John G. Winant Fellowship

John G. Winant Fellowship

Paid Summer undergraduate internships with nonprofit organizations and government agencies in New Hampshire


Former New Hampshire Governor John G. Winant.
    Former New Hampshire Governor John G. Winant.
"My time with Northeast Passage has been the most valuable aspect of my college career and has given me the stepping-stones that I need to have a fulfilling career." -Kaitlyn Ament, BS, Recreation Management and Policy, Therapeutic Recreation Option; 2010 Winant Fellow

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.

Internship Hosts

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.

Recent recipients of Winant Fellowships and their host organizations include:


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

Other past fellows have worked at organizations including the following:

  • A Safe Place
  • Artists in Residence
  • AIDS Response Seacoast
  • The Chase Home
  • Department of Elderly Services
  • Dover Children’s Home
  • Keene Public Library
  • Manchester Boys’ and Girls’ Club
  • Nashua Children’s Association
  • New Heights
  • 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
  • Summerbridge Manchester

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.


"On some days I stayed up very late, trying to perfect a PowerPoint or a homework assignment, and most days I felt like I did not get enough sleep. But I had the drive to go forward because I knew that if I expected my students to learn and do the best they could, I needed to demand the most from myself." - Elizaveta Minko, 2011 Fellow at Breakthrough Manchester

"This summer I have learned a new motto that will stay with me throughout the rest of my career, 'The limitations are only what is in your head; everything else is just a technical problem.'” - Kaitlyn Ament, 2010 Fellow

"Before my Winant Fellowship at AIDS Response Seacoast, my understanding of HIV/AIDS was limited to a strictly theoretical plane. One of the rewarding aspects of this fellowship was translating an abstract concept into a lived reality that is manifest in the people I’ve encountered and the passion I now possess for this work." - Cait Vaughan, English major, Winant fellow ‘07

“The experience that I have gained and the relationships that I have made (through the Winant Fellowship) not only benefited the children I worked with, but have also benefited me as a person and as a professional.” - Anna Wood, Theraputic Recreation major, Winant Fellow ‘07

“I believe I have laid the groundwork for future musicians. None of my campers this summer amazed me with their musical talent, but about 100 campers amazed me with their passion for music, and in the long run they will eventually amaze themselves.” - Jessica Cawley, Music major, Winant Fellow, ‘06

“After having received and completed the Winant internship, it is apparent that it will have a lasting effect on my future goals and career plans. My internship with the State’s Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice gave me a close and personal view of juvenile detention programs, rehabilitation programs, and laws…I have been awarded an experience that not many will have.” - Kathryn Fazio, Psychology and Justice Studies, Winant Fellow ‘04

The deadline to apply for the 2015 Winant Fellowship has closed. Recipients will be notified by mid April. If you have any questions, contact Amy Sterndale at 862-4650.