Student and Academic Life

Still Looking for an Internship? Paid Internship Opportunities Available

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is excited to share three programs that provide students with potential summer and 2021-2022 academic year paid internship opportunities. 

Summer Civic Leader Program

The first of these programs, the Summer Civic Leader Program, provides Federal Work-Study eligible students with the opportunity to work for eight paid hours per week with a community organization, nonprofit organization or government agency. These opportunities could be in Lexington or your hometown. In addition to the work you will complete through your internship, students will also attend professional development sessions, allowing them to grow both professionally and personally with a cohort of their peers. For more information on this program, please visit the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement website. Or, find the program application here.


The second summer internship program available to students is the AppalachiaCorps program. Through this program, students will engage in 16 hours of paid internship work at community organizations, nonprofit organizations or government agencies located in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. Students will also engage in professional development opportunities with a cohort of their peers. To explore this program further and express your interest in joining the AppalachiaCorps program, please visit the UK Appalachian Center’s website.

Community Scholars Program

Lastly, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement offers its Community Scholars Program to Federal Work-Study eligible students during the 2021-2022 academic year. This nine-month commitment allows students to fully engage with a community organization, nonprofit organization or government agency in a longer-term internship experience. Students will participate in professional development sessions and receive EXP 396 academic credit. For additional information on this program, please visit the Community Scholars Program page. The application for this program is now open. 

For questions on any of these student internship programs, please contact Amanda Royer

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