The Idea Behind the Fellowship

The Karel Fellowship honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as chief communications officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the and Rockefeller Foundation.

Among Karel’s strong beliefs was that the public would best be served if the next generation of advocates was reflective of America’s ever-growing diverse communities. Towards that end, each summer, the Fellowship matches first-generation and/or minority students with leading nonprofits in the D.C. area, where they work on social justice issues under the guidance of a communication mentor.

“I learned so many skills during my fellowship that I would not have learned in college. In an age when entering the work force is a competitive experience, I feel much more confident in my value as an employee thanks to the skills that I learned that summer. “
Jaquelin Salg

Franklin & Marshall College, Karel 2016

“Karel was really important for securing a job after college. Two of my employers after the fellowship told me that Karel was a major boost to my resume as it demonstrated some “real-world” nonprofit experience.”
Ava L.J. Kim

Macalester College, Karel 2013

Applications are closed.

Check back at the end of the year for information about the 2023 cycle.