iProv Summer Fellowship Program

The iProv Summer Fellowship Program provides 20 undergraduate students with a $3,500 stipend (and a SEW, for qualifying students) to work full-time in 8-10 week internships with nonprofit organizations based in the greater Providence area. Students are part of a structured and supportive cohort that meets regularly to build skills and competencies for community engagement. IProv workshops will focus on topics such as critical reflection, cultural humility, civic engagement, and effective leadership and action.

The goals of iProv are to:

• Provide a valuable internship experience that, when coupled with sequential training, can contribute to the educational experience of students and encourage them to make connections between their academic work and their career aspirations.
• Create a learning community of students engaged in thinking about the nature of nonprofit work, the dynamics of community change, connections and overlaps between academic and community work, and active citizenship.
• Enhance the capacity of nonprofit community organizations to utilize student interns effectively.
• Strengthen partnerships between the Swearer Center and community organizations and expand Brown’s support of community organizations and the City of Providence. If accepted, students are guaranteed a summer internship placement. iProv is a fellowship program; in addition to an internship, students participate in regular workshops and meetings with other fellows.

Internship placements

Applicants will not be assigned internship placements at the time of acceptance. Applicants will be asked to indicate up to five preferences for specific positions from the posted opportunities.  Students invited to be iProv Summer Fellows will then participate in a Match Day on Monday April 3 (5:30-8PM), where they will have the opportunity to interview (based on preference) with multiple organizations. Matches, announced April 6, will be determined based on interview feedback from students and organizations.

Participating Organizations

Participating organizations in the iProv 2017 Match Day include: 

Beat the Streets 
 Childhood Lead Action Project 
City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism 
Clinica Esperanza/ Hope Clinic 
Community Action Partnership of Providence 
DownCity Design 
English for Action 
Farm Fresh Rhode Island 
Generation Citizen 
Girls Rock! Rhode Island 
New Urban Arts 
Partnership for Providence Parks 
Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth 
 Providence Parks Department 
Providence Student Union 
Rhode Island Center for Justice 
Rhode Island Department of State 
Rhode Island Public Health Institute 
RI Coalition for the Homeless/Home to Hope 
Save The Bay 
Southside Community Land Trust 
United Way of Rhode Island's Afterschool Leadership Circle 
West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation 
Year Up 
Youth In Action 
ONE Neighborhood Builders 
RI Office of Innovation

 NB: Please note that we only have funding for 20 fellows; more organizations will be represented at Match Day than will be matched with fellows. 



Program expectations

  • Internships must be 8-10 weeks (or more) and students are expected to complete a minimum of 240 hours of supervised work (equivalent of 8 weeks/30 hours/week).
  • Internship dates are approximately  June 12 – August 7.
    • Students must be available all dates required by the organization.
    • Internship is for the summer only. Work must be completed by August 31, 2017.
    • Fellows are required to attend an orientation in early May, five group meetings during the summer beginning June 16, and a closing capstone event. Students must be in Providence for the first iProv Fellows meeting (Friday June 16, 9AM – 12PM), even if one’s internship begins later than this date.
  • Fellows will create an account on BrownEngage - the volunteer recruitment and management web platform that the university shares with its partner organizations. Though this portal, fellows will submit: 1) a work plan, developed with a site supervisor prior to the start of the internship; 2) hours worked; 3) a written reflective piece (due no later than September 1, 2017).
  • Fellows will be required to fill out a UFUNDS profile in order to receive their award, agree to the award terms, and send a short thank you letter to iProv donors via CareerLAB (samples will be provided).


The Swearer Center has rooms on campus reserved for students participating in Swearer-sponsored summer programs at a rate of $12/night. Students who wish to stay in one of these rooms will be billed directly to their student accounts. For summer 2017, undergraduate students will be assigned to live in Barbour Hall. Each room has a sink, toilet, shower in an adjoining room, and walk-in closet. There is a common kitchen in the building. If a student would like to rent linens, a fan, or a micro-fridge, they can contact Brown Student Agencies. Residence halls have common spaces, laundry rooms, and trash/recycling areas for all students to use. Note that there is no air conditioning. Summer 2017 on-campus housing dates are Sunday June 4, 2017 to Saturday August 13, 2017. There is no early move-in or late move-out option. 

Additional Information

**Please note that if you are selected for an internship and you choose to accept it, you will be ineligible to receive a LINK award and ineligible for participation in any BrownConnect-funded Summer Signature Internship program (CCG in NYC, CCG in DC, Media in LA, Entrepreneurship in Israel, Business in Hong Kong, iProv) in subsequent summers.**

Read stories about the experiences of last year's participants on Swearer Sparks.

How to apply

Application criteria:

  • You may apply if you are an active Brown undergraduate student (May 2017 graduates are not eligible), registered at Brown in the semesters before and after the internship, either on campus or studying abroad.

  • Students on leave are ineligible to apply or receive a LINK award.

  • Students are not eligible for an iProv Internship if they have previously received a Brown LINK award, participated in a BrownConnect-funded summer Signature Internship Program, or are a current Royce or SII Fellow.

    **Please note that if you are selected for an internship and you choose to accept it, you will be ineligible to receive a LINK award or participate in Careers in the Common Good in NYC or iProv in subsequent summers.**

To apply, visit this link or search for "iProv" on BrownConnect. You will be asked to submit your resume and unofficial transcript via the Brown Job and Internship Board. As part of the application, you also will be asked to submit a personal statement and internship preferences.   

Applications are due no later than March 10, 2017 at 11:59pm.  Students will be notified about selection on or before March 23.

Questions about iProv? Email Jori Ketten at the Swearer Center.

iProv info session:
Thursday February 23

85 Waterman Room 130

iProv is a joint project of the Swearer Center for Public Service and BrownConnect