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Paid Internship Opportunities: Summer Civic Leader Program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2022) — The application window is open for the Summer Civic Leaders (SCL) program. This program matches Federal Work-Study-eligible undergraduate students with paid internship opportunities at community organizations, school districts or government agencies for up to 8 hours a week over 10-12 weeks during the summer. Hourly rates are based on Federal Work-Study guidelines ($9.25/hour to $10/hour). These opportunities could be in Lexington or your hometown.

In addition to internship experience, students also participate in various professional and leadership development sessions throughout the summer. The program is looking for students who want to equip themselves to make a difference in their community.

The program can also help you identify internship opportunities wherever you may be living this summer.

Summer Civic Leaders is offered through the University of Kentucky Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, a unit housed in the Office for Student Success. The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement promotes service-learning and supports sustainable and meaningful civic engagement in teaching, learning and scholarship.

Please apply here. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 17.

For more information about SCL, visit the ServeLearnConnect website or reach out to Thomas Cantrell at

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