Rutgers Summer Service Internship (RSSI) Initiative

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway sees civic engagement as a critical component of a Rutgers education and a path toward appreciating our differences, restoring civil discourse, and working in service to the common good. At his inauguration, President Holloway announced his vision for Scarlet Service. The first program planned under this umbrella is the Rutgers Summer Service Internship (RSSI) Initiative, run by the Eagleton Institute of Politics and the Rutgers-Camden Career Center, Rutgers-New Brunswick Office of Career Exploration and Success, Rutgers-Newark Career Development Center.

The initiative will provide meaningful summer internship experiences to Rutgers Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark undergraduate students at public service-orientated non-profit organizations and direct-service government offices while expanding their knowledge and skills to engage as active citizens.

The Rutgers Summer Service Internship Initiative provides selected students up to $5,000 stipend to complete a summer public service internship at non profit or direct-service government office. Students take a unique virtual course to apply their experience, expand career development skills, and build knowledge of civic engagement and the value of public service. RSSI students receive tuition remission to pay for the 3-credit asynchronous course and participate in a meet and greet and academic symposium events.

Public Service Leaders

Inauguration Speech excerpt from Rutgers President, Jonathan Scott Holloway:

“I believe that education, paired with public service, can do amazing things. And given the events of this past year in our political landscape I do not think it hyperbolic to say that education paired with public service can save democracy.”

“Earlier this year, I wrote in the New York Times about universal national service as a path to appreciating our differences and restoring civil discourse. I know from the responses I received that while many may be uncertain about a national program, people are aching for some sort of vehicle to improve the quality of our public conversation and culture. Education, of course, is where we start. When we provide a robust and challenging education to our students we are laying the foundation for a healthy civil discourse. It often feels, however, that this is not enough. I believe that education, paired with public service, can do amazing things. And given the events of this past year in our political landscape I do not think it hyperbolic to say that education paired with public service can save democracy.

Just as Rutgers is a leader when it comes to providing access to higher education to those from modest backgrounds, and just as Rutgers is a leader in terms of research productivity, I believe that Rutgers should be a leader in its commitment to public service. To that end, today I am announcing the creation of the Rutgers Summer Service initiative. This initiative will enable an annual cohort of our students to spend their second- or third-year summers in public service internships. Rutgers Summer Service students will work for non-profits, serve the broader community, and gain the opportunity to learn about people who are unlike themselves—who face different struggles and come from different backgrounds, countries, races, or religions. Participating in this program will make our students better citizens and our world a better place.”

Read Inauguration Speech excerpt

 

Learn More and Apply

What is the Rutgers Summer Service Internship Initiative?

Rutgers Summer Service Internship (RSSI) Initiative provides Rutgers select students from Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick with an opportunity to earn up to $5,000 while interning for a minimum of 200-hours over 10 weeks during the summer at a public service non-profit organization or direct-service government office. Students also participate in a concurrent virtual, asynchronous course designed to explore and engage with public service and build their career readiness and professionalism skills. RSSI students receive tuition remission to pay for the 3-credit course and participate in meet and greet and academic symposium events.

Who is Eligible to Apply

Current sophomores and juniors from Rutgers-Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark are eligible to APPLY NOW. Applicants must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be in good standing with the with their academic school and department. Applicants must also have the ability to travel to an internship site in New Jersey or in the tri-state area, and have a passion for community engagement and/or public service. Candidates may apply with a qualifying internship found on their own or participate in a matching process with pre-approved internship employers before final selections are determined.

Why Should I Apply

Stipends, experience, knowledge, scholarships, networking, and events!

Stipends and Experience: Students selected for RSSI receive up to $5,000 to complete a minimum of 200-hour hands-on summer internship in public service where they make a difference, contribute to solutions of societal problems, view American life from a fresh perspective, and develop a better understanding of their responsibilities as citizens. Rutgers stipends are paid in three installments to provide a steady stream of income upon satisfactory progress towards internship goals. Note: students are responsible for applicable taxes.

Knowledge and Scholarships: Accepted students participate in a concurrent virtual, asynchronous course designed to explore and engage with the topic of public service while building their career readiness and professionalism skills. Learn about communities, work and organizational culture, diversity and differences, professional skills, problem-solving, communication, and practice how to tell your story and share your experience. RSSI students also receive a scholarship to cover the expense of the 3-credit course.

Networking and Events: Meet talented students from across Rutgers University who have a passion for making the world a better place. Students selected for RSSI will participate in a kick-off meet and greet event in May with their families, President Holloway, and guest speakers from the world of public service. After their summer internship experience, students will share their stories and experience at a September symposium with the broader university community.

APPLY NOW for summer 2022 RSSI cohort. Application deadline is Monday, February 28. Apply here.