Gain Professional Experience as a Phoenix Fellow

Phoenix Fellows

Phoenix Fellows gain in-depth learning and hands-on experience while giving back to the burn community. Through an intentional educational curriculum, you’ll build professional experience and gain a deep understanding of the burn community.

You’ll be an integrated member of the Phoenix Society team, collaborating with staff, consultants, and volunteers. By the end of your fellowship, you will have completed three major projects in your discipline.


If you are an advanced student or early career professional, take the next step in your career with a Phoenix Fellowship!


Please note - Applications for the 2020 Phoenix Fellowship program are now closed. Please check back in Fall 2020 for information on how to apply for the 2021 program year!

Application Process

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a Phoenix Fellowship Application. 

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.

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!


6 Focus Areas Available for 2020


Advocacy

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).

Development

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).


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).


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).

Who Are Phoenix Fellows?

Phoenix Fellows are those early in their chosen profession or advanced students (at least 21 years old) seeking to broaden skills in their focused areas of expertise. Burn survivors are welcome to apply but Phoenix Fellows are open to anyone looking to serving the burn community. 

Scope of Work
  • January 2020 - December 2020

  • 6-12 hours per week, primarily in a virtual setting; mix of required meetings and flexible hours.

  • Attendance is required at Phoenix World Burn Congress, October 21-24, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island.


Compensation
  • $3,000 stipend paid in three installments of $1,000

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


Requirements
  • 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 22-24, 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.