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. Applications for 2018 summer positions are now closed, with the exception of Community Research Fellows (see below for application details).
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 email@example.com.
This program is a collaboration between Prof. Joseph Ewoodzie and Prof. Patrick Baron and the Center for Civic Engagement to provide students with community-based research/immersion opportunities. The Center for Social Concerns defines community-based research as "a collaborative effort between academic researchers and non-academy based community members that aims to generate social action and positive social change through the use of multiple knowledge sources and research methods. Ideally, the research questions originate from off-campus communities and the process involves meaningful participation by all partners in every stage of the research." The summer program will support a team of students and faculty to pursue research projects that are developed in collaboration with community members stemming from a spring Sociology course entitled "The Sociology of Beatties Ford Road". Students receive a $4,000 stipend and housing in Charlotte. Learn more and apply. Questions can be directed to Prof. Ewoodzie and Prof. Baron, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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 2018 list of partners beforehand in order to preference options and develop questions for Center staff. For reference, view the list of previous community engagement partners. For more information, contact Kristin Booher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two of the Nonprofit Leadership Fellow positions are made possible by the Cook family. These fellows will be intentionally placed with organizations that have Christian-based missions. One of the Nonprofit Leadership Fellow positions is made possible by the Class of '89 Fund.
Education Scholars is a nine-week summer program for Davidson students interested in driving change at every level of our education system. This program places six 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 2018 list of partners beforehand in order to preference options and develop questions for Center staff. For reference, view the list of previous partners and placements. 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.
The Roy Alexander Internship is an eight-week summer program established by Davidson Lands Conservancy, Dave and Elizabeth Martin, Sue Peck, and other friends and admirers in memory of Davidson Lands Conservancy founding Executive Director, Roy Alexander, Class of 1964. Interns will receive a summer stipend of $1,500 for 20 hours/week during the eight-week period. Interns will work directly with the Executive Director in the Davidson Lands Conservancy office on Main Street in Davidson. The program provides interns with the opportunity to learn about non-profit management through environmental conservation. Responsibilities include: fundraising (helping plan and execute our Run for Green event, donor management), research and development (accreditation procedures, grant research, database research), managing communications (sending out e-newsletters, helping create paper newsletter), records maintenance (managing easement documents, recording donations and creating reports in membership database), and involvement in conservation decision-making (participating in easement planning discussions, writing memos, and attending board meetings). There may be occasional field work on our conserved properties. Interns must be organized, flexible, independent, and self-motivated. For more information, contact Stacey Riemer at email@example.com.
Davidson Farmer's Market is offering a 12-week summer internship made possible through the generosity of the Robert T. Stone Fund. The summer months are an exciting time at the market as agricultural production is the highest and it is the market’s busiest and most profitable time. While working with dedicated community members and farmers from the surrounding counties, the market intern will explore the issues of environmental justice, food security, rural sustainability and community economies. The interns provide: market management support including volunteer recruitment; market set-up/take-down assistance; farmer check-ins and some administrative tasks. The interns also coordinate weekly events, such as food preparation and food advocacy workshops, and tackle major projects, including: researching parking solutions; expanding outreach to low-income families; increasing marketing reach; and expanding the volunteer base. Additionally the interns enhance social and educational programming, such as the “Growing Kids” program which helps local children sell their own produce, and they maintain a liaison role between the DFM and the Center for Civic Engagement, which in years past has been invaluable for classes with community-based learning components. Interns will work 36 hours a week for 12 weeks. Specific hours can be negotiated with the market manager but being present for Saturday markets is required. Interns receive a $3,700 educational award and summer living support via a grant through the Center for Civic Engagement. 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.