As part of the School and Community Engagement program component, each NELA Fellow participates in an internship with a community organization during the summer between the first and second year. A partnership between NCSU NELA, NC State’s 4H and the Rural School and Community Trust designs and delivers the NELA summer community internship. The Fellows work with organizations which have a significant, positive impact on children in northeastern North Carolina. Through their summer community internship experience, Fellows learn about the vision, mission, and daily operations of the organization; better understand how community organizations can work in conjunction with schools and other institutions to meet critical needs; and gain a deeper appreciation for the assets in the community that can be leveraged to support students. In addition, Fellows work with other leaders in organizations to design a plan for a community-based, school-affiliated initiative that addresses local needs, and develop a viable grant proposal to support this initiative. No financial commitment from the organization is required. A number of grants have been funded from this work. In Part IV (Program Effectiveness) there is a detailed list of the grants that have been awarded. The most recently announced award was for over $300,000 for a STEM focus program at a middle school. The outcome of having funded grants is exciting as they benefit the communities and the schools and they demonstrate to NELA Fellows the power of community partnerships.
Cohort IV Summer Community Internships