Governor’s Summer Fellowship Program open for applications

Delaware high school students receive paid work opportunities at community-based camps
March 22, 2024

Gov. John Carney recently announced a call for applications from Delaware high school students wishing to participate in the Governor’s Summer Fellowship Program.

This is the third year of the program, which provides paid camp counselor opportunities for Delaware high school seniors and juniors. Along with real-world experience, fellows will receive paid work opportunities at community-based summer camps in each county, along with the ability to network with state leaders and elected officials.

“There’s nothing more important than making sure that all Delaware children have the chance to excel,” said Carney. “The summer fellows will gain paid work opportunities and valuable life experiences while helping their communities on critical issues, including literacy support. I’m looking forward to meeting with the incoming class and encourage all interested students to apply. Thanks to the Department of Education and the United Way of Delaware for their coordination on this project.”

While gaining real-world experience in education, community and state government, summer fellows receive academic credit for their participation. 

“This program has proven for the past two years to be a win-win,” said Mark Holodick, secretary of education. “It offers meaningful work experience for our high school students that I hope also encourages them to pursue a career in education. At the same time, it provides our community partners with the staffing they need to host engaging and enriching summer programs for our younger students.”

“The Governor’s Summer Fellowship Program offers an unparalleled opportunity for Delaware's high school students to embark on a journey of growth and discovery,” said Dr. Michelle A. Taylor, United Way of Delaware president and CEO. “As young leaders, participants will immerse themselves in real-world experiences, working alongside decision-makers to drive positive change in our communities. This prestigious program not only equips students with invaluable skills and insights, but also empowers them to make a tangible impact on the academic achievement gap. I wholeheartedly endorse this program and urge all eligible students to seize this opportunity for personal and community advancement.”

Prospective fellows must be committed to working for the duration of the program, which runs from Monday, June 17 to Sunday, Aug. 11.

Interested students can apply at


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