Ohio Student Association

Fellowship for Community Change


General information
Ohio Student Association fellows all have one thing in common: a desire to fight for justice in communities across Ohio. This semester-long program teaches young change-makers the art and science of community organizing and civic engagement. Throughout the semester, participants are supported as they gain valuable field experience by actively engaging in the movement for a better future for Ohio’s youth. The fellowship is unpaid, however transportation and accommodation costs will be covered and if you are a student we will work with you and your university to get internship credit. Fellows who complete the program will be encouraged to apply for leadership roles and civic engagement positions with OSA.

Program and Purpose
Fellows are required to take part in both field and instructional components:
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Instructional
: During four weekend retreats fellows will learn how to be more dynamic and effective organizational leaders.

  • Fellows will develop communication, team-building and strategic-thinking skills that can be transferred to any professional career.
  • Fellows will learn how ordinary people have made extraordinary changes and what unique challenges and opportunities we have as young people in Ohio.

Field: Fellows will learn by doing, and put their new skills to practice by participating in community change projects.

  • Fellows will work with an organizer on one of two OSA community change projects (college access & student debt, or the school-to-prison-pipeline), or a project of their choice.  
  • Network and build relationships with people and organizations working for change across the state of Ohio.

Statewide Retreat Timeline
Attendance is required at all statewide retreats.

  • January 17th – 19th | Columbus: Power, narrative, & winning community change
  • February 14th – 16th | Dayton: Power analysis & strategic planning
  • April 4th – 6th | Cleveland: Civic engagement & strengthening democracy
  • May 16th – 18th | Columbus: Training leaders, sharing skills, & building a sustainable, healthy movement.

Letter of Recommendation
Submitting a letter of recommendation is not required but highly encouraged. This one page letter does not need to be a professional reference-- family friends, mentors, teachers, faith leaders, and peers are acceptable. Please include the applicants name and relationship to reference in the content of the email. This should be submitted no later than midnight on December 15th to OhioStudents@ohorganizing.org 

Selection Criteria
The submission deadline for this online application and the letter of recommendation (optional) is December 15th.

Women, people of color and LGBTQ leaders under 30 are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a passion for social justice.


The Ohio Student Association is a non-partisan organization and is a project of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative a 501 c(3) organization.

Click here to apply.

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