NSWM’s Policy Fellows Program | Apply by September 8

Are You Ready to Make An Impact?
Apply For NSWM’s Policy Fellows Program!

The aim of the Policy Fellows Program is to encourage social workers in management to be at the forefront of policy. Social workers should engage proactively with policies that directly affect the individuals, families and communities they serve – either to redress those policies that now produce a negative impact, or to promote policy solutions in response to issues made evident in the course of doing the work.

The NSWM Policy Fellows program offers practical training in social work management for emerging and mid-career leaders seeking new experiences and skill sets. The nine month leadership and professional development experience equips participants with core management competencies to inspire, organize, and work effectively with others to advance the public good. Dependent upon the fellow’s interest the program will focus on the many different aspects of policy management including but not limited to policy advocacy, analysis, evaluation and organizing the community of interest.

Applications are due Sunday, September 8th

Application Process, Program Details & Eligibility

Application Process

Fellows will be asked to address the following questions within their abstracts:

  • Motivation: Why do you care about this policy issue?
  • Problem Statement: What problems are you trying to solve?
  • Approach: How will you go about solving or making progress on this policy issue?

Program Details

  • Fellows will make a commitment to reflection, study, and the development of skills and new relationships.
  • Fellows will join a diverse cohort of 15 human service and/or health care management professionals, 5 of whom will be from New York City, representing various social work sectors.
  • Fellows will participate in group check-ins for support and to foster a peer network.
  • Fellows will meet for 2-3 hours per month with a mentor between October 2019 and June 2020.
  • Fellows will travel to New York City for the opportunity to formally present their projects at NSWM’s Annual Management Conference.


Fellow Eligibility
  • NSWM member
  • Must provide proof of employment as employer has to be supportive of fellowship
  • Must live in the United States
    • Five Fellows will be selected from New York City
  • Submission of the Policy Fellows application form
  • Preference given to holders of a Masters degree who work in a management capacity
  • Hold a strong interest and/or experience in policy
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 2020 Annual Management Conference in New York City in June 2020 (dates TBD)
    • All registration fees will be waived and a $1,000 travel and supply stipend will be provided to those that attend and present
Mentor Eligibility
  • NSWM member (or willing to joinat no cost)
  • Must live in the United States
  • 5+ years of policy experience and in an executive role. PhD preferred but not required
  • Availability to participate through the length of the program (9 months, October 2019-June 2020)
  • Ability to commit to 2-3 hours per month mentoring a Fellow on a policy project
  • Availability to travel to the Network’s 2020 Annual Management Conference in New York City in June 2020 (dates TBD)
    • Registration fees will be waived
  • Access to equipment (internet and telephone)

Learn more

Policy Fellows Informational Call

Join us on Thursday, July 25th @ 11 am PST / 2 pm EST for an opportunity to learn more about the Policy Fellows program.

Join Linkhttps://zoom.us/j/6378199503
Meeting ID: 637-819-9503
Dial: 1 (408) 638-0986
Participant ID: Shown after joining the call
Computer Audio: When the call begins, you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.

*UPDATE: Recording available here*

FREE Fall Data Science Fellowship Program | Apply TODAY for Early Consideration

See below for details regarding a FREE advanced 8-week data science fellowship program. The next session will take place this fall, from September 16 to November 8.
Note that the early deadline for the upcoming session is today, July 8th. If you don’t qualify for this round, you can sign up to learn about future sessions. Full details regarding the fellowship are available on their website. Please contact them directly with any questions.

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as datascientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. They recommend master’s students be in their last semester of coursework at the time they attend the program and PhD students be within six months of defending their dissertation, as the program is geared toward those who will be looking to pursue data science jobs within 1-2 months of completing the Fellowship.
Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.
All applicants must be familiar with at least one programming language
For additional details regarding eligibility and qualifications, please review their FAQs.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, they will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-09-16 to 2019-11-08.

Application Link (The initial application takes no more than 15 minutes to complete.)

A few notes:

  1. They are assessing candidates who apply for the Early Deadline first and then based on remaining availability, will take candidates who applied for the Regular Deadline on a first-come first-serve basis.
  2. This is the common application for all their locations.
  3. Want to apply for a later session? Submit your email information here.

Early Deadline: 2019-07-08
Regular Deadline: 2019-07-15

Learn More: You can learn about their fellows at The New York TimesLinkedInAmazonCapital One, or Palantir. To read about their latest fellow alumni, check out their blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check them out on Venture BeatThe Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

Appointment Scheduling System Update

Appointment Scheduling

As some of you may have noticed, the scheduling system was recently updated to streamline the booking process. Availability for July and August have also been posted.

To request an appointment, please log in to Career Connect using the links below, go to Advising > General Advising > Add Appointment, and choose a time that works best with your schedule.

*Accounts for 2019 graduates will be “promoted” to the alumni site within the next few weeks. There is no action needed on your part. Details will be provided in a separate mail.