Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Civic Leadership Fellows Program (CLF): What is CLF?

The Civic Leadership Fellows program matches Federal Work-Study eligible students at Miami Dade College (MDC) who will be Changemakers with an organization dedicated to improving the community and working for the public good.

Gain Experience. Get Paid. Be a Changemaker. Become a Civic Leadership Fellow

Why do an Internship Program in College?

On the fence about committing to the Fellows program and doing work similar to an internship? Not sure if it's better to just work part-time at a local store or restaurant? Read the articles below to get a better idea of the benefits of an internship program and see why the Civic Leadership Fellows program is the next best step for your personal and professional goals.

Overview of the Civic Leadership Fellows (CLF) Program

What is the Civic Leadership Fellows program?

A Civic Leadership Fellow is a student at Miami Dade College (MDC) who is placed with a community organization serving the public in a role similar to an internship. Fellows are expected to spend 10 to 20 hours at the organization a week and between 1 to 5 hours a week on campus participating in leadership development activities and fostering partnership opportunities between the organization and MDC. They are paid $12 an hour through Federal Work-Study.

Why have Civic Leadership Fellows?

Miami and Miami-Dade County have some of the lowest levels of volunteerism in the country, despite our community facing consistent problems that take people power to solve. Families are going hungry. COVID-19 has exposed public health inequities and distrust. Minorities, LGBTQ+ identifying people, and women continue to fight for justice and equality. Many hardworking Americans are seeking citizenship. The consequences of climate change threaten our livelihoods and way of life. We need leaders and professionals dedicated to combatting these problems in our community, state, country, and world. The Civic Leadership Fellows program intends to develop that next generation of leaders to tackle these issues and motivate more people in South Florida – especially other MDC students – to get involved.

What benefits do I gain from becoming a Civic Leadership Fellow?

Aside from the personal gratification of working for a cause you care about, Civic Leadership Fellows are paid $12 an hour while serving their community. This is uncommon as many similar programs or internships at non-profits or community organizations are unpaid. Fellows also participate in a wealth of leadership development trainings from the MDC Institute for Civic Engagement & Development (iCED) team and become part of a network of like-minded changemakers. For anyone interested in working in the public or non-profit sector, this is an excellent chance to build experience. For anyone interested in transferring to a four-year institution, this is also a great way to set you apart from other applicants and be prepared to make an impact at your new institution.

What are the requirements for becoming a Civic Leadership Fellow?

To be eligible for the Civic Leadership Fellows program, an MDC student must:

  • Qualify for Financial Aid and receive Federal Work Study
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credits for the duration of the program
  • Commit to working 10-25* hours a week at the organization for at least two semesters (preference will be given to those who can commit for multiple semesters)

*Number of hours per week will be determined by your Federal Work-Study allocation and your availability

Changemaking at MDC