Phoenix Fellows

The Phoenix Fellowships give young professionals an opportunity to gain in-depth learning and hands-on experience through an 11-month service learning position. Fellows will build professional experience in their focus area, as well as a larger understanding of our organizational functioning and partnerships.

Phoenix Fellows

Applications are Now Open!

We are accepting applications through December 20, 2019.

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Our dream candidates are mission-focused, collaborative, and always looking for ways to grow. If you’re a graduate student or early career professional who is passionate about a professional focus listed below, we’d love to hear from you!

8 Focus Areas Available for 2020


Opportunities include: support the burn community outreach initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of prevention, burn care, and equality. Through an intentional educational curriculum, you’ll build professional experience and gain a deep understanding of the burn community. (Required meetings: 3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST, others TBD within EST time zone within M-F 9am-5pm).  

Community Events Planning

Opportunities include: play a key role in Phoenix World Burn Congress, the world’s largest gathering of burn survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and allied professionals to learn, find support, and connect with each other; Exposure to the conference background, development, and delivery methods for successful event planning. (Required meetings: every Tuesday 1-2pm EST, 3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST).

Marketing and Communications

Opportunities include: Develop and execute marketing campaigns to create awareness for fundraisers and events; web content, email blasts, social media messaging and other collateral; Plan, execute and optimize email marketing campaigns for increased engagement. (Required meetings: 3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST, others TBD within EST time zone within M-F 9am-5pm).

Peer Support Programming

Opportunities include: exposure to Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) peer support program, assisting with the greater organizational strategic peer support related goals, including  expansion, support group facilitation, contact assessment/referrals, and peer support training programs as part of healing trauma. (Required meetings: every Tuesday 1-2pm EST, 3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST).


Opportunities include: grant writing, prospect research, and strategy development, development of Giving Opportunities for Corporations, Foundations, & Individuals, and research profiles and briefs on current donors and prospects. (Required meetings: Every Tuesday 9-11 am EST,  3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST).

Virtual Support and Education

Opportunities include: experience in designing and delivering trauma-informed online education curriculum via our Learning Management System, supporting delivery of virtual support opportunities to reach the burn community throughout the country and beyond. (Required meetings: every Tuesday 1-2pm EST, 3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST).

Young Adult and Supportive Programming

Opportunities include: Serve as facilitator team member for the Phoenix Young Adult Workshop (content includes peer support, self-discovery, healing, and achieving personal goals for burn survivors and family members 18-25 years old);  planning and delivery of support through various Phoenix Society resources and programs, as well as concrete professional development in the area of therapeutic programming. (Required meetings: every Tuesday 1-2pm EST, 3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST).

Youth Supportive Programming

Opportunities include:  planning and delivery of programming for youth and teens through various Phoenix Society resources and programs, to include youth-specific programming team member for the Phoenix youth and family program at Phoenix World Burn Congress. (Required meetings: every Tuesday 1-2pm EST, 3rd Thursday 10:30-12 EST).

Additional Information

Applicants should be young professionals or advanced students seeking to broaden skills in their focused areas of expertise while serving the burn community.  Applicants do not need to be a burn survivor or family member to apply. 

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.


 $3,000 stipend in 3 installments 

Registration, hotel accommodations, and travel for education and work at Phoenix World Burn Congress. Additional job-related travel opportunities would also be covered if applicable.

Scope of Work

January– December. Roughly 6-12 hours of work per week, primarily in virtual setting. Schedule will include a mix of required meetings and flexible hours.

Required Resources 

  • The Fellowship is designed as a largely virtual (distance) working experience, so applicants are not required to be local to Grand Rapids, MI. 
  • Applicants must commit to attendance at Phoenix World Burn Congress in Providence, RI October 21-24, 2020. **Please note, the Marketing  and Communications, Advocacy, and Philanthropy Fellows are strongly encouraged but not required to attend (These applicants must clearly communicate any attendance barriers in their application).  
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by 9/30/2020. There is no upper age limit for applicants. 
  • Quiet professional work space for webcam-based meetings with high speed internet access.
  • Ability to call U.S. phone numbers with reliable access.
  • Each department has set weekly meetings during standard business hours within U.S. East Coast time zone.  Fellows' participation in these meetings is required. Most other work hours are flexible.
  • **NOTE specific required meetings are listed alongside each position description
  • It is not necessary to be a burn survivor to apply.