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Illinois State University Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development

Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development welcomes AmeriCorps alumni to apply for admission to the Applied Community and Economic Development Fellows Program. 

Through coursework and an 11-month paid internship, students earn a master’s degree in anthropology, applied economics, kinesiology and recreation, political science, or sociology. Within each degree program, the applied community/economic development subplan covers a range of topics, including project design and management, grant writing, and other subjects in administration and planning. Additionally, each student drives an individual research agenda in areas like sustainable development, food systems, microfinance, and housing.

The Stevenson Center matches the AmeriCorps Education Award through:

  • Graduate assistantship (starting at $914/month) during fall and spring semesters (first year)
  • Stipend ($1,516/month) during 11-month professional practice internship (second year)
  • 100% tuition waiver worth up to $30,300 over 2-year program
  • Other benefits. Please see Financial Support.

See Stevenson Center for important information regarding eligibility and program requirements.

The Fellows Program is interdisciplinary, relevant, and challenging, with a powerful combination of benefits:

  • A truly interdisciplinary classroom:  Our students benefit from their peers’ and faculty’s range of expertise and diverse backgrounds.
  • Service/Work/Internship Opportunities:  Fellows apply their knowledge through an 11-month paid internship with organizations and in communities across the U.S.—a great platform for the next career move. Host organizations are as varied as the Fellows.  (See Professional Practice.)
  • Individual attention:  Illinois State University has the resources of a large university with the feel of a small school. The Stevenson Center is also small by design, with seminar-sized classes and strong faculty and staff support.

The kinds of skills applied and level of responsibility during the internship allow alumni to pursue diverse kinds of development work. Affiliated faculty and staff have expertise in a range of topics to support Fellows' projects.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Beverly Beyer
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Institution Address

Campus Box 4200
Normal, IL 61790-4200
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