LEEP Project Application Process
LEEP Projects are problem-based projects that students complete during the summer working alongside a faculty mentor and with an external organization. These projects offer real-world application of course material, provide an opportunity to engage with others outside of Clark, and enhance mastery of the LEEP learning outcomes.
LEEP Projects/Fellows Application Deadlines
There are two deadlines: (2017)
March 3: Early decision, self-designed projects (no sponsor), and independent research
April 14: Final deadline for all LEEP Project applications and resubmissions from March 3
No resubmissions will be allowed after April 14th deadline.
Students completing self-designed projects are required to apply by March 3rd.
Students can expect a decision within 2 weeks of the application deadlines.
How Do I Apply to do a LEEP Project?
- Attend a LEEP Project and Proposal Writing info-session. Next Date:
March 22, 5pm, Rosenblatt Conference Room.
- Talk with your intended faculty or staff mentor. Mentors provide support and guidance for students during their LEEP Projects. (Students completing self-design or independent projects are required to have a faculty/staff mentor. For all other projects, faculty staff mentors are optional)
- Talk to a LEEP Center adviser: Schedule an online appointment.
- Have your résumé reviewed by Career Services. (If your resume has already been reviewed by Career services, please upload that copy with your application.)
Career Services walk-in hours held 12- 4 pm every day in the Alumni and Student Engagement Center
- A) Apply to and secure the position; or B) Design your project
- Create your LEEP Project Proposal
- Request a Faculty recommendation letter. (Required of all student applications.)
- Submit your LEEP Project Application (preview application) Upload Assumption of Risk waiver and International Travel Form to this application as well.
- Attend a "Know Before You Go" workshop - REQUIRED (April 28, 2017 5:30 p.m. Location: TBD)
Who is eligible to receive LEEP funding?
- LEEP funding is only available for those students completing LEEP Projects
- Funding is competitive, but preference is given to those students completing projects sponsored by a Clark alumnus, LEEP partner, or faculty member at Clark
- All students must submit an application in order to be considered for LEEP funding.
How do I receive LEEP funding?
- Students should indicate that they wish to be considered for LEEP funding on the LEEP Fellows application
- A stipend of up to $2500 may be available*
Students who secure a paid opportunity are only eligible to receive LEEP funding if their total compensation is less than $2500
Students will need to apply for funding and funding decisions will be made by a faculty committee
- No student will receive more than $2500 of LEEP funding; no double-dipping is allowed
*Receipt of outside funds may lessen or negate Clark funding
Types of LEEP Projects are available:
- Students may secure a pre-identified project listed in the Clark Recruiter, often sponsored by a Clark alumnus, LEEP partner, or faculty member here at Clark. Descriptions of pre-identified projects will be made available on a rolling basis in the Clark Recruiter.
- To access the Clark Recruiter, log into your ClarkYou account and locate the LEEP Center Clark Recruiter link on the left hand side of the page under “Web Services." Your Clark University credentials will automatically log you into your Clark Recruiter account!
Students may design/secure their own project using the resources of the LEEP Center, Clark Recruiter database, or their own network. Research based projects are also eligible.
Who can complete a LEEP Project?
- Primarily juniors, though sophomores will be considered if 1) the project is developmentally appropriate; and 2) they can make a compelling case as to how the project relates to their future goals
- Previous LEEP Fellows are not eligible
- Student cannot be on social or academic probation
- Problem-based projects that students complete during the summer working alongside a faculty mentor and with an external organization. These projects should:
- Offer real-world applications of course material
- Allow authentic problem-solving experiences
- Provide an opportunity to engage with others outside of Clark
- Enhance mastery of the LEEP Learning outcomes
- Serve as a capstone, or culminating experience
The LEEP Fellows Program
The LEEP Fellows Program is designed to provide students with the comprehensive pre- and post-project advising, support, and training they need to have successful summer opportunities and leverage those experiences for future opportunities. All students who complete LEEP Projects will also be LEEP Fellows. Students participating in other activities, such as internships and undergraduate research experiences, or other types of projects, such as Steinbrecher and Barth fellowships, can also apply to be a LEEP Fellow.
About LEEP Projects
Finding a LEEP Project
Descriptions of pre-identified projects will be made available on a rolling basis in the Clark Recruiter. To access the Clark Recruiter, log into your ClarkYou account.
Students who are considering doing research with human subjects should check in with their faculty mentor and the IRB office.
Securing a LEEP Project
Students are encouraged to schedule a mock interview with a LEEP Center staff member prior to meeting with a potential employer or project host
Applying for LEEP Funding
Talk to a LEEP Center adviser: Schedule an online appointment.
International LEEP Projects
Contact The LEEP Center at 508-793-8819.