IREX: Community Engagement Exchange Program (2023)

Professional OpportunitiesCommunity Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Washington, DC, USA. Deadline: 30 November 2022.

The CEE Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries. A transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Fellowship components include:

  • Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.

  • Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.

  • Community Engagement Project: With the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

  • Community Engagement Project Exchange: Select U.S. hosts and CEE specialists will travel to a CEE alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country.

Applicants must be age 21-28 at the time of application, living in their home country, that country must be on the list, and be active in community or civil society issues for at least 2 years. Applicants from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups such as women, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people living in rural areas, are particularly encouraged to apply. The program covers all expenses plus a monthly allowance.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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