Working With Flint, for Flint: Diplomat’s Fellowship for Social Impact

Diplomat’s Commitment to Flint

For more than 40 years, Diplomat has been dedicated to the city of Flint. When given opportunities to relocate to larger cities, Diplomat remained in Flint—not only because of the reputation Diplomat had built there, but also because it is a community Diplomat believes in and wants to prosper with.

Diplomat’s Fellowship Program is rooted in Flint, Michigan, for this same reason. While Flint faces social and economic hardships, Diplomat exposes Fellows to the energy and hope within the city by immersion in local culture. By keeping the Fellows grounded in Flint, Diplomat is able to support organizations in the city and for the city even after the program has concluded.

Diplomat’s innovative programs provide Fellows a truly immersive urban experience, including the provision of housing in downtown Flint to spur and inspire social innovation among participants.

Phil Hagerman, CEO and chairman of the board of directors

What is the Fellowship Program?

Diplomat’s Fellowship Program fosters new thought leaders by providing opportunities to create sustainable change within the Flint community through research, social impact, and service projects. Fellows are required to be undergraduate students or to have graduated from a college within 12 months of beginning the Fellowship Program. The program is designed for young social innovators who have the talent, passion, and potential to tackle the biggest problems facing urban communities.

Participants get hands-on experience and gain access to a dedicated network of professionals. Fellows will develop critical business and communication skills that can prepare them for a career in civic-minded business, nonprofit management, or social entrepreneurship.

Each Fellow is partnered with a local community organization, and projects are created to be sustainable even after the program has concluded. This allows Fellows to reach their professional goals throughout their time in Flint, while working with an organization that needs the support and expertise the Fellow has to offer.

Fellowship Activities

Fellows will work with mentors, other Fellows, and notable community members to develop a vision and plan of action for their projects. Activities of the Fellowship include:

  • Meetings with local leaders and professionals
  • Reception to highlight Fellows’ work and network with local professionals
  • Regular cohort meetings and workshops
  • Various volunteer activities
  • Weekly dinners with community leaders
  • Weekly lunch-and-learns

  • Hanna Jenuwine - Flint Promise Scholarship<br />Helping high school students find their path to higher education
  • Ezekiel Harris - Crowd Flint<br />A crowdfunding platform connecting activists with local causes
  • Karina Partovi - “Housing First” Study<br />A study of chronic homelessness and an unusual way to solve it
  • Nathan McGregor - Michigan Gay-Straight Alliance<br />Launching statewide support for chapters in need of a network
  • Nick Looney - Tiny Houses<br />A fresh idea to give the down-and-out both a job and a home
  • Tyler Lowe - Sickle Cell Adherence<br />A program helping kids with disease to stay on treatment

Diplomat Fellows 2017

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Fellowship Objectives

  • Build a network of contacts and colleagues in a range of sectors and industries
  • Find solutions to social challenges within Flint’s urban environment that relate to their area of focus and passion
  • Identify, summarize, and analyze relevant research conducted on their proposed area of focus and evaluate effectiveness of previous methods
  • Work with a community organization to identify and create a sustainable project

What are the eligibility requirements?

A candidate must be an undergraduate student or a recent college graduate (within one year of beginning the Fellowship). Students who apply for the Fellowship must have a specific area of interest. Sample areas of interest include affordable housing, crime, economy, education, environment, entrepreneurship, health, homelessness, and youth.

The successful candidate will be a positive team player with the moral imagination to effect long-term social change through excellent leadership, writing, research, communication, and presentation skills.

Candidates must complete an online application with a resume and two professional references.

Fellowship Logistics

  • Program dates for 2018 coming soon
  • 35 hours per week, paid
  • Housing provided in downtown Flint

How do I apply?

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For more information, contact Diplomat’s Government Affairs & Corporate Relations team.