Yahoo for Central Florida!

Lindsay Mays (third from right) with her fellow PA CF'ers.

We can tell you about Public Allies all we want, but it’s especially insightful to get the Ally perspective.  Lindsay Mays, of the inaugural class of Central Florida Allies, volunteered her story over at Yahoo Answers to help someone who Read the rest of this entry »

FAQ: Deadlines…Can I apply after my preferred site deadline passes?

Every Monday afternoon, we try to respond to Frequently Asked Questions from applicants.  Yeah, we’ve been away for a couple weeks, but now we’re back to bring the thunder.  This week, let’s break down the deadline thang.

The Public Allies Ally Application season is heading down the homestretch.  Here’s a quick summary:

  • Feb 17, 2010.  Eagle Rock.
  • April 23, 2010.  Delaware.
  • April 30, 2010.  Connecticut, Milwaukee.
  • May 15, 2010.  New York.
  • May 17, 2010.  Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Chicago.
  • May 26, 2010.  North Carolina.
  • May 28, 2010.  Arizona.
  • May 31, 2010.  Cincinnati, San Antonio.
  • June 1, 2010.  Pittsburgh.
  • June 7, 2010.  Indianapolis.
  • June 15, 2010.  Maryland, Miami, Los Angeles.
  • July 1, 2010.  New Sites.
  • July 30, 2010.  New Mexico.

Here are some quick FAQs, around deadlines:

Can I apply to a site (or sites) after the deadline?

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FAQ: May Ally Application Deadline Update

Milwaukee is no longer accepting Ally applications.

Delaware is only accepting Ally applications for its Summer Alternates List.  If you submit an application for Delaware, then you will only be considered if they still have openings after their summer Matching Fair.  For more info, e-mail PA Delaware.

Cincinnati has extended its Ally Application deadline to May 31, 2010.

May’s Ally Deadlines:

  • May 15, 2010.  New York, Los Angeles
  • May 17, 2010.  Chicago, Silicon Valley, San Francisco
  • May 26, 2010.  North Carolina
  • May 28, 2010.  Arizona
  • May 31, 2010.  Cincinnati, San Antonio

You should expect a decision on your application usually within 2 weeks of the site’s Ally Application deadline.

FAQ: “Reader Mail” Edition

As our ol' pal Dave would say, "These are actual letters, from actual viewers..."

Every Monday afternoon, I’ll write a column that provides advice or insight on applying to Public Allies.  The FAQ’s have been our most popular posts.

Hey there — this week, I’m going through my in-box and picking out some individual questions.  These questions below are excerpts from actual e-mails.

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FAQ: How to crush the interview

It's not THAT bad.

Every Monday afternoon, I’ll put together an entry inspired by actual questions from aspiring applicants.  Last week, I wrote about how to “crush the application.”  Well, this week I’m taking on how to “crush the interview.”

Before we get started, here are a couple of things to consider:

  • Every site has the same desired outcome:  select a diverse, talented class of predominantly homegrown, aspiring public sector leaders.  However, each site varies on how the tactics on how to achieve that outcome.  In the spirit of brevity and fairness, I’m not going to run-down on how each site does their interview, but rather speak from the vantage point of the general interviewing process.
  • My personal credentials:  I’ve been on the staff of a local Public Allies site from ’99-’03 (participated in at least 150 Ally individual/group interviews), as well as managed the selection process for the inaugural Turning The Tide Fellowship in ’08 (where I conducted over 70 individual phone-interviews).  I’m confident in that I have a handle on what we’re generally looking for.

With that squared away, let’s get down to brass tacks…

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FAQ: How to crush the application phase

It'll require a bit more effort than this

From time to time, we’ll post our best thinking around different questions related to the Ally Recruitment season.  One question that keeps coming up is “What are you guys looking for?”

In the coming days, we’ll post videos from almost all of the sites that feature staff people sharing in their own words what they look for in Allies.  If you can’t wait, this post will drop some science on how to handle your candidacy.

Keep in mind, there are three stages to becoming an Ally.  Let’s hypothetically assume that you’re applying to a site that has 30 Allies this Fall.  Here’s a brief overview :

The Application Phase. In this hypothetical case, we’re expecting 180 Ally Applications.  Out of these 180, you can realistically expect a site to conduct interviews for 90-120 candidates.

The Interview Phase. The site will conduct live (and virtual interviews) for 90-120 candidates.  This will include individual interviews, and group components.  In this hypothetical situation, we can expect the site to select 40-50 Finalists.

The Finalist Matching Phase. The site will conduct a one-day matching fair (or a 1-2 week matching period) where the Finalists have an Read the rest of this entry »

FAQ: Do I need to submit an online app, if I already submitted one via e-mail?

It's all good, cause we take those, too!

We just launched our online application on April 1st.  However, over 1,200 of you have already submitted PDF applications via e-mail.  Those that already submitted those applications via e-mail/PDF  do not need to submit an  online application. You’re welcome to, but it’s not necessary.  If you haven’t submitted an application yet, we encourage you to use the online application.

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