Graduate student Trevena Goulbourne spent a productive summer as an intern through the Community Fellows Program.

by Cecil Harris

“A great thing about the Community Fellows Program is you get to meet a lot of people in your field of interest and a lot of people outside your field.”–Trevena Goulbourne ’14

Trevena Goulbourne ’14 is an Adelphi University graduate student as prolific as she is ambitious.

Goulbourne is in the Scholar Teacher Education Program, in which students earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years in the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education. She has a B.A. in History with a minor in African, Black and Caribbean studies and should acquire her master’s degree in 2015. A Levermore Global Scholar, recipient of several academic scholarships and member of the honor societies Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Theta and Sigma Lambda, she has made the Dean’s List each year since 2010. Those distinctions, combined with a can-do spirit, earned her a Presidential Leadership Award.

By landing an internship through the Community Fellows Program this past summer, Goulbourne broadened her knowledge. The Laurelton, New York, native interned as an event marketer at the National Urban League (NUL)—the venerable civil rights organization founded in 1910—in New York City. She attended NUL’s 2014 convention in Cincinnati and met Rep. Charles Rangel (D–NY), and other members of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Goulbourne, who is pursuing an M.A. in Adolescent Education, also found a mentor in Shree Chauhan, NUL’s senior legislative manager for education and health policy.

“A great thing about the Community Fellows Program is you get to meet a lot of people in your field of interest and a lot of people outside your field,” Goulbourne said. “You have so many opportunities for networking.”

Networking is a prime benefit of the program—a competitive, paid summer internship for non-graduating students that is open to all majors and allows students to gain valuable experience in the nonprofit sector.

“The National Urban League has been a partner with us for all but the first year of the program,” said Bernadine Waller, M.A. ’10, assistant director of experiential learning in Adelphi’s Center for Career Development.

Community Fellows, which began in 2010, placed 60 students at nonprofit organizations last summer. Goulbourne said she is considering work toward a Ph.D. in Education after an internship experience that may well have been life changing.

“If I could be in the Community Fellows Program every year, I would definitely go for it,” she said. “You learn so much about yourself. One thing I learned is that I’m the only person who can limit myself, and I’m definitely not going to limit myself.”

This article appeared in the Career Compass Spring 2015 Newsletter.

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