Community Scholars Program   

Now accepting applications for 2024!
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The Community Scholars Program (a paid internship) is committed to fostering the next generation of young professionals and building the capacity of our community development members in New Jersey. The Network seeks to engage upper-level college and graduate students interested in the policy and community development fields. We provide scholars an opportunity to be immersed within a project(s) and receive firsthand experience with some of the most impactful non-profit organizations in the state.

Our program matches students based on their career interests with one of the Network’s member organizations. Under the guidance and mentorship of their host supervisor, scholars build critical skills and gain professional development experience in areas such as planning, communications, fiscal management, problem-solving, and time management while working within one of the following disciplines:

  • Construction Management
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Supportive and Special Needs Housing
  • Client Support Programs
  • Fund Development
  • General or Project Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Project Planning
  • Public Health

The program uniquely integrates opportunities for students as they will also engage in networking and weekly professional development events that the Network provides, for example; advocacy training, introduction to proposal writing, and participation in a virtual Legislative Day or outreach. For Spring 2022 term, scholars are required to complete 150 hours with a member host organization. Scholars are also compensated with a stipend.

In response to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, we have adapted the format of the program to allow for scholars to participate in-person or virtually, as organizations address the changing needs and opportunities as our host sites return to their new normal.

For program inquires or a member organization interested in hosting a Community Scholar, contact Woodrow Prevard at [email protected]