Civic Engagement Scholars
Carlos Gonzalez '14E, a Political Science major, interned for the Midwest Academy, a community organizing training institute. Gonzalez was charged with organizing the Brighton Park community around a proposed budget cut that would have eliminated the neighborhood's violence prevention funding. Gonzalez felt empowered by his internship. "If we get enough people together, then our elected officials are going to eventually respond to our concerns. There's power in numbers."
The Civic Engagement Scholars program (CES) is a funded summer internship program. Students find their own internship opportunity and then apply to become a Civic Engagement Scholar. Accepted students receive:
- Support throughout the entire internship process: pre-departure to end of summer evaluation
- A stipend to cover the cost of living expenses
- Structured reflection about their experience
The program is able to offer internship stipends through the generous support of the Argosy Foundation, John Abele ’59, and many other generous alumni.
Civic Engagement Scholars have turned their summer internship experiences into honor theses, special topics courses, and careers. Students in the CES program have found the opportunity to connect their academic lives with the hands-on experiences of internships to be fundamentally transformative.