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Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development

June 12, 2012
AmeriCorps alumni who are passionate about social change through service have a home at Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development. The Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) Fellows Program is designed for AmeriCorps alumni to take their careers to the next level.
Through coursework and an 11-month paid internship, students earn a master’s degree in Applied Economics, Political Science, or Sociology. Within each degree program, the Applied Community/Economic Development Sequence covers a range of topics, including project design and management, grant writing, and other subjects in administration and planning. Additionally, each student drives an individual research agenda in areas like sustainable development, food systems, microfinance, and housing.
The ACED Fellows Program is interdisciplinary, relevant, and challenging, with a unique combination of benefits:
  • Every student we accept receives generous financial support. ACED Fellows have a full tuition waiver, a graduate assistantship with stipend, and a paid internship.
  • A truly interdisciplinary classroom. Our students benefit from their peers’ and faculty’s range of expertise and diverse backgrounds.
  • Real-world experience. Applied projects are woven into courses during the year on campus. ACED Fellows then apply their knowledge through an 11-month internship in the field—a great platform for the next career move.
  • Individual attention. Illinois State University has the resources of a large university with the feel of a small school. The Stevenson Center is also small by design, with seminar-sized classes and strong faculty and staff support.

Graduates of the ACED Fellows Program pursue careers in the U.S. and abroad, with organizations like the American Red Cross, Action Against Hunger, NeighborWorks America, and many more.

Read about the impact of AmeriCorps alumni Niko ValarisJoseph AlustizaDana BulbaKatie Mitchell, and Nicolette Slagle.

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