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An Immersive Career Launch

Posted on December 04, 2018 by Laurey Stryker, Ed.D., Fellows Initiative Consultant

Think about the opportunity to start your career with an innovative organization open to your ideas and willing to help you build connective tissue in the philanthropic world. The TPF Fellows Initiative in collaboration with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is offering that chance to three M.A. graduates annually from the only school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. The inaugural fellows will begin June 2019.

What does the TPF Fellows initiative offer?

It includes a one-year Sarasota experience for early-career professionals interested in working in the community alongside corporate and private foundations. Fellows will learn and live TPF’s values while contributing their knowledge and ideas. They will experience how resources and expertise beyond the gift provide value to philanthropic approaches by exploring one or more of TPF’s initiatives.

Since this is a one-year stint, why would new graduates be interested? Career networking is an integral part of the fellows’ experience. Lilly School Dean, Amir Pasic, characterized it as an “immersive career launch.” Rather than getting hired for a specific position, the fellows will gain broader experiences making them competitive for more senior roles. Also, each fellow will have high-value assignments with deliverables they can share with future employers.

Feel the philanthropic heartbeat of our vibrant region. Learn more and apply for the inaugural TPF Fellows Initiative.


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