Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities! Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on June 5, 2023 and ending on July 21, 2023. The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns. Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation.

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one year of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio. The student application is available on the Foundation’s website,, and must be submitted by February 15, 2023.

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders will be placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders will participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2023. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost. In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment. Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students. The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 15, 2023.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit: Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Program Officer – Scholarships and Grants, Jennifer Randolph, at