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Buhrman Family Fellowship - Application Process

Through the generosity of Ricky Buhrman, ACE is able to award an annual summer internship in Haiti to two candidates who preferably, though not necessarily, are recent ACE graduates. The successful candidates will have an interest in education policy and international development.  French or Haitian Creole language skills are strongly preferred, to ensure maximum effectiveness in communicating and interacting with Haitian partners and the communities they serve.

The Buhrman Fellowship will place the candidates in an internship that will allow them to engage in direct service and project coordination related to education policy and international development, with a focus on English language instruction, appropriate use of educational technology, and building the capacity of Haitian educational organizations. Over the course of the internship, the Buhrman Fellows will be under the guidance of the Associate Director for ACE Haiti. The Buhrman Fellows will receive one round-trip airfare from the United States to Haiti, accommodation in Port au Prince, and a living stipend for the duration of their stay.  The expected length of stay is 5 to 6 weeks, from late June to the end of July, pending availability and work requirements.  At the conclusion of the summer experience, the Buhrman Fellows will submit a written report on findings from their experience to the appropriate parties.

The Buhrman Fellows will work in Basile Moreau School, a flagship, preK-12 Holy Cross school that was destroyed in the earthquake and newly rebuilt and expanded in the Port au Prince area.  Fellows will have the opportunity to gain exposure to and experience in the key issues and challenges facing Haitian Catholic education. 

Application Requirements:

To apply, please send the following to Kate Schuenke-Lucien:

  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement and statement of purpose (see application for prompts)
  • Resume. Please include relevant courses taken.
  • Two signed, sealed letters of recommendation
    • One academically-focused
    • One focused on professional accomplishments
    • See application for instructions for submission of letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed copy of transcript
  • Separate document with description of French or Haitian Creole proficiency (speaking and writing) and list of academic courses taken in French and/or Creole 

Dates to Remember:

The application deadline is February 27th, 2015. Interviews, if necessary, will be conducted via Skype during the week of March 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Buhrman Family Fellows will be named by March 9th, 2015.

For more information please contact: Kate Schuenke-Lucien, Associate Director, ACE Haiti, .