The CCCE’s Community Engaged Fellowships are break-time opportunities dedicated to fostering sustainable and equitable change through focused projects and short-term positions. Hosted in collaboration with a wide range of community partners and ACE faculty, these Fellowships are an opportunity for students to support community-driven work on vital issues, gain professional experience, and explore career options.
The CCCE works with our community partners to develop and recruit for these work opportunities, and hiring and supervising is handled directly by the organization. Current open positions can be found on The Tunnel by searching “CCCE.” Fellows are also eligible for living stipends and participate in additional professional development activities facilitated by the Career Center.
Carleton Student Organic Farm Internship
About Carleton Student Farm
The Carleton Farm, a student-run organic farm, strives to grow food in sustainable and experimental ways. All of our produce goes to the dining halls.
- Contacts: Tali Emlen ’22 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Astrid Steiner Manning ’22 (email@example.com); or David Hougen-Eitzman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Location: On Campus
Students operate a 1.5 acre farm that uses organic techniques. It boasts drip irrigation and a hoop house, among other innovations. The produce is sold to our dining halls and the profits pay summer farm interns.
The Carleton Student Farm is a 1.5-acre student-run farm located just north of the Carleton Recreation Center near Farm House. Each year, two new interns are chosen to plan the season, cultivate, and sell produce to the dining halls. The Carleton Student Farm Internship provides a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable farming practices by managing an organic farm on your own. As a farm intern, you must be prepared to contribute a lot of time and energy before, during, and after the growing season. Interns will also attend the yearly MOSES conference (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service). This is the largest event about organic and sustainable farming in the U.S. and it brings together over 3400 farmers.
The summer internship is a paid 40 hour/week position for 11 weeks, but the farm interns’ responsibilities extend into the entire calendar year. Winter and Spring Term, this involves attending meetings, mapping out the farm, ordering seeds, and starting to plant. Advisor David Hougen-Eitzman and previous farm interns will guide you through this process. During the summer, your time will be spent planting, weeding, harvesting, and selling produce to Bon Appetit.
Fall Term responsibilities include harvesting, organizing Farm Club volunteer days, preparing the land for winter, and getting ready to hire and train next year’s interns. This internship requires an immense amount of responsibility and commitment. It is perfect for anyone looking to challenge themselves and to learn about farming, business management, education and self-discipline. Did we mention it is very fun? Because it is SO fun.
There are very few internships where you are given an acre of land and YOU are the engine behind the operation. Applications for the coming harvest season are available in the end of Fall term, hiring happens in the beginning of Winter term.
The 2020 Carleton Social Justice Internships
About the Program
Carleton’s Social Justice Internships were established in 2007 to provide financial support to students pursuing unpaid or low-paying summer internships or training programs in organizations promoting social justice and structural change in the United States. The Social Justice Internships now fund approximately 15 students to work with designated Community Partner organizations focusing on public health, law, community organizing and activism, housing, and community development.
The Community Partners have been selected as they have a proven record of offering meaningful internships, allowing students to gain experience, explore a field as a possible career, live out their personal commitments and values, and meld their academic studies with civic engagement. The grants are used to support a student’s travel and living expenses during the internship (up to $4,500 each) and are awarded competitively by a selection committee. Students from all class years are eligible to apply for the Community Partner internships, including graduating seniors.
Establishing learning goals, participating in a summer reflection blog, and a short reflection essay after the internship are required, and for those on campus in the fall, there is a “bring back” poster session. The program is administered by the Chaplain’s Office in conjunction with the Career Center.
How to Apply
A developing list of Community Partner opportunities is posted in the Tunnel and as a related document at the top of this page.
Community Partner Applications are due by 11:59pm on March 2, 2020. All class years should apply through the Tunnel.
The selected intern(s) will then apply for funding by 11:59pm on April 6, 2020. First years, sophomores, and juniors should apply through the Tunnel; seniors through the Chaplain (cfureslo).
In evaluating proposals, the Social Justice Internship selection committee looks at both the proposed internship and at the student, and asks the following questions:
- How does the work of the organization and/or the work of the internship fit with the student’s academic pursuits and/or vocation and career goals for the future?
- Has the student made the case for his or her genuine interest in the sector of the internship?
- What are the student’s desired outcomes for learning, skill building, and personal growth and do they appear to be a good match for the internship position?
- Is the application presented in a thoughtful and thorough way?
In establishing the Carleton Social Justice Internship program, the families of Mike Casper, Paul and Sheila Wellstone, Clem Shearer, and the donors to the Interfaith Social Action Fund and the Broom Fund for Social Justice, hope that dedicated, socially concerned Carleton students will have greater opportunity to enact their ideals, learn through community engagement, explore career paths, and have a positive impact on the wider world.
