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LEEP Projects 3.0. What are LEEP Projects?. Summer experiences Offer real-world application of course material Allow authentic problem-solving experiences Provide an opportunity to work with someone outside of Clark Enhance mastery of the LEEP learning outcomes

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what are leep projects
What are LEEP Projects?
  • Summer experiences
  • Offer real-world application of course material
  • Allow authentic problem-solving experiences
  • Provide an opportunity to work with someone outside of Clark
  • Enhance mastery of the LEEP learning outcomes
  • Serves as a capstone, or culminating experience
  • Students who complete LEEP Projects will now be called

LEEP Fellows

benefits of completing a leep project
Benefits of completing a LEEP Project
  • Real-world experience that animates your academic coursework; the opportunity to learn a variety of skills that will give you an advantage
  • Opportunity to reflect on your experiences and your intentions as you make a plan to move forward
  • Opportunity to make a close, working relationship with a facultymentor
    • Some projects include working closely with a Clark alum
  • Targeted training opportunities designed to prepare you for your project; pre- and post- project advising, preparation, and support
  • Transcript designation as a LEEP Fellow
what kind of leep project can i do
What kind of LEEP Project can I do?

Self-designed LEEP Project

    • Crafted with guidance from a faculty mentor
    • Should have a connection to an external organization
  • Students will need to apply for funding
  • Decisions will be made by a faculty committee

Existing LEEP Project

    • Alumni-sponsored
    • Organizations with close ties to Clark
    • Faculty/department-generated
  • Can be found in Clark Recruiter
  • If position is secured, LEEP funding may be available
how are leep projects different
How are LEEP Projects different?
  • All have a connection with an external organization
    • Some existing projects offer a connection with an alumni host!
    • Some existing projects are paid by the organization!
  • All require the support of a faculty mentor
    • Some existing projects will “come with” a faculty mentor
  • Pre- and post training and reflection
  • Funding may be available*
  • With all, an expectation that there is some outcome that is beneficial to you
what are the responsibilities of a leep fellow
What are the responsibilities of aLEEP Fellow?
  • Complete all components of the application
    • Including: 1) application form; 2) project description; 3) LEEP essay; 4) letter of recommendation; 5) resume; 6) LEEP Project contract; and 7) relevant risk/liability forms
  • Attend an advising session and pre- and post-project workshops
  • Attend LEEP Project class or boot camp
  • Submit a mid-term update
  • Submit a final reflection
  • Participate in LEEP Talks or Fall Fest
  • Take part in exit interviews - optional
what are the application criteria
What are the application criteria?
  • Primarily geared towards juniors
    • Sophomores and seniors 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 Pioneers are not eligible
  • Cannot be on social or academic probation
special considerations
Special Considerations
  • Studying abroad
    • Are eligible for LEEP Project funding; plans for training will be determined
    • Interviewing may be difficult – it is important that you check Clark email!
  • International students
    • International students who are working off campus will need to get academic credit and obtain work permission from OIA
  • Completing projects abroad
    • Applications to complete a project in a country on the State Department watch list will receive additional scrutiny
  • Applying for other sources of funding and/or paid projects
    • Eligible to receive up to $2500 from Clark
    • Receipt of outside funds may lessen or negate Clark funding
how do i start existing projects
How do I start?Existing Projects
  • Decide which project(s) is right for you
    • Attend a LEEP Project advising session; required for all applicants
    • Sessions held weekly in the LEEP Center; starts week of November 18
  • Log on to Clark Recruiter to view existing projects
    • Available week of November 18
  • Get your resume and cover letter reviewed by Career Services
    • Monday-Friday, 12-4 pm – no appointment required!
  • Apply for a position(s)
  • Attend an Interviewing 101 workshop
  • Connect with a faculty mentor and submit LEEP Fellow application once position is secured
how do i start self designed projects
How do I start?Self-Designed Projects
  • Decide which project(s) is right for you
    • Attend a LEEP Project advising session; required for all applicants
    • Sessions held weekly in the LEEP Center; starts week of November 18
  • Get your resume reviewed by Career Services
    • Monday-Friday, 12-4 pm – no appointment required!
  • Connect with a faculty mentor
  • Attend a Writing Your Proposal workshop
  • Submit LEEP Fellow application
  • All self-designed project applications will be reviewed by, and funding decided upon by, a faculty committee
deadlines
Deadlines

Stipend disbursement schedule

  • Funds will be distributed evenly at two points:

1) upon completion of the LEEP class or boot camp (June)

2) upon receipt of the final reflection (September)

  • Students may petition for release of additional funds at an earlier date

Application deadlines

  • LEEP Fellows application opens January 17
    • Please note that some deadlines may be earlier!
  • Deadline is March 14 for self-designed projects
  • Deadline is April 18 for existing projects