MICAH Summer Fellowship

The MICAH Summer Fellowship allows current SMC and USD students the opportunity to cultivate personal and social responsibility through intentionally joining communities that are working to create positive social change. This is a living/learning fellowship that challenges participants to creatively examine and practice the program values: community, leadership, simplicity, social justice and spirituality.        

MICAH SUMMER FELLOWSHIP WEBSITE (official joint website)

Application Process: 

  1. Please attend 1 (one) info session before applying (March 1 or 8 | 1pm-2pm OR March 10 | 4pm-5pm in DANTE 121)
  2. Program Overview (READ BEFORE APPLYING)
  3. JOB DESCRIPTIONS (carefully review before applying) (click here)
  4. APPLICATION (click here) (APPLY BY 3/12 @ 11:59PM)


6 SMC and 6 USD students (12 total) will be selected to participate in the MICAH Summer Fellowship.  Selected students will participate in a 2½ day retreat and orientation (June 2-4) in preparation for the fellowship.  Each student will join and constructively contribute to a San Francisco Bay Area community partner organization that promotes the common good.

Students’ engagement will be varied based on their respective community partner organization. Some will work directly with individuals who are marginally housed to help provide access to basic needs such as food, shelter, jobs, and healthcare. Others will work directly with staff and citizens to plan programs or implement campaigns to end homelessness, advocate for access to health care, neighborhood safety, employment, or education.

Fellows will live together in an apartment situated in a low income housing community and engage in two community nights per week. One evening each week, they will discuss readings, reflections, projects, and a final paper.  The second evening they will have a “Case in Point/Here and Now” experience designed to explore the group dynamics and issues as they emerge, finding their own role in those dynamics, and then making connections to the larger social systems at play.

A SMC staff and USD staff coordinates and facilitates the MICAH Summer Fellowship, maintaining regular contact with the Fellows and community partners.  Fellows are expected to devote 30-35 hours each week to their community partner organization and are not permitted to engage in any other employment during the fellowship period. The weekends throughout the fellowship will allow the fellows to explore the San Francisco Bay Area as a community.  

Each fellow will receive a $2,500 service award upon completion in lieu of summer employment. The fellows will debrief and celebrate the fellowship on July 28 and 29th.