John G. Winant Fellowship
John G. Winant Fellowship
Paid summer undergraduate internships with nonprofit organizations
and government agencies in New Hampshire
About the Fellowship
The Winant fellowship program was established at the University of New Hampshire in 1982 in memory of the late New Hampshire Governor John G. Winant to encourage the professional development of undergraduates with a strong commitment to public service.
The fellowship pays a generous stipend for a summer internship with a New Hampshire nonprofit organization or government agency, recognizing exceptional students with an interest in the nonprofit and public sectors and providing valuable work experience in the field of public service.
Fellowship recipients receive a stipend of $3,250 for full-time summer work (300 hours to be completed anytime between mid-May and late-August) with a nonprofit organization or government agency of their choice, and recipients are recognized for their award in university publications.
For the New Hampshire organization or government agency, this fellowship presents a rare opportunity to receive a highly motivated intern at no cost to them.
Who Can Apply?
To be considered for a Winant fellowship, the applicant must be a New Hampshire resident and a rising junior, senior, or be planning to graduate by September of this year in good academic standing at the University of New Hampshire.
Students will identify and contact an organization where they would work if they were awarded a fellowship. The organization must be based in New Hampshire.
We recommend contacting the organization and inquiring if it has the staff available to supervise a summer intern. Meet with the organization to outline what the work would entail, highlighting how this would further the mission of the organization as well as give the fellow valuable experience that would be useful in a future career. There should be no expectation that the student will work if a fellowship is not awarded.
Here is a handy PDF to share with potential hosts.
It is the aim of the fellowship to support students who promote the ideals held by Governor Winant: I can honestly say that I have no greater ambition in life than to be useful to my fellow man.
The fellowship is awarded and administered by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, and applicants are chosen by an independent review panel. All decisions are final.
Fellows can work with any nonprofit organization (501c3) or government agency based in New Hampshire that assists New Hampshire families and communities, defined broadly. Students that would like to apply for a fellowship but haven’t already selected a host may wish to review the links below for some ideas. Organizations that have recently hosted a Winant Fellow are less likely to receive one in the near future.
- United Way’s Volunteer Action Center at www.volunteersolutions.org
- The UNH Career Center
- The New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits offers information on their member organizations.
Recent recipients of Winant Fellowships and their host organizations include:
- Kelly Dube: Norther Human Services - The Mental Health Agency
- Samantha Howard: Upward Bound
- Kelly Martin: A Safe Place
- Hannah Waller: Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College
- Manchester VA Medical Center's Homeless Program
- Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS)
- Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Government Relations
- Dover Children's Home
- Goodwin Community Health
- NH Fish and Game
- YWCA New Hampshire
- NARAL Pro-Choice NH
- Somersworth Planning Department
- Elizaveta Minko: Breakthrough Manchester
- Candace Stohl: Kremels Center
- Sarah Jamieson: New Hampshire Institute of Agriculture and Forestry
- Teresa Ware: Families in Transition
- Emma Duffy-Comparone: Strafford Rivers Conservancy
- Kaitlyn Ament: Northeast Passage
- Anna Hayes: NH Department of Corrections
Shelly Dionne: Women's Fund of New Hampshire
Thea Dickerman: Affordable Housing, Education, and Development (AHEAD)
Dominic DeSando: New Hampshire Division for Juvenile Justice
Sarah Gormandy: Families First
Artists in Residence
AIDS Response Seacoast
The Chase Home
Department of Elderly Services
Keene Public Library
Manchester Boys' and Girls' Club
Nashua Children’s Association
New Hampshire Attorney General's Office
New Hampshire Bar Association
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture
New Hampshire Division of Corrections
New Hampshire Governor's Office
New Hampshire Women's Policy Institute
Newmarket Recreation Deptartment
Portsmouth District Court
Sexual Assault Support Services
Somersworth Youth Safe Haven
How Do I Apply?
Applicants must be accepted for service as a summer intern with a public organization or agency in New Hampshire by the application deadline (see Internship Hosts for more details).
Write a one- to two-page proposal with the following materials:
- Your contact information, including mailing address, e-mail, and student ID#
- A description in two to three paragraphs of what you hope to accomplish in your summer work
- Any relevant information regarding your commitment to public service, relevant academic or extracurricular experience, and career goals
- Provide the name and website of the organization you wish to work for, as well as the name, position title, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the internship supervisor.
- Confirm the organization is a 501c3 or government agency.
- List the names and contact information of two (2) UNH faculty members who can provide an evaluation of your activities at UNH.
- Enclose an informal or formal copy of your most recent transcript.
Past recipients of the Winant fellowship are discouraged from re-applying.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a NH resident? Yes.
Does the organization or government agency that I work for have to be in New Hampshire? Yes.
What if the organization is based in New Hampshire, but benefits, say, families in Guatemala? That would not qualify based on the terms of the fellowship.
I rent an apartment in Portsmouth. Am I a NH resident? Not necessarily. We must confirm residency with the registrar's office. Typically the address on your official transcript is your official residence.
I won't be back from my semester abroad until June. Is that a problem? No. The 300 hours can be completed anytime during the summer window as long as it is agreed upon with your internship host.
I missed the deadline. Will you still consider my application? Unfortunately, we cannot accept any applications that are not complete by the deadline.
When will I hear back about the committee's decision? We typically contact all applicants by e-mail about seven to ten days after the deadline, usually the same day that the decisions have been made.
What have past successful applications had in common? The work they have set out to do was always well defined and reached beyond just clerical work. The work sought to further both the student's career and the organization's mission.
The deadline to apply for the 2016 Winant Fellowship is March 23, 2016. Applications will be posted later this academic year. If you have any questions, contact Bianca Nicolosi at 862-1695.