Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Student Opportunities in Chester

Chester Community Fellowship 

The Chester Community Fellowship (CCF)—a signature Lang Center program funded through the Swarthmore Foundation— enhances the capacity of Chester-based community organizations while providing opportunities for student learning. Students hold internships four days a week; on the fifth day, Fellows work together on a project-in-common relevant to the City of Chester. The summer experience focuses on developing each Chester Fellow as a scholar, civic leader, and public servant. Learn more. 


The ChesterSemester Program is now accepting applications for 2020-2021! 

The ChesterSemester Program is a transcript-notated interdisciplinary program on social change with an engaged scholarship (ESCH) internship component. The purpose of the program is to facilitate committed student engagement with visionary leaders in the city of Chester and focuses on critically understanding and helping to ameliorate some of society’s most pressing real-world problems by requiring students to participate in civic volunteer programs throughout the academic year. 

ChesterSemester consists of the following key elements: 

  • One Chester-based internship credit (8 - 10 hours of work per week with your community mentor)*, 
  • At least one academic credit with a significant social justice component*,
  • Regular reflection sessions facilitated by community partners and Swarthmore’s socially engaged staff and faculty*
  • A “ChesterSemester Program” notation on the transcript for each semester-long commitment.

* Note: ChesterSemester internships and coursework will be offered remotely for Fall 2020.

Please complete and submit your application here by 11:59PM EST on August 7th, 2020. 

For more information regarding the ChesterSemester program, please view a complete program description here

Questions? Contact Ashley Henry at


Three ChesterSemester fellows were honored in Summer 2019 for their distinguished work in the program:

  • Ian Bothwell '20, Chester Eastside's Camp Phoenix
  • Lucy Fetterman '22, Chester's Herbal Plant Medicine and African Diaspora Sovereign Selfcare Project
  • Nessa Levy '21, Chester Eastside Community Garden and Chester Eastside's Camp Phoenix

Dare 2 Soar

Dare 2 Soar is Swarthmore College's largest and oldest tutoring group, serving hundreds of Chester, PA children aged K-12. It was founded as a student-run organization by Khadijah White '04 with Francisca Mata '04 and Greg Lok '04, with a mission "to provide elementary school students and families of Chester with positive role models of color that attend college and serve the community," and "to demonstrate to the children what social action is truly about so that they might one day continue this mission." Learn more. 

Engagement with Chester Contact

Ashley Henry

Ashley Henry

Program Manager
Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility
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