Barry “Mike” Casper, professor emeritus of physics at Carleton and a leading figure in the peace movement, died on January 27, 2007. Along with close friend and faculty colleague Paul Wellstone, Casper chronicled the story of the 1970s struggles of western Minnesota farmers to oppose a high voltage powerline in the book, Powerline: The First Battle of America’s Energy War (University of Massachusetts Press, 1981). Never ones to observe from the ivory tower, the duo became central figures, along with a number of their students, in the highly charged protest movement.
Casper later became a key strategist in Wellstone’s 1990 U.S. Senate campaign and his policy adviser in Washington. The experience informed his final book, Lost in Washington: Finding the Way Back to Democracy in America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000).
As a professor, Casper co-created Carleton’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy program and supervised annual policy projects in which students were confronted with pressing societal problems—nuclear weapons proliferation, the AIDS epidemic, a national energy strategy, health care reform—and charged with solving them. Throughout his teaching, Casper put the ideals of equality, sustainability, and social justice into action.
Senator Paul and Sheila Wellstone, along with six others, died in a plane crash on October 25, 2002. Wellstone was first elected to the United States Senate in 1990 and became an outspoken advocate for many social justice issues and a leading voice for liberal Democrats. His book, Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda (Random House, 2001), still helps to shape the progressive agenda. His wife Sheila played a critical role in all of Paul’s campaigns and was known for her influential work in issues regarding domestic violence.
A professor of political science at Carleton for 21 years, Wellstone, like Casper, was known for using his professorship as a successful platform for tangible, ground-level social change. Students in introductory political science classes taught by Wellstone found themselves not only challenged to think about issues of poverty and inequality but actually knocking on doors throughout Rice County in an effort to organize around local issues of fairness. Wellstone described this work in his How the Rural Poor Got Power: Narrative of a Grass Roots Organizer (University of Massachusetts Press, 1978).
Clement F. Shearer was Carleton’s Dean for Budget and Planning and Professor of Geology when he died in 1998. Before coming to Carleton, Shearer had a distinguished career in government service, first as a congressional science fellow, then as director of the national hazards program at the U.S. Geological Survey, providing analysis and early warnings for volcanoes, earthquakes and other geologic dangers. He began his tenure at Carleton as the Bernstein Geologist in residence, taught a popular seminar in hydrology in the Geology Department, and became one of the most admired and respected administrators of the College.
In addition to his contributions to the planning and management of the College, Shearer continued to be a strong advocate of community service. He was a dedicated volunteer leader in many Northfield activities, held several positions on the Board of Directors of the Greater Minneapolis Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and served as advisor to a number of national organizations. In recognition of his unusual ability to guide individuals through conflict resolution, the Clement F. Shearer Fund for Achieving Common Ground was established through gifts received in his memory.
The Interfaith Social Action Endowed Fund was established in 2008 to provide support for programs and activities related to the intersection of faith and social action through the Carleton College Chaplain’s Office. The fund has become an important source of support for the Carleton Social Justice Internship Program as well as the activities of the Carleton Interfaith Social Action Group.
The Broom Fund for Social Justice was established in 2013 by Dorothy Broom ’66 to help to build the capacity of students to engage in the important issues of our time. Dr. Broom, Professor Emerita at the National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health at the Australian National University and a Carleton International Trustee since 2001, hopes that through internships in social justice organizations, students will gain knowledge, skills, and vital experience as they deepen their learning, make contributions toward a more just and peaceful society, and explore career options.
Summer Arboretum Employment
About Summer Arboretum Employment
Each summer the Carleton Arboretum hires five students for the Summer Arb Crew. If you enjoy spending a lot of time outside, and are willing to do physical work outdoors for extended periods, this internship is for you!
- Contacts: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: Northfield, On Campus
Each summer the Carleton Arboretum hires five students for the Summer Arb Crew. If you enjoy spending a lot of time outside, and are willing to do physical work outdoors for extended periods, this internship is for you! As a summer Arb Crew member you can expect to be spending most of each day outside doing invasive plant eradication, trail maintenance, seed collecting, planting and watering, and monitoring of plant and animal populations. Summer Arb Crew members work under the supervision of Arboretum Manager Matthew Elbert.
Summer PLUS and Summer BLAST
About Summer PLUS, Summer BLAST
Summer PLUS and Summer BLAST provide instruction and programming for Northfield students in grades K-5 and 6-8 respectively. Interns assist with instruction and lead enrichment activities.
- Contacts: [insert email]
- Location: Northfield, On Campus
About Summer STEAM
The Faribault Summer STEAM program helps 1st-8th grade students improve their reading, math, and digital literacy skills through hands-on enrichment activities. Interns lead instruction and more.
- Contacts: [insert email]
- Location: Faribault
Summer PLUS, Summer BLAST: Summer PLUS and Summer BLAST provide instruction and programming for Northfield students in grades K-5 and 6-8 respectively. Students receive academic instruction in the morning to help them catch up with their peers in areas where they may have fallen behind. In the afternoon, the program aims to support students’ social and emotional needs through enrichment activity clubs led by college faculty, student interns or community organizations.
