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Summer Community Leaders

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

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

Applications for the 2018 Summer Community Leaders are now open. Applications will be accepted until March 9, 2018 at 11:55pm.

NOTE: The deadline for faculty recommendations has been extended until Tuesday, March 13. Please complete your Qualtrics by March 9 to ensure your recommender has sufficient time to submit.


Informational sessions will be held in the Career Center on the following dates:

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5:00pm

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 12:00pm

RSVP to an info session now!


The Summer Community Leaders program is a ten-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 $1,222 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.


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

  • Literacy
  • Health and food security
  • Economic opportunity
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Community development and planning
  • Housing security
  • Family and youth

Summer 2018 community partners:


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 sophomore, junior, or senior with a 3.0+ GPA (graduating students may not apply). 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

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.

Application Process

1. Complete the application form and essay.
2. Identify a faculty member to submit a letter of recommendation. 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. Faculty members will be e-mailed a link to the Qualtrics recommendation form after you submit your application.
3. Submit your resume and cover letter through the Summer Community Leaders LionsLink posting. The posting is listed as “Summer Community Leaders Community-Based Internship Program” (listing #1313439).

Applications must be submitted by March 9. Finalists will be invited to interview with CELR and Career Center staff along with non-profit internship supervisors between March 23-29. Fellows will be selected and notified by April 4.

Questions? Contact

Congratulations 2017 Summer Community Leaders! Meet our fellows here.

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