend meetings of local government, and review best practices from other communities. Students will also reflect on the connection between the campus and the community as part of IWU’s mission.


Logistics

The fellows will be based out of the WBRP office at 801 West Washington which is the heart of the revitalization efforts. Students will be offered free campus housing as part of the internship. Students must provide their own transportation. Bicycles from the campus bike share may be available.


Timeline

  • March 20, 2017: Application (Google Form) opened to applicants.

  • March 24: Applications due by 5:00pm.

  • March 29: Selected applicants will be invited to interview

  • March 31: Selected fellows notified.

  • The fellowship will be 8 weeks over the summer.


Projects

All Fellows will have an individual project and work as a team to achieve the following projects. All fellows will also be trained as Tool Librarians and Bike Co-Op Techs.

1. Design a marketing campaign to promote the Westside to families and businesses. The realtor study completed by ARC in 2015 showed that there is a lot of work to do in educating local realtors about the value of Westside homes. The 2017 commercial inventory shows vacancies and great potential to for small business development. Increasing vacancy rates (residential and commercial), improves the neighborhood.

2. Coordinate the greening and food justice initiatives on the Westside. The Westside is designated as a Food Desert and improving access to fresh produce is a priority.

3. Launch the new WBRP Bike Co-op. The Co-op will provide space, tools, and training for bike repair. The Co-op will also run an Earn a Bike program for residents to earn a free bike while learning bike maintenance and repair. The Co-op will require management skills and an interest in startups. There are many individuals and groups in the community supporting the co-op and resources will need to be coordinated.

4. Safety and security are important community concerns on the Westside. The new West Jefferson Street Community House is operating and Fellows will provide support for outreach activities. A lighting audit and Light the Night program was started in the 2017 seminar and those efforts can be continued.

 

Stipend

Fellows will be paid a $10.00/hour and work 32 hours per week. Free on-campus housing is available.


Application: Click here to apply. Be prepared to state your preferred project, list references and upload a copy of your resume.


Contact Info:

Bevin Choban, Action Research Center Coordinator

bchoban@iwu.edu, (815) 735-1725