Help close the opportunity gap by providing instruction and creative programming for Northfield middle school students. In the morning, students receive academic instruction to help them catch up with their peers in areas where they may have fallen behind. In the afternoon, students come to Carleton for enrichment activity clubs led by college faculty, Carleton interns, and community organizations. Carleton students are employed by the Northfield School District. Apply here, reference job number 2394!
Summer STEAM: Faribault Summer STEAM is a summer program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The program helps students improve their reading, math, and digital literacy skills and provides students with a number of hands-on enrichment activities that they don’t have access to during the school year. Both part-time and full-time internships are available. Interns have various responsibilities including leading instruction and activities and helping to create lesson plans. To apply, click here!
Community-Based Work Study
In collaboration with the CCCE, local nonprofits offer off campus Community Based Work Study positions to eligible Carleton students. Work Study is a state- and federally-funded program that supports part-time employment for eligible students and is awarded as part of the student’s financial aid package.
These employment opportunities foster partnerships between Carleton and community organizations with our students serving as the bridge. The CCCE works with our community partners to develop and recruit for these work opportunities, and hiring and supervising is handled directly by the organization.
Community Based Work Study positions provide many benefits to community partners and students alike. By hosting Carleton students, organizations gain additional staff capacity and further thei engagement with the Carleton student community. Through these roles, students are able to contribute in direct and meaningful ways to our community partners’ work while they simultaneously gain professional experience, develop skills and build relationships with community members.
Students eligible for Federal Work-Study qualify to earn a portion of their work award through work as a Northfield Reads and Counts Tutor. Northfield Reads and Counts is a local implementation of two national educational initiatives (America Reads and America Counts) seeking to involve community members in helping children develop critical reading and mathematics skills. Northfield Reads & Counts works to connect the expertise, energy and resources of Carleton College students with Northfield Public Schools students. Tutors provide homework help and build relationships with students.
Tutors are expected to commit to a weekly tutoring schedule at one or more of the Northfield Public Schools. Tutors can work in classrooms with individuals or with small groups, in study halls, or in after-school programs providing one-on-one homework help. Tutors work with students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year.
This program creates partnerships between Carleton and community organizations with our students serving as the bridge. This establishes an important component of engagement between students, the community, and Carleton. These positions familiarize students in capacity building in non-profits, direct service in the school district or program development/facilitation.
Work Study is a state- and federally-funded program that supports part-time employment for eligible students. The work study award is part of the student’s financial aid package.
These work-study opportunities are all off-campus positions.
- Students must have a federal or state work study award to be eligible for off-campus work study opportunities.
- The hourly wage is $11.25 beginning June 11, 2019.
- Students are allowed to work only during the academic year. The academic year does not include breaks.
- Complete the online application (see form below).
- Your application will be reviewed and forwarded to the organization you indicate on the application.
- Complete an application for each job posting in which you are interested if applying for more than one position.
- The organization will contact you based on your qualification/experience for an interview. Hiring time frame will vary for different organizations.
- The organization will contact the applicant and the Work Study Coordinator of the selected candidate for the position.
- Once a position has been offered and accepted, the student is required to meet with the Work Study Coordinator to complete the mandatory paperwork and review procedures before beginning work.
What to expect after you apply:
- Once a student accepts employment with a community organization, it is mandatory to make an appointment and meet with the Work Study Coordinator.
- Student will complete and submit two required forms, I-9 and W-4, to be completed through Human Resources. These forms can be obtained in Human Resources (Strong House).
- The Work Study Coordinator will provide a hired student with materials and information, such as time sheets, payroll schedules, and transportation options.
- We will discuss expectations, professionalism, and accountability as a student working with and for community partners.
- Part of a student’s role is to establish communication with the Work Study Coordinator. This is an important component of the campus community service program and effort.
Open Fellowships for Summer 2021ccan be found on Handshake.
What attributes could make a meaningful Summer Internship?
Summer Internships allow students to gain experience, explore possible career paths, live out their personal values, and weave together their education at Carleton with community and civic engagement.
- Learn about and from community partner
- Understand community partner frameworks, stakeholders, audiences
- Explore organizational structure and development
- Attend meetings with stakeholders, other invested parties
- Provide opportunities to lead and manage projects or programs
- Plan, develop, implement, evaluate projects or programs
- Analyze project stakeholders, those impacted by projects or programs
- Create opportunities to supervise volunteers
- Transition project management, ensuring continuity of projects or programs
- Communicate the work and values of the community partners to campus stakeholders and future Summer Interns
- Collaborate with professionals inside and outside of the community partner
- Build strong, meaningful relationships with community partners
- Translate knowledge, skills, and interests learned in the classroom to support community partner projects/programs