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The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offers program related fellowships twice each year: January—June, and July—December. These are based at our main office in Traverse City, Michigan. 

Groundwork Fellows work side-by-side with Groundwork staff on projects, build policy expertise, engage in networking opportunities, and gain valuable professional development skills. Fellows are provided an excellent opportunity to engage in policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.

Successful applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community. A minimum of 25-35 hours per week is required, with a flexible schedule to allow for outside employment if desired. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit.



Groundwork Center seeks an energetic, solution-oriented Fellow willing to work on the complex issues surrounding clean energy development, dirty energy opposition, and local rural development. As a Fellow you will work with nonprofit staff on important local energy projects, build clean energy policy expertise, and gain valuable professional development skills. This fellowship is an excellent opportunity to be front and center in Michigan’s clean energy boom while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization. 

  • Design, collect, and analyze surveys from 2018 Clean Energy Conference attendees, speakers, sponsors, and vendors. The Conference will have just taken place June 21-23, so this will be a high first priority for the Clean Energy Fellow
  • Track Legislative and Gubernatorial candidates stances on Clean Energy issues and work with staff to educate candidates and elevate clean energy as a key issue in the 2018 Michigan elections
  • Track social media postings on clean energy and provide posts and online content for the Clean Energy Team’s social media strategy.
  • Track legislative activity on energy issues including the Ballot Initiative and recent bipartisan Energy Freedom package.
  • Support the Clean Energy Team in other ways determined by staff.

The candidate must demonstrate: 

  • Background and experience with Michigan’s legislature, policy process, and clean energy policy landscape
  • An ability to work with diverse stakeholders (political, urban/rural, front line groups) with an all-are-welcome, big tent attitude 
  • Experience with the needs of rural communities
  • Experience working on equity issues around energy, food, mobility, housing, and health - with a focus on low and middle income groups
  • Familiarity with the technical side of clean energy
  • An interest in, experience with, and passion for clean energy issues. 


Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for resiliency principles;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook. 


Fellowships last for 22 weeks, from July 16 – December 14, however we are flexible about start and end dates.


This is a paid fellowship position requiring a minimum of 25 hours per week. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $5,000 in addition to a comprehensive professional development plan to be developed directly with your supervisor. 

Other benefits include access to an incredibly vibrant community in Northern Michigan and schedules flexible enough to enjoy the wondrous forests, clean rivers, and the magnificent Great Lakes shoreline that distinguish our region.

To apply, please fill out this online application form.


foodcorps service member

FoodCorps, a national organization that connects children in limited resource communities to healthy food in school, is accepting applications until March 15 for its seventh annual class of AmeriCorps service members. The selected community leaders will dedicate one year of full-time, paid public service in school food systems—teaching hands-on lessons in growing, cooking and tasting food, collaborating with food service staff to steer students toward the healthiest options in the cafeteria, and working alongside school administrators and teachers to foster a schoolwide culture of health.

FoodCorps addresses the root causes—access and connection to healthy food—by partnering with schools and communities to address these issues in the place where our country’s most vulnerable children eat the majority of their calories. School food programs provide a significant portion—in some cases up to half—of a student’s daily calories. The 2014 “Framework for Healthy Communities in Northwest Michigan” prepared by Networks Northwest, reports that “about a third of residents living in the region are obese (Body Mass Index greater than 30) and another one-third are overweight”, and those conditions are even higher for those in poverty. The prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in our region is higher than the state level, and particularly for those in poverty.

In its first seven years, FoodCorps has brought important progress to the schools it serves, demonstrating measurable change to children’s eating habits and helping the schools it partners with become healthier environments. Hundreds of AmeriCorps service members have introduced new healthy recipes into cafeterias, built and taught in hundreds of school gardens from New Mexico to Connecticut, and engaged thousands of volunteers and parents in their efforts. In addition, FoodCorps provides valuable skills and training to the service members who go through the program, setting them up for careers in school food, public health and education. The benefits of AmeriCorps service include a $18,250 stipend, health care, training, and a $5,920 education award.

This year FoodCorps seeks up to 230 men and women, nationwide, with a passion for serving their communities, a commitment to social justice and an interest in jumpstarting their careers. Applications are due March 15. Emerging leaders interested in getting more information should visit



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