Lawrence Scholars in Civic Engagement

Internships and volunteer opportunities provide a valuable opportunity to network and gain experiential knowledge and explore potential career paths. Civic engagement is described as working in communities to make a difference by applying one’s knowledge, skills, values and motivation to have a positive impact. Lawrence Scholars in Civic Engagement (LSCE) is a program designed for students who are interested in exploring work in civic engagement, including: not-for-profit, education, social impact, cultural and political advocacy and the arts through an internship or volunteer opportunity.

Lawrence has developed partnerships with multiple organizations to offer internships that provide an award to support you in your co-curricular pursuits. You will have the opportunity to apply for pre-identified internships with a number of organizations such as Carnegie Hall, KIPP Academy, Bread for the World and others! Also, if you have self-identified an internship or volunteer opportunity in civic engagement as described above, you are eligible to apply for financial support through the LSCE program.

Deadline for funded internships is February 23, 2018 and for self-identified internships or service projects is April 7, 2018.


Available Funded Internships


The below are experiential learning opportunities, including internships and fellowships, which have money specifically set aside to fund a Lawrence student at their organization. Apply here for any of these internships!


Merit School of Music (Summer 2018)
At Merit, our students, who come from every income level and every corner of Chicago, have the rare opportunity to learn together, dream together, teach each other, and broaden horizons while building inspiring lives through music. The main focus of the Merit School internship will be to help and support the Merit library staff. Additionally, the internship will include a number of hours each week providing support in the student services area.
Award: $5,000 Website:

Lyric Opera of Chicago (Summer 2018)
Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region
and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera. This internship will provide the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in preparation for Lyric’s 2018/19 season. This position will assist all major areas of Development, including Donor Records and Reporting, Annual and Planned Giving, Individual Giving, Institutional Partnerships, Women’s Board, Chapters Executive Board/Chapters, Guild Board, Ryan Opera Center Board, and Lyric Young Professionals.
Award: $5,000 Website:

Ensemble Español Dance Company (Summer 2018)
In residence at Northeastern Illinois University of Chicago, Ensemble Español is the premier Spanish dance company in the United States.  Ensemble Español is offering an internship for any of six available internships (see below link) based on the students interest and organizations need.
Award: $5,000 Website:

Deep Listening Institute (Summer 2018)
The student intern will work at the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer. The internship will include work as a teaching assistant for a course on Deep Listening, working in the Center's extensive archives, and bringing Deep Listening practice into schools. Other opportunities will be dictated by the current needs of the Center.
Award: $5,000 Website:

New York Jazz Academy (Summer 2018)
Alumnus Javier Arau ‘98 is offering an internship at New York’s fastest growing music school. Javier Arau ’98 will integrate the student directly into his administration and engage the intern in strategic planning for his expanding organization. Pending NYJA faculty approval, the intern may have the opportunity to work in a teaching capacity during summer intensive workshops for younger age groups.
Award: $5,000 Website:

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (Summer 2018)
This position is to provide general assistance and administrative support for the Community Programs team in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the education and community arm of one of the leading music presenters in the world. The student intern will work with a dedicated staff to help prepare for the season which will include more than 100 events across three different programs.
Award: $5,000 Website:

Bread for the World: Leota Ester P’78 Fellow Fund (Summer 2018)
The Leota Ester Fellow P’78 Fund will provide one student with a summer internship at Bread for the World. The student must be comfortable working within a faith-based organization and demonstrate commitment to learning how policy is influenced through the legislative process.
Award:: $5,000 Website:

Lincoln Park Zoo Research Fellowship (Full-Time, One Year) ***Graduating Seniors ONLY
The Research Fellow will gain valuable hands-on experience by assisting with various field and on-grounds research projects aimed at understanding urban ecology, how wildlife use cities, and how to ensure that wildlife and people can coexist in urban areas.  The Fellow will be working with scientists from the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute and Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology.
Award: $13/hour for 35 hours/week Website:

KIPP Academy – Lynn, MA (December Term ONLY)
Spending time at these schools will provide Lawrence students interested in education careers with several important takeaways, including exposure to an innovative system of education, experience with education of inner-city children from diverse minority backgrounds, and observation of various teaching styles and techniques.
Award: Housing, food and daily transportation to and from the internship site will be provided by Susie '72 and John Kane. Website:



Funding for Other Internships

If you have secured an internship in civic engagement on your own and need funding to support your experience you can apply through LSCE for the below funds to support the internship.


Previous internship sites which have been supported through funding include:

Bridge Fund
Through the generosity of the Lawrence University Alumni Association (LUAA) Board of Directors, the Bridge Fund will support non-profit unpaid internships.

Betty Heistad Barrett ’55 Fund for Excellence in Civic Service
The Betty Heistad Barrett ’55 Fund for Excellence in Civic Service provides students funding to participate in unique and valuable opportunities to learn, explore and grow as individuals while serving the non-profit community.

John & Barbara Knapp P’89 Fund for Career Exploration and Development
The John & Barbara Knapp P’89 Fund for Career Exploration and Development will support programs and initiatives designed to expand and enhance students’ understandings of career options. The fund will support experiential opportunities for individual students including externships, informational interviews and internships in a variety of fields. 

Jonathan Bauer ’83 Fund for Career Exploration and Development
The Jonathan Bauer ’83 Fund for Career Exploration and Development will support programs and initiatives designed to expand and enhance students’ understandings of career options. The fund will support experiential opportunities for individual students including externships, informational interviews and internships in a variety of fields. 


Funding for Service Projects

For service projects which you have created or discovered on your own and need funding to support the experience you can apply through LSCE for the below funds to support the volunteer experience.


Previously funded service projects include:

  • Hunter Dowds '19 - Hunter will be returning to Bir, a small village of Tibetan refugees, to provide immediate support to several tibetan schools in and around the village proper via hands-on-instruction in science, and to establish the groundwork for a long term rabies prevention project. He will teach math, science, and English at monasteries in the area and continue to develop a relationship with physicians at the local Delek hospital and DAR, Dharamsala Animal Rescue.
  • Julian Cohen '18 - Julian’s project is to research, compile, and write a “toolkit” or some sort of guide that other activist groups looking to do work in sexual assault and domestic violence work can use to start similar groups of their own. He will be doing research into similar organizations that built themselves into national groups. Julian will be writing suggestions for how to shape their group, as well as drawing on the research he has done to provide a general framework for how to form a group and what steps to take to begin engaging with the community.

Click here to find out more information about previously funded opportunities. 

The John and Mary Poulson Student Development Fund
Established in 1993, this fund supports well-defined student service projects that address social injustice or raise awareness of grave social ills.  Grants from the Poulson Fund can be used for stipends, travel expenses, and direct costs associated with projects.  

Summer Volunteer Opportunity Grant (SVOG)
Sponsored by the Volunteer and Community Service Center (VCSC), provides financial assistance for students participating in service projects as learning experiences during the summer months. SVOG funding is available to assist with the practical expenses for service projects. Because the VCSC recognizes the financial demands of a Lawrence University education, part of the funding is also intended to offset the opportunity cost of a summer spent engaged in volunteer and service work. Although the grant itself helps to remove financial barriers to summer service, the SVOG program also seeks to enhance and develop the individual student learning imperative as well as the Lawrence community’s broader understanding of service. To that end, recipients are encouraged to link service work and academic inquiry and expected to engage themselves and the campus community in a consideration of social, legal, political, and other issues pertinent to their service project.

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