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:
- To provide mentored internships that develop student skills in leadership and civic engagement, enhance the academic experience, and inform career goals;
- To build the capacity of non-profit organizations in Trenton and address community-identified needs.
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
- A Better Way
- Habitat for Humanity
- Isles, Inc.
- MidJersey Center for Economic Development
- New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
- One Simple Wish
- Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
- …and more!
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.
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
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.
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