Levermore Global Scholars take classes at Adelphi while undertaking credited internships for 4-10 hours a week for a semester at community organizations. In order to earn credits, interns do some academic work to reflect upon their internship experience.
Why Community Internships?
LGS wants its Levermore Scholars to expand and strengthen their community bonds and civic engagement in local affairs. Through community internships the Levermore Scholars learn about the nature of specific local issues and explore the reasons for the emergence and persistence of social problems in a given community. This experience is crucial for the intellectual, social and personal growth of each Levermore Scholar.
Which Organizations and What is Required?
Levermore Scholars undertake community internships in various public, private and non-for-profit organizations in Long Island and NYC while taking courses at Adelphi. For the list of potential internship places click here. This type of internships requires a good deal of commitment to social activism and enthusiasm for helping others.
Credits & Time Commitment
Levermore Scholars earn between 1 to 3 credits for their community internship and are required to intern for 4-10 hours per week for a semester while taking courses at Adelphi. It may be possible to do less intensive internships or to work fewer weeks for more hours. A rough estimate is 1 Adelphi credit equals 50 hours of internship.
LGS community internship requirements include:
- submitting internship application documents (see below);
- filling out and signing LGS internship learning agreement (within a week after the start of the internship);
- submitting a list of questions that the internship is going to focus on and a short (300/400-word) internship description (within two weeks after the start of the internship);
- delivering multimedia internship presentation;
- submitting a summary of at least two informational interviews with employees at internship organization and/or persons that receive a specific service from the organization or submitting two reflections about the events that an intern participated in and/or co-organized as part of the internship responsibilities;
- writing a final internship essay focused on the subject(s) of the internship;
- meeting with the academic supervisor at Adelphi at least once every two weeks, submitting bi-weekly timesheets throughout the duration of the internship and handing in a final internship evaluation.
Community Internship Placement Process
A Levermore Scholar sends a complete application package as listed above to the LGS Director. After reviewing submitted documents the LGS Director forwards them to an appropriate internship organization that matches students’ profile or interest or has been identified by a scholar in the application form. The organization makes a final review and selection. Some organizations may also want to conduct an interview with a scholar in person or by phone.
In order to secure credited community internships Scholars are required to submit a complete internship application package that consists of
- application form (DOC 88KB) with a narrative section
- resume and
- one recommendation letter
Fall community internships - April 1
Spring community internships November 15
Summer community internships March 1
Organizations listed below have expressed an interest in hosting Levermore Scholars as interns. If available, scholars can view brief information about the organization and its internship opportunities by clicking on a specific link below. Scholars are also encouraged to visit organizations' websites to learn more about their work and specific projects. If interested in particular organization and/or internship the scholars should contact the LGS Administrative Director Peter DeBartolo.
The Levermore Scholars can suggest other non-profit organizations that are of interest to them, including ones with which they have volunteered.
Scholars are also encouraged to consult databases that include comprehensive lists of community-based internships available in non-profit, public and profit organizations on Long Island and in the NYC:
• Adelphi PantherZone - includes LGS-specific search engine
• 1-800 Volunteer.org