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Center for Urban and Regional Excellence

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The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) at Indiana University Northwest engages the University and the community in the creation of positive, sustainable and impactful programs and initiatives.  CURE works collaboratively with organizations in all sectors to promote continued learning, solution-based interaction and mutually-beneficial partnerships in our communities.

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CURE is now accepting applications for the CURE Graduate Fellowship!
Application Deadline: September 22, 2017, 11:59pm CDT 

About the CURE Graduate Fellowship (2017-2018):

The CURE Graduate Fellowship will provide the selected individual with significant work experiences, opportunities for professional development, and leadership responsibilities. During the 2017 Fall semester, the selected Graduate Fellow will work collaboratively with the Director and Assistant Director of CURE to develop enhanced community engaged learning experiences for IU Northwest students. During the fall of 2017, the work will include program development and in the spring of 2018, the Graduate Fellow will work closely with a small number of undergraduate students on a select community-based project.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Enrollment at IU Northwest as a graduate student for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills.
  • Commitment to engaging in mutually beneficial partnerships in the community.

Fellow Responsibilities:

  • Attend training sessions, organizational meetings, and monthly meetings (specific dates will be determined by CURE in concert with the selected Fellow).
  • Complete 3-5 hours of work with CURE each week (hours are flexible).
  • Exhibit positive role modeling and professionalism in all interactions.

Benefits of the Fellowship:

Opportunities to:

  • Deepen your commitment to and understanding of the community and university.
  • Strengthen your skills in communication of all forms.
  • Develop professional relationships in both the community and university.
  • Demonstrate real-world application of knowledge and skills to future employers.

To Apply:

Applicants are required to submit the following items as a single pdf by email to by September 22, 2017, 11:59pm CDT with the subject line “CURE Graduate Fellowship.”

1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

2. Two references, with accompanying contact information, meeting the following criteria:

  • 1 IU Northwest faculty, staff, or a student leader willing to speak to your talents in the following areas:
    • Critical thinking
    • Strategic and/or program planning
    • Ability to communicate with students, university leaders, and community leaders.
  • 1 IU Northwest faculty or staff willing to serve as your final reference. This person may be contacted via phone for a shorter conversation about your character and potential contributions to the program.

3. Statement of purpose (limited to 2 pages), which addresses the following:

  • Why are you interested in the CURE Graduate Fellow Program?
  • How will the opportunity to serve as a Fellow contribute to your academic and professional interests?
  • How will you utilize your past leadership experience to assist you in fulfilling your Fellow responsibilities?
  • What does community engagement mean to you in the context of community-university partnerships?

Selected Candidates will be contacted for interviews during the first week of October.



Phone Number:

(219) 980-6978

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Center for Urban and Regional Excellence
Indiana University Northwest
Library Conference Center, Room 203
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408

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