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Summer Community Leaders

Applications for the 2019 Summer Community Leaders are now open. Application deadline extended to March 25, 2019 at 11:55 pm.

Application Process

The application consists of two components: an AmeriCorps application and a cover letter and resume submitted through Handshake.

The AmeriCorps application will require two written references.  One of these references must be a TCNJ faculty member. Choose someone 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.

Applications must be submitted and complete by March 25.  Finalists will be invited to interview with CELR and Career Center staff along with non-profit internship supervisors between April 1-5. Fellows will be selected and notified by April 12.

Questions? Contact SCL@tcnj.edu

Overview

The Summer Community Leaders program is a ten-week summer of service experience and collaborative learning community of 15 excellent TCNJ undergraduates. SCL fellows serve 30 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 $1,252.91 Segal Education AwardAs a group, they 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 ten non-profit organizations in Mercer County, impacting issue areas such as:

  • Education
    • Youth Literacy
    • College Access
    • Mentoring
  • Adult Education
    • Job Skill Training
    • ESL
  • Healthy Futures
    • Urban Gardening
    • Food Security

Placements for Summer 2019 include:

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.

Eligibility/Requirements

Applicants must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior with a 3.0+ GPA (graduating students may not apply). Preference is given to students possessing:

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

As a requirement of AmeriCorps/Corporation for National & Community Service, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States to apply.

Congratulations 2017 Summer Community Leaders! Meet our fellows here.

2017 SCL Fellows: Click here for a list of resources and links.

Congratulations to our 2018 Summer Community Leaders! Meet the team.

2018 SCL interns, click here for a list of resources and links.

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