Apply for the Student Leader Fellowship Program
The Student Leader Fellowship Program holds an annual application process in February, with accepted students beginning the program the following fall semester. We will begin recruiting for the 32nd cohort in November 2021.
You are eligible to apply if:
- You are a Northern Michigan University student who has completed at least two semesters at a college or university by the time you will start the program
- You have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8
- You have at least four semesters left at NMU upon beginning the program
Applications will be available on The Hub NMU starting in November 2021.
To begin each year of the program, student fellows gather with Student Leader Fellowship Program staff for a weekend at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan (typically the first weekend after Labor Day). The fall retreat provides a comfortable setting for introductions, teambuilding, and an orientation to the program. Highlights of the weekend usually include high-energy interactive games, skill development workshops, great food, and evening bonfires.
Student fellows participate in a two-credit, leadership theory and practice course during their first semester in the program. This highly interactive class allows them to explore leadership theories, preferred personal leadership styles, importance of ethics in leadership, human motivation, the importance of diversity, and goal setting skills.
Additionally, the course hosts multiple guest speakers to share their leadership expertise on a variety of topics.
During the first year of the program, all student fellows are assigned a mentor. The mentors are community leaders who act as role models, advisers, teachers, and friends. Mentors and student fellows participate in a wide range of activities ranging from community meetings, activities, conferences and workshops, to hiking, biking, snowshoeing and getting coffee or a meal together. Student fellows and mentors have lots of fun while learning from and sharing ideas with each other.
Community Service Internship
During the second year in the program, student fellows put their leadership skills into action through community service internships. These provide them extensive opportunities to practice their leadership in the community. Student fellows design their own internships, choosing from existing sites or a limitless variety of new possibilities. Through the community service internships, approximately 4,500 hours of community service are provided annually.
Skill Builder! Workshops
Student Fellows in the Student Leader Fellowship Program are expected to attend a minimum of 15 workshops during the two years they are in the program. Student Fellows can also attend other presentations or workshops that can count as a Skill Builder! credit (up to 5) by completing a write-up about them. If you are interested in presenting a Skill Builder! workshop, please complete and return this planning form.