The President's Public Service Fellowship places highly qualified UNH students in a non-profit or public service work environment for eleven weeks during the months of June, July, and August. Students are provided with housing on campus and given a stipend for approximately 35 hours of work per week. Fellows gain valuable work experience and an awareness of the needs of their community. A core aspect of the program involves the participant’s development and improvement in six major competencies. These include leadership, communication, resilience, teamwork, global and cultural awareness, and critical thinking. The program serves to foster positive relationships with the Greater New Haven community and showcases what UNH has to offer through the participating students.
Examples of previous work placement sites have included working with the West Haven Community House, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the New Haven Police Department, the West Haven Mayor's Office, IRIS, the Children's Museum, New Reach, New Haven Reads, CitySeed, the New Haven Regional Probate Court, and Christian Community Action. Fellows meet weekly for planned discussions, presentations, and social activities. Selection of the Fellows is based on the student's scholastic achievements, experiences, campus and community involvement, and commitment to the University.