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McCarthy Fellows Student Application

Summer in Sacramento

Please complete the application below, and ensure that we receive all materials by the deadline of March 8.

This program runs the full length of USF Summer Session I (May 26 - August 14, 2015). You must be able to commit to working at an internship for this time period to participate in the program.

How did you hear about this program?

I. Personal Information

Last Name: First Name:
CWID: Date of Birth:
Current Address: City:
State: Zip:
Permanent Address: City:
State: Zip:
Current Email: Secondary Email:
Current Phone: Permanent Phone:
Major: Minor: (if any)
Cum. G.P.A. Home Institution:

* University accounts frequently block large attachments. Please provide us with an alternate email account for correspondence during the application process.

Current standing
If you are a senior, are you graduating this spring?  

II. Resume

Please email your most recent resume to the McCarthy Center at Note that your application will not be considered until your resume is received.

III. Statement of Purpose

Read the quotes and accompanying questions below, and choose two out of three to which to respond. Statements will be judged according to both content and writing quality. Please copy and paste or type in the box below your statement of purpose. Please proofread.

  1. "There isn't a student on this campus in any major who could not be an effective force in public decision-making if they bring to the fight a personal commitment to build a more just and humane world." - Leo T. McCarthy
    Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated a commitment to building a more humane and just world. How will the McCarthy Fellows program strengthen your capacity to continue this commitment?
  2. "You need a set of convictions based on moral values and you need to be introspective every day so you're truthful with yourself about how close you are to sticking to those values." - Leo T. McCarthy
    The McCarthy Center's core values that guide our work include: diversity and inclusion, social justice, collaboration and co-determination, humility, innovation, growth and improvement, and invitational dialogue. Choose two of the values from the McCarthy Center's list of core values and discuss why they resonate with you. How will you incorporate them during your Sacramento experience? 
  3. "If a moral commitment does not drive a person in public office, he or she will waiver and maybe wither in the face of all the forces that may tear him/her apart." - Leo T. McCarthy
    In pursuit of social justice, we may be challenged by internal forces such as apathy, fear, and bias, as well as external forces including systemic injustice and bureaucratic red tape. Provide one specific example of both an internal AND an external force that have challenged or threatened your moral commitment to service and describe how you strive to overcome those forces.

IV. Placement Interests

The preferences you indicate below will be used to identify the most appropriate internship site for you. It is to your benefit to be as clear as possible about your interests and priorities. While we will do our best to match you with an office that interests you, we cannot guarantee placement at any specific internship site. 

Issue Area:

Rank in order of preference all that apply.

Human Rights
Women's Issues
International Issues
Community Development
Housing & Homelessness
Please identify the sub-issue(s) within this field that you would like to focus on and the type of work you hope to do at your internship.

Your Skills:
Skills and Knowledge you would like to apply:
Skills and Knowledge you would like to develop:

V. Personal Reference

Please provide the contact information for one faculty member or employer who is familiar with your skills and abilities and can serve as a reference.

In addition to providing the contact information of your referee, please have him/her submit a letter of recommendation. We encourage you to request such a letter from someone who knows you well in a variety of settings. Please do not request a letter of reference from a member of your family.

Indicate who will provide the letter of recommendation in the space provided below. Please ensure that the reference is submitted to by or before March 8, 2015.

Reference Information:
Name of Referee
Months/Years of Acquaintance
Primary Phone
VI. Interview Availability
Check all available 3-3:30pm
3:30-4pm 4-4:30pm 4:30-5pm
5-5:30pm 5:30-6pm 6-6:30pm 6:30-7pm
Monday, March 23
Tuesday, March 24
ATTENTION: Once you hit the "submit" button, a message should appear confirming that your application was submitted successfully. If you do not see this message, please either try to resubmit your application or contact us to make sure we did receive it.