We are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Goldfarb Student Fellows program. More information about the program is below. To apply, please click here.

Applications are due May 8, 2015.

For questions, please contact Assistant Director Amanda Cooley.

About the Program


“Being a Goldfarb Student Fellow allowed me to take on a much greater leadership role on campus, and I truly believe it has prepared me for the professional world in a way that few of my other campus activities could have. My experiences planning and executing events and interacting with influential policymakers, journalists, and intellectuals have prepared me to connect and engage with just about anyone.” – Madeline Wilson ’14

Among much else, the Goldfarb Center aspires to become a national leader in public affairs programming; to confront salient, difficult issues to reveal complexities, implications and solutions; to create and support unique initiatives for the betterment of the Colby Community, and for the advancement of others in central Maine and beyond; to be a resource for individuals and civic groups working for the improvement of our democracy; and to be a reliable resource of information and expertise for those doing similar work, and for regional and national media outlets.

To aid these efforts, the center has created the Goldfarb Student Fellows Program.

Goldfarb Student Fellows serve as ambassadors to the greater Colby community.  The program provides an opportunity for a select group of students to gain real-world experiences by working alongside staff in the development of important, cutting-edge initiatives.  Goldfarb student fellows are selected on the basis of leadership, scholarship, professionalism and desire to create and promote Goldfarb Center events and programs.

Student Fellow Responsibilities

  • Work with Goldfarb Center staff to assist in the development, planning and execution of Goldfarb Center events and activities across programs
  • Represent the Goldfarb Center with professionalism at all times
  • Promote the events and programming initiatives of the Goldfarb Center to attract participation across the greater Colby community
  • Attend and actively participate in most Goldfarb Center events
  • Coordinate the Goldfarb Center Student Associate Committee, including actively recruiting new members
  • Attend regular staff/fellow meetings (generally last roughly 1 hour)

Goldfarb Student Fellow Qualifications

  • Have availability between 8-10 hours per week and flexibility for a changing schedule, ensuring other commitments will usually not infringe on responsibilities to the Goldfarb Center
  • Practice and uphold professionalism including responsibility, dependability and punctuality
  • Sincere desire to work alongside staff to represent the Goldfarb Center in a positive, ethical manner
  • Proven success in the classroom and with other aspects of life at Colby
  • Ability to handle a high level of responsibility with professionalism and enthusiasm
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Responsibility and dependability
  • Desire to learn and develop skill sets described above

Goldfarb Student Fellow Incentives

  • Have hands-on opportunities to advance projects and initiatives that are important, and can make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff, and community partners
  • Experience for resume and opportunity for letters of recommendation
  • Opportunities to learn from top scholars and experts on important subjects that enrich the college learning experience
  • Develop a wide range of skill sets through interactions with fellow students, staff, faculty, and community leaders across disciplines
  • Exposure to various campus involvement opportunities
  • Establish professional and personal contacts

Other Information    

  • Approximately eight positions will be available each academic year.
  • Current Goldfarb Student Fellows who wish to continue are asked to reapply. While not assured, preference will be given to current fellows who have demonstrated strong commitment to the responsibilities of the position and overall success of the center.
  • Fellows must have availability of 8-10 hours per week depending on the Goldfarb Center schedule.
  • Goldfarb Student Fellows are responsible for notifying the center staff if they are unable to make their scheduled hours and events.

Application Procedure

  1. Submit application to the Goldfarb Center no later than May 8, 2015.
  2. You may be contacted to arrange an interview.
  3. References will be checked by Goldfarb Center staff.
  4. All selected fellows will be notified by Commencement.