Why Choose Phoenix Society’s Fellowship Program
About Our Fellowship Program
In 2018, Phoenix Society launched a new program: Phoenix Fellows. The main goal of the Fellowship program is to gain in-depth and hands-on learning while supporting and serving the burn community. As part of an organizational commitment to fostering service learning opportunities, the Phoenix Fellows program provides professional development and transformational support to a global burn community.
Rachel served as the Marketing and Communications Fellow and worked closely with Niki Acton, Communications Manager, during her time as a Fellow. While her tasks varied, Rachel had a heavy focus on social media, Burn Support Magazine, writing and copyediting materials, and helping co-lead Phoenix Society’s first Giving Tuesday fundraiser. She notes her favorite part of the Fellowship was attending her first Phoenix World Burn Congress as she was able to connect with new professional contacts, met inspiring friends, reconnected with old friends from the burn community, and found healing power in her own journey.
“The Fellowship Program was an amazing opportunity for me, not only just as a young professional but also a burn survivor,” Rachel said. “I continue to draw on my Phoenix Fellowship experience on a daily basis, from how to write compelling articles to communicating both more efficiently and effectively on digital platforms. As a burn survivor, it also led to personal growth and I found the power of community healing.”
For Rachel, her time with Phoenix Society did not come to a close as she joined the staff fulltime in January as the Digital Communications Coordinator. Her goals include expanding Phoenix Society’s online presence, posting blogs and resources consistently throughout the year, and building marketing initiatives for more brand awareness.
Serving as the Supportive Programming Fellow, Aaron worked closely with Jessica Irven, Program Manager for Education and Personal Development. Aaron was a valued member of the Programs team assisting with Phoenix World Burn Congress Programming specially with the Young Adult Workshop and speaker communication and recruitment, as well as creating and building a Phoenix WBC database with information from previous conferences. His favorite part of the Fellowship program was working with the Young Adults Program as it served as a reminder that Phoenix Society plays a crucial and supportive role as young adults continue on their healing journey.
“The skills I gained from the Fellowship are incomparable to anything else I had done,” Aaron said. “Working for the Phoenix Society is an opportunity to truly learn the role of a non-profit organization that aims to serve a unique population and truly lives and breathes their mission. As a survivor, I also found that this Fellowship helped me grow personally. I was challenged to reengage with my identity and to be compassionate with myself and what that lifelong journey is like.”
Aaron will also be part of Phoenix Society’s family moving forward as he will continue working with the Programs Team part time. He is excited for the continued opportunity to align his passion with education and programming to help with the organization’s Learning Management System in order to support more survivors, families, practitioners, and beyond.
As a member of the Programs Staff, Jess serves as the Program Manager for Education and Personal Development which includes overseeing the Fellowship Program. She worked with both Aaron and Rachel closely over the past year and is excited to expand the program and offer SIX Fellowship opportunities in 2019.
“The Phoenix Fellowships are a vibrant mutually beneficial program,” Jess said. “Fellows gain immersive, hands-on experience working in their chosen profession within the niche of service to the burn community. Phoenix Society gains the unique perspectives and momentum of the Fellows’ input and projects as well as new key partners in our work. I can’t wait to see what the 2019 Fellowships will bring to the participating individuals, as well as the organization and the burn community!”
Become a Phoenix Fellow
Do you have something to share with the burn community? Do you have a passion for learning and broadening your skillset? Apply for a Phoenix Fellowship! Help the community, expand your expertise, receive funding and recognition for your efforts.
Applicants will be selected based on their professional, academic, and leadership skills, their readiness to serve the burn community, maturity, and motivation to gain unique knowledge related to the Fellowship opportunities.
Please note – It is not necessary to be a burn survivor to apply.