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Opportunity for In-Depth Community Work Experience

Posted: September 8, 2016

Applications for are due Friday, September 16, 2016, by 5:00 PM for the 2017 Scholarship, Sustainability, and Civic Engagement Program (SSCEP) cohort. SSCEP is a 7-credit immersive program for undergraduates which combines academics with professional experience in community development and civic engagement.

Looking to test-drive your interest in Community Development? The Scholarship, Sustainability, and Civic Engagement Program (SSCEP) is for you. SSCEP is