Community and Economic Development Fellowship

Interested students should complete this application.

An in-person interview will be required. Email Shelby Fiegel at or call 501.450.5269 if you have any questions. Frequently asked questions can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED), located in the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, is seeking applications for the 2019 Community & Economic Development (CED) Fellowship. The mission of the CED Fellowship is to expose students to a variety of community or economic development careers and provide networking, coaching, and mentoring to enhance student career preparedness.

Ideal candidates will have strong written and oral communication skills, be able to operate appropriately in a professional work environment and be interested in a career in community and economic development. With assistance from CCED staff, fellows are required to participate in monthly site visits with community and economic development organizations and attend reflection meetings with the CCED team. The fellowship will last a minimum of a semester and require a monthly commitment of 6 – 8 hours. Compensation will be available to offset travel expenses.

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2020 Fellowship – January 17, 2019

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Exposure to community & economic development careers
  • Access to networking, coaching, and mentoring
  • Professional headshot
  • Mock interview
  • Arkansas Community Development Society membership
  • Community Development Institute Year 1 registration

Fellowship Focus Areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Arts & Culture
  • Business Recruitment & Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Housing
  • Non-profits
  • Real Estate Development
  • Recreation & Tourism
  • Research & Public Policy
  • Transportation & Planning
  • Utilities

Frequently Asked Questions:

What exactly does the Fellowship entail?

The CED Fellowship is a customized experience for our Fellows. The selected Fellows will work with our team at the Center for Community and Economic Development to develop a network in a community and economic development field of their choice. At the Center, we have access to a huge network of professionals across central Arkansas and the state and we want to connect our Fellows to these resources. Activities the Fellow would participate in include job shadowing, organization tours, mock interviews, and we will provide them with a professional headshot. The Fellows’ schedules will be flexible, but we expect that Fellows will conduct at least one activity per month during the spring or fall semesters with a short debrief session with our team to follow.


What are the benefits of the Fellowship?

Our hope is that our Fellows will be more prepared for the current job market and make valuable connections through this process. The benefits of the Fellowship include networking and hands-on experience described above, but also includes travel reimbursement (when traveling for the Fellowship), membership and registration to the Arkansas Community Development Society (over $100 value), and registration to our Community Development Institute ($600 value, more information available at


Do fellows have to be current UCA students?

A Fellow does not necessarily have to be a current UCA student, but must be a UCA graduate. Qualified, current UCA students will be given priority.