PaCE Fellow Information

The R3 Initiative is looking for capable students dedicated to making an impact in rural communities throughout Northwest Ohio. Known as PaCE (Placemaking and Community Engagement) Fellows, selected students will engage in training and education throughout the Spring Semester 2022. They will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the goals of R3, including engaging communities in a process of placemaking that improves overall quality of life and helps retain and attract talent. This training will prepare the PaCE Fellows for on-the-ground work in the R3 communities of Gibsonburg, Van Wert, and Marysville throughout the summer of 2022. Once in the communities, the PaCE Fellows will help carry out community-led projects to bring about more holistic and inclusive spaces/programming.

This is a perfect opportunity for an undergraduate student looking to put their academics to work while also gaining real-world employment experience. The PaCE position not only provides an exceptionally unique opportunity, but is also paid and can count as an internship - depending on your academic department's requirements.

To get a better idea of what placemaking is, learn how to apply for the PaCE position, and read FAQs relating to the PaCE Fellow position (I.e., time commitment, expectations, etc.), please see the tabs below.

If interested in becoming a PaCE Fellow, please subscribe to the R3 email list to receive information about PaCE Fellow events and updates.

Learn More About Placemaking


The application is available in Handshake.

View the Application

Information Sessions:

Info Session #1 - October 5th (in-person), 5pm, BTSU 315

Info Session #2 - October 11th (virtual drop in), 5pm, via Zoom (access the meeting)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to be a specific major to apply?
    • No - We are looking to create diverse student teams who can work together and create strong, creative solutions to intricate placemaking problems.
  • When are the applications due?
    • The applications are due on November 8, 2021 at midnight.
  • What’s on the application?
    • It will include some basic information about yourself and your academics. Additionally, you will need to upload a current resume and cover letter, and a letter of reference from a faculty member, staff person, or community leader is required. 
  • Will the hours be set, or will they change depending on our availability?
    • That will be decided once PaCE fellows are selected. Most likely, we will have some set hours a week, much like a regular class, and the remaining hours will be independent work you can do when it best fits your schedule.
  • Will I get class/internship credit for this?
    • It is possible for this position to count as an internship. You will need to consult your department chair for approval and then fill out the appropriate paperwork.
  • Who do I report to?
    • Your direct supervisor will be the graduate assistant assigned to your community. They can address your questions, or find answers from Maddi, Dr. Mills, Dr. Fifer, etc.
  • Will there be travel to communities involved?
    • Yes, that is our hope. There will be some weekend trips to the communities so that selected students can begin to get a feel for where they will be working and what makes the communities unique.
  • What happens if I’m graduating in Spring of 2022?
    • Unfortunately, you are unable to apply since you must still be a student to be employed by BGSU during the summer of 2022.
  • Will I live in the community in the summer?
    • Most likely, no. We will continue to visit the community and check in on the project, but we won’t stay in the community for long periods of time.
  • I didn’t plan on living in BG in the summer. Will BG housing be provided?
    • Housing will not be provided by CRD or any other BGSU-affiliated organization.
  • Will it stay at 10 hours a week in the summer? Will I continue in class, or will it be all community work?
    • You will work 20 hours in the summer. Once the spring semester ends, we will transition fully to community project management and leadership. You may still have to independently study for your specific project (which will count towards your weekly worked hours) but the class portion will be complete.
  • What kind of work does the program entail? What are the expectations?
    • The expectations are that you’ll participate in the spring leadership training program and apply what you learn to the R3 placemaking process and decided community projects. You’ll also be expected to implement and manage those projects in the Summer of 2022.
  • Will there be an option to do it again next year? Will I do the same role?
    • It is our expectation that the R3 Initiative will be an ongoing project that can make a positive impact on rural communities throughout Northwest Ohio. It is likely that there will be additional opportunities in the future to participate again. You will need to reapply when that time comes.
  • Will the work be in person, remote, or a mix?
    • This will largely be an in-person role during the Spring and Summer with class meetings, projects, and work in the communities. However, it is likely that independent work and research associated with the class and/or community projects can be completed remotely. Additionally, the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 may also change our course of action.
  • If I have issues/questions, who do I contact?
  • This program has never happened before. Will I get a say in how to shape it?
    • By simply being a part of this program, you will be making a large impression on how this program will develop in the future. You will not be making large scale decisions by yourself, but the work that the team accomplishes together will dictate what R3 will look like moving forward.