Phoenix Fellows

The Phoenix Fellowships give young professionals an opportunity to gain in-depth learning and hands-on experience through a 9-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

About the Focus Area

Supportive Programming Fellowship

The Supportive Programming Fellow will serve as a 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) as part of Phoenix World Burn Congress (annual gathering of ~900 burn survivors, family members, first responders and burn support professionals). The Fellow will also gain experience in designing and delivering trauma-informed online support and education platforms to reach the burn community throughout the country and beyond. Focus areas also include planning and delivery of support through various Phoenix Society resources and programs, as well as concrete professional development in the area of therapeutic programming.  

Youth Supportive Programming Fellowship

The Youth Supportive Programming Fellow will gain exposure to and assist with the planning and delivery for youth and teens through various Phoenix Society resources and programs. The Fellow will assist in the development of youth specific programming and will also serve as a co-facilitator team member for the Phoenix UBelong program at Phoenix World Burn Congress. Phoenix UBelong is a multi-day program offering peer support, self-discovery, healing, and age-appropriate tools/skills to guide recovery. This Fellowship will provide concrete professional development in the area of therapeutic programming with an emphasis on youth and teens. 

Peer Support Fellowship

The Peer Support Fellowship will provide exposure to Phoenix Society’s peer support program background, development, and delivery methods. It is well documented in research that peer support plays an integral role in healing from trauma and the Fellow will assist with the greater organizational strategic peer support related goals, including Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program expansion, support group facilitation, contact assessment/referrals, and peer support training programs. The Fellow will gain direct exposure to peer support programming at Phoenix World Burn Congress and will assist with the co-facilitation of peer support trainings at Phoenix WBC. 

Community Engagement/Events Planning Fellowship

As the Community Engagement Fellow, you’ll play a key role in Phoenix World Burn Congress, the world’s largest gathering of the burn community. Phoenix World Burn Congress brings together burn survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and allied professionals to learn, find support, and connect with each other. In addition to assisting with greater organizational strategic engagement goals, you’ll gain exposure to the conference background, development, and delivery methods. This role would match the skills and knowledge of  those with experience in the hospitality field, such as meeting planning or event management. 

Communications Fellowship

At Phoenix Society, our promise to our community is simple but powerful: you are greater than. As the Communications Fellow, you’ll play an important role in spreading our message of support and empowerment. You’ll provide copywriting and editorial support of Burn Support Magazine, Phoenix Society’s thrice-annual publication with content devoted to social, emotional, and physical recovery. You’ll contribute to marketing strategy and content for our digital presence, including the development of a new website, and pursue other projects relevant to your specific interests and goals. The Communications Fellowship will provide hands-on experience in non-profit storytelling and in-depth understanding of this unique community.

Philanthropy Fellowship

Phoenix Society is focused on expanding and diversifying its philanthropic support, securing vital resources necessary to advance the nation’s leading organization for burn survivors. The Philanthropy Fellow will help to advance the goals of the department through prospect development activities such as research, prospect identification and strategic donor/prospect meeting planning and preparation. The Fellow will also be involved in the following aspects: Corporate and Individual Donor Prospect Research – develop research profiles on current donors and prospects with a specific interest is growing partnerships in the health care, surgical, fire-protection, insurance and tissue-bank sectors · Prospect List Development – conduct research to identify potential new prospects for general support or for specific programmatic areas  · Relationship Management assistance – participate in process of managing relationships by attending strategy meetings and developing meeting preparation materials. 

About the Fellowships

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 must be at least 21 years old by 9/30/2019. There is no upper age limit for applicants. 

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.


$2,000 stipend paid upon successful Fellowship completion

Registration, hotel accommodations, and travel for attendance at Phoenix World Burn Congress

Scope of Work

Late February – 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 Anaheim, California, October 2-5, 2019. **Please note, the Communications and Philanthropy Fellow are strongly encouraged but not required to attend (These applicants must clearly communicate any attendance barriers in their application).  
  • Quiet professional workspace 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. Fellows' participation in these meetings is required. Most other work hours are flexible.
  • It is not necessary to be a burn survivor to apply.

How to Apply

Our 2019 Fellowship positions have been filled - Please check back early next year for information regarding the 2020 Fellowship Program!