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Summer Community Leaders

Overview


The Summer Community Leaders program is an eight-week internship experience and collaborative learning community of 12 excellent TCNJ undergraduates. SCL fellows serve 28 hours a week building the capacity of local non-profit partner while receiving rigorous academic, professional, and personal support from faculty, staff, and community mentors. SCL fellows receive a $2,500 stipend and participate in weekly trainings, field trips, discussions, and guest lectures.

The purpose of the Summer Community Leaders program is twofold:

  1. To provide mentored internships that develop student skills in leadership and civic engagement, enhance the academic experience, and inform career goals;
  2. To build the capacity of non-profit organizations in Trenton and address community-identified needs.

Internships

SCL fellows serve at one of twelve non-profit organizations in Mercer County, impacting issue areas such as:

  • Economic development
  • Food security
  • The arts
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Community development and planning
  • Housing security
  • Family and youth

Summer 2017 placements:

  • A Better Way
  • Academic Sports Academy
  • ARC of Mercer
  • Arm in Arm
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • HomeFront
  • Isles, Inc.
  • MidJersey Center for Economic Development
  • Millhill Child & Family Development
  • New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
  • One Simple Wish
  • Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
  • …and more!

Community

SCL fellows gather as a cohort on a weekly basis to reflect, learn, and plan. Activities include:

  • Hearing from notable guest speakers;
  • Participating in field trips;
  • Discussing weekly readings;
  • Reflecting over lunch.

At the end of the summer, fellows will work in interdisciplinary teams to design a collaborative project that addresses a community issue of their choosing.

Eligibility/Requirements

Applicants must be a rising junior or senior (current sophomore or junior) with a 3.0+ GPA. Preference is given to students in the Schools of Humanities & Social Sciences, Arts & Communication, and Business, as well as those possessing:

  • Leadership and/or civic engagement experience
  • Interest in social change
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Professionalism, commitment, curiosity, and creativity

Application Process

1. Complete the application form and essay HERE.
2. Submit your resume through the Summer Community Leaders LionsLink posting.
3. Have a faculty member provide a letter of recommendation. Choose a faculty member who can speak to your qualities as a student, as well as your ability to work independently and with a team, carry out projects to completion, and solve problems. Faculty members should submit letters of recommendation via e-mail to SCL@tcnj.edu (.pdf, .docx, or .doc) by March 10 at noon.

Applications must be submitted by March 10. Finalists will be invited to interview with CELR and Career Center staff along with non-profit internship supervisors between March 20-24. Fellows will be selected and notified by March 28.

Questions? Contact sibleya@tcnj.edu

 

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