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Each year, the Carolina Center for Public Service offers support for up to 10 Carolina graduate students to serve as skills training facilitators and share their expertise with undergraduate students engaged in service in the community and on campus. Selected graduate students are required to facilitate at least two skills trainings (one per semester) for Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) participants, help with the review process of BPSS portfolios submitted by graduating seniors and participate in a panel, co-facilitation of BPSS participant orientation or attend the BPSS senior dinner for participants. While completing these requirements, each graduate student receives a stipend of $600.

BPSS Skills Trainings

Undergraduate students enrolled in BPSS are required to participate in at least four approved skills trainings in order to complete the program. Skills trainings should be connected to one of the following skill areas:

  • Advocacy and community organizing
  • Diversity and cultural awareness
  • Effective communication
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Evaluation and applied research
  • Financial management
  • Fundraising, grant writing and philanthropy
  • Planning and assessment
  • Service-specific training
  • Social entrepreneurship and innovation

Based on prior program data, BPSS is particularly interested in graduate assistants who can offer innovative trainings related to financial management, social entrepreneurship and innovation, evaluation and applied research or fundraising, grant writing and philanthropy.

The trainings must be interactive, activity-based and designed for participants to build and practice skills. Events where students simply learn information or gain awareness (such as through a lecture, panel or presentation) do not apply. Trainings must be at least one hour in length.

Why be a BPSS graduate assistant?

Serving as a BPSS graduate assistant can provide a wide variety of benefits, including: opportunities to build and share your knowledge and expertise as it relates to working with under-served communities or diverse populations, facilitation experience that is valuable for leading meetings or other workshops, opportunity to have a mentoring role with undergraduate students who may be interested in your field and expanding your network with graduate students outside of your department.

Application Information

Applications for BPSS Graduate Assistants are currently closed.  If you have any questions, contact