The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Women into Leadership Accepting Applications for 2018 Fellows

UMass Student and Elizabeth WarrenPhoto Credit: John Solem/ University of Massachusetts Amherst
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Have you considered a career in public service? Are you interested in learning more about leadership? Do you want to gain hands-on experience, expand your professional network, and jump-start your career? Join UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL)! Applications are accepted until October 15.

"UWiL was the first time I had ever been around a group of women who were like me: motivated for the same reasons, thinking in the same way, and caring about the same issues.  It was honestly life-changing to have such an empowering experience so early on in my college years."
- former UWiL Fellow

With 14 out of 22 student 2017 fellows coming from UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences majors such as Political Science, Communication, Economics, and Journalism, the message that SBS students are the future leaders and changemakers couldn’t be clearer. We encourage you to apply for this incredible experience.

UWiL is a competitive leadership training and professional development program that seeks to prepare women for public leadership. By introducing these women to our state’s leadership and providing opportunities for them to see first-hand the benefits of public service, UWiL provides models and pathways into leadership for young women – all while helping to address the gender gap in politics and creating a pipeline from public education into public service.

What is UWiL?

UWiL is a competitive leadership training and professional development program that seeks to prepare undergraduates from the state’s flagship, public university for public leadership after graduation. Participants apply to UWiL in the fall and enroll in a 1 credit course in the spring.

Designed to provide hands-on training and practical preparation for a career in public leadership, UWiL offers:

  • Leadership training through workshops and professional development activities,
  • Shared community through assigned mentors and networking opportunities,
  • Academic instruction through a 1 credit spring semester Political Science course, and
  • Applied experience through internships and job shadowing, including scholarship support for unpaid or low-paying positions.

Appplications are due on October 15th.

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