The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) hosts immersive project-based internships and fellowship programs with public and nonprofit organizations in the summer. Through the internships, community living and a shared curriculum, interns explore complex social issues and connect them to their academic experiences. All opportunities are in the Davidson/Charlotte area and include stipends and housing. Check back in December 2017 to apply for summer of 2018 opportunities. Once open, applications will be due Wednesday, January 31.
Interns will take leadership roles in the planning and implementation of Orientation/Welcome Week activities sponsored by the CCE, including Bonner Orientation, as well as the coordination of Service Odyssey. Each intern will lead one Service Odyssey session, leading a service trip of eight incoming first year students in the Charlotte/Lake Norman communities. Interns will work collaboratively with their co-trip leader to facilitate the service, education and reflection in each session. Interns will begin on June 19 and will work up to and on August 19 (the Saturday of new student orientation). Interns will receive $3,000 and on-campus housing. For more information, contact Kristin Booher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nonprofit Leadership Fellows program is a nine-week internship experience designed to build capacity within local not-for-profit organizations. Through a combination of direct service, community living and shared readings each intern will explore what it means to be an engaged and informed citizen as a member of a larger community. A staff member will meet weekly with the entire group to discuss learning and to share written pieces of critical inquiry. The internship will last for a period of nine weeks including orientation and training. Each intern will receive housing in Charlotte during the term of service and a $3,000 stipend. Internship placements will be assigned in accordance with learning objectives. Applicants selected for interviews will receive the 2017 list of partners beforehand in order to preference options and develop questions for Center staff. A list of previous partners is available on the Center for Civic Engagement website. For more information, contact Kristin Booher at email@example.com.
Cook Fellows are a part of the Nonprofit Leadership Fellows program and have the same expectations and benefits. These Fellows will be intentionally placed with organizations that have Christian-based missions. For more information, contact Kristin Booher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Scholars is a nine-week "Transition to Impact" summer program for Davidson students interested in driving change at every level of our education system. This program places eight students in immersive, project-based internships with local partners in and around the Charlotte education system. Through their internship, community living and shared readings each intern have the opportunity to explore and analyze complex issues in education. A staff member will meet weekly with the entire group to discuss learning and to share written pieces of critical inquiry. The internship will last for a period of nine weeks including orientation and training. Each intern will receive housing in Charlotte during the term of service and a $3,000 stipend. Applicants selected for interviews will receive the 2017 list of partners beforehand in order to preference options and develop questions for Center staff. A list of previous partners is available on the Center for Civic Engagement website. For more information, contact Katherine Bowser at email@example.com.
The Freedom Schools program was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and provides summer enrichment experiences for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, which fosters a love for reading, increases self-esteem, and generates positive attitudes toward learning. Servant Leader Interns take part in an in-depth training program prior to implementing a reading curriculum developed by the Children's Defense Fund. Through active learning experiences with children and daily debriefing meetings, interns develop a range of civic engagement skills in teaching, teambuilding, time management, public speaking, social action, negotiation and community building. Servant Leaders Interns receive a $3,000 scholarship and on-campus housing for the duration of the program. They also attend the National Ella Baker Child Policy Institute through the Children's Defense Fund at Haley Farm in Tennessee that is paid by the program. For more information, contact Stacey Riemer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Odyssey is an intensive community service experience for incoming first year students. Each session, a group of eight students participates in service projects throughout the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas while building community within the group through cultural outings, nightly meal preparation, reflection and group bonding activities. The Trip Coordinator will design and lead all three Service Odyssey sessions in addition to serving as the primary contact for the program, its participants and community partners. With fellow trip leaders, the Trip Coordinator will plan service projects, menus, evening reflections and enrichment activities for participants. The Trip Coordinator will receive a $1,750 stipend and on-campus housing for the duration of the program, with some additional remote work responsibilities required during the month of June. Applicants must have a valid drivers license and be certified (or willing to become certified) to drive a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) college van. CPR/First Aid Certification, service trip leader or participant experience and a desire to mentor first year students preferred. For more information, contact the Center for Civic Engagement.
The Service Odyssey trip leaders will participate in a brief training in the spring and will lead the third Service Odyssey session in the summer (Aug 4-17). The trip leader will receive $500 for the 10-day session. Because this responsibility begins in mid-August the trip leader can also participate in other summer experiences. For more information, contact the Center for Civic Engagement.