Community Service and Jobs

Lead for America Fellowship

Lead for America is recruiting outstanding leaders ages 21-30 for their core program — a paid two-year Fellowship — to work on the toughest challenges facing local communities across the country, particularly in Fellows’ hometowns and communities struggling to attract and retain talent.

The basics of the program: LFA is looking for the nation’s most dynamic and diverse young leaders to join the LFA Hometown Fellowship. LFA’s flagship program is a paid two-year high impact fellowship for leaders ages 21-30 to serve their hometowns, particularly in neighborhoods and communities where the narrative of success has meant leaving and never coming back. Fellows work full-time alongside community leaders to address critical challenges and recruit other young leaders to return to and remain in the community. We currently have 93 Fellows serving 81 communities nationwide; our cohorts include Truman, Udall, and Gates Millennium Scholars, as well as military veterans and TFA alumni.

Each Fellow works full-time alongside dynamic local government and non-profit leaders and receives ongoing support and training from us to ensure they are critical contributors on priority projects from the start. We provide additional support to alumni to help them not only advance into positions of civic leadership, but also to recruit and pave the way for other young leaders to be able to do the same. The summer before their fellowship begins, all Fellows receive 4 weeks of graduate level public administration, leadership, and equity training from leading institutions like the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and UNC’s School of Government, while also joining other Fellows for retreats throughout the course of the two years.

Their first application deadline is coming up on November 15th! The first round app only requires a resume, writing sample, and one 250-word short response. Learn more and apply here.

Nominations: Professors, peers, and colleagues are invited to nominate outstanding candidates in their community via this form. Nominees will be contacted by Lead For America regarding next steps.

Questions? Please reach out to Lorenzo Johnson, LFA’s Recruitment and Selection Manager at

Kauffman SchoolHalloween at Kauffman School

Since 2004, the Honors Program has proudly sponsored a partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman School. The Kauffman School is a free public charter school for students in fifth through twelfth grade, and its mission is to support and empower students to become eventual college graduates. Each year, the Honors Program allocates several Work-Study positions for eligible students to work at the Kauffman School in administrative and classroom roles. In addition, honors students are proud to claim a strong track record of volunteerism at the Kauffman School.

Interested in learning about other opportunities to work and volunteer at the Kauffman School? Contact the Honors Program and we’ll put you in touch with the right people!


The Academy for Integrated Arts (or AFIA) is a free Kansas City charter school dedicated to using the arts to prepare students for a college preparatory high school. AFIA serves students from pre-K to sixth grade. The Honors Program sponsors several Work-Study positions at AFIA each year, and also supports volunteer opportunities within the school.

Interested in learning more about AFIA and ways to get involved? Contact the Honors Program and we’ll send you more info.

Kansas Research and Education Network (KanREN)

KanREN, headquartered in Lawrence, is the nonprofit Research and Education Network (REN) for Kansas that provides advanced network communication services for universities, schools, libraries, and government entities. KanREN has openings for network engineers, network administrators, systems administrators, and sales/business office roles. KanREN’s technical positions are listed at but they are also looking for non-technical staff for the business office. Anyone interested in working in this sort of organization should apply; new positions open up almost daily. Questions? Contact Honors alum Bradley Hook