Strategic Initiatives Fellow – Yale Alumni Association (YAA)
Mentor: Steve Blum, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
The Yale Alumni Association (YAA) exists to encourage connections both among alumni and affiliates and to the university. YAA staff partner with alumni leaders to create and foster these relationships, through events, reunions, mentorships, educational travel, lifelong learning opportunities, service programs, and through collaborations with alumni affairs colleagues in the Graduate School and professional schools.
Strategic Initiatives. At the YAA, we support alumni by where they live, by how they identify themselves, by what life-stage they are traveling through, and by where they want to go. We also maintain our Strategic Initiatives team, which is dedicated to supporting:
- Our exciting Careers, Life, and Yale program (https://alumni.yale.edu/connect/networking-careers/careers-life-and-yale) which brings alumni back to campus to meet students and to off-campus gatherings with each other
- Cross Campus (https://crosscampus.yale.edu/hub/yale/home), our soon-to-be-launched community-building, networking, and mentoring platform for students and alumni
- The Yale Mastercard (https://www.firstbankcard.com/yale/lp/banner/index.html), an affinity credit card available to Yalies who are at least 21 years old
- Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY): https://alumni.yale.edu/connect-current-students/students-and-alumni-yale-stay
The Fellowship. Our fellowship position offers a wonderful chance to build skills and understanding regarding:
- Alumni relations
- Event planning
- Social media
- Data analysis
Key opportunities may include (i) meetings and informal lunches with YAA staff and leaders; (ii) monitoring and assisting in managing our Cross Campus platform (see above); (iii) developing and/or analyzing key performance metrics (KPIs); (iv) interacting with Cross Campus users; (v) preparing periodic presentations and recommendations on how to scale up Cross Campus; (vi) promoting/staffing Fall Careers, Life, and Yale events; and (vii) attending STAY meetings.
- Ability to work independently/take initiative
- Strong oral communication skills
- Basic computer/web knowledge
- September 6, 2021- September 24, 2021: Weekly GPE Info Sessions
- September 26, 2021: Applications deadline (11:59pm ET). Please submit a resume and a cover letter customized to this fellowship
- November 19, 2021: Interview and award notification to selected fellows
- December 13, 2021 – January 14, 2022: New fellows onboarding
- January 18, 2022: Suggested fellowship start date
Note- Positions with limited applicants may have deadlines extended by 3 weeks to October 17, 2021.
- Eligibility: Fellows must be currently matriculated, Yale doctoral students in years 1-6* of their studies during the fellowship.
- Term: Fellows work at a Yale host organization under the guidance of the host mentor for 5-7 hours per week over the course of 13-15 weeks during the 2022 Spring Term
- Stipend: Fellows will receive $1,500 for Spring 2022 fellowships.
- Please note: The GPE Fellowship does not count towards the fulfillment of your teaching requirement. For more information on teaching requirements, please see the GSAS website.
* 7th-year students with COVID-related funding extensions from GSAS are eligible to apply.