The Center for Leadership and Involvement and the Department of Communication invite you to participate in an exciting and unique internship opportunity in community development! In the fall of 2013, we will join forces to create Communiversity Relations: Student Leadership, Media, and Civic Partnerships, a program that unites college students and community members to build dialog, partnerships, and action plans.
How Does Communiversity Relations Work?
We are building community leadership teams in three focus areas: arts and culture, economic growth and development, and agriculture and natural resources. Students will self-select into their topic areas at the beginning of the fall semester. Once in their groups, students will select their issue and then meet the community and University members of their leadership teams.
Each team will investigate its issue, meet with community experts and organizations, and draw from their personal and academic experiences at Clarion to come up with creative ways to address their problem. Community leadership teams will also travel to towns that have faced and successfully addressed similar issues, where they will meet and work with consultants to find out what ideas and processes worked in those areas.
Upon their return, the leadership teams will work with community members to determine what ideas and solutions would be most fitting in our community. The teams will build action plans, including short term and long term goals, budget and financial support, staffing and volunteer commitments, and a project maintenance plan. Once the plans are complete they will be shared and presented with the University and community.
Each step of the way, students in a Newswriting class will use written reports and photographs to document processes and progress. They will attend meetings, interviews, and site visits and use journalistic techniques to record this information. At the end of the program, these students will write, edit and publish a “special report” in The Clarion Call, sharing the work of the leadership teams when their plans are developed.
What are the students learning?
This internship program is sponsored by a High Impact Practice Innovation Grant, and is closely tied to learning outcomes in each of the four essential categories. As a result of participating in this internship program, students can expect to gain experience in:
Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
Teamwork, problem solving, and leadership
Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global
Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies.
In addition to the learning outcomes established for the Communiversity Relations program, students will design outcomes of their own that tie their academic major to the program. This can be done in conjunction with their academic or faculty advisor.
The students will work in one of the three topic areas: arts and culture, economic growth and development, or agriculture and natural resources. Each team will have its own problem set, and the content of their experience will be different. Community members, faculty members, and other members of the University staff will work with the leadership teams to help them find the information they need to develop their solutions.
What is the workload expected to be for the interns?
Participants in the Communiversity Relations program should expect to work an average of 9-10 hours per week throughout the fall 2013 semester. At least two of those hours will be spent in group meetings. Interns from all three teams will meet as a large group once a week; on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in 246 Gemmell Student Center. Students should also anticipate at least one meeting for their leadership team during the week. Those meeting times will be determined by the members of the leadership teams.
Students will take a 3 day service trip during the course of the semester as a part of their internship experience. The trip will be within a 4-5 hour radius of the Clarion campus, and will more than likely be scheduled as a Friday-Sunday excursion.
Who can apply for the Communiversity Relations internship?
Communiversity Relations welcomes students from all majors, and will be more successful with a diverse spectrum of participants. Interns may participate in a for-credit or not-for-credit capacity. Students taking the internship for credit should apply for 3 credits, and should make arrangements for a faculty advisor through their academic major or department. Candidates must have achieved junior or senior level academic status, and preference will be given to students who have earned a 3.0 or higher GPA. Interested students will need to submit a short application and submit their resume to the Center for Leadership and Invovlement.
For more information about the internship program, or discuss your potential involvement, email Kelly Ryan in the Center for Leadership and Involvement. If you would like to find out more about the Newswriting component, enroll in the Newswriting course, or discuss the feature publications, please email Laurie Miller in the Department of Communication.