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Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Wheeling, WV – The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley announces that its online application for its Civic Leaders Fellowship summer employment program is open now for college aged students in its eight-county service region: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler (WV), and Belmont and Jefferson (OH).

Students are urged to apply early.  CFOV also seeks applications from employers – businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies – interested in receiving an intern at no cost.  Guidelines and Applications for students and employers are at under the Community Leadership tab.  The first-year applicant deadline is extended to March 13, 2015.  Previous interns interested in applying must do so by February 13.  Employers interested in hosting an intern must apply by March 27.

A partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program seeks to improve access to employment for area students and develop civic leadership capacity.  Interns work Monday through Thursday over the course of six weeks.  On Fridays, first year students meet at the CFOV for a program on personal development, workplace ethics, civic leadership, alternative career choices, and much more; second year students work in teams, visiting and evaluating foundation grant sites, and making grants; and third year students will work on career networking skills.

A Civic Leaders participant wrote, “The time spent during this six weeks has been a tremendous experience.  It has been an interesting to actually apply what I have learned in the classroom to everyday work in a corporate office.  The most valuable asset I have gained this summer is how to conduct myself in a business setting.”


Since 1972, The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected people who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $30 million, the Foundation assisted in making more than $2 million in charitable grants last year. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at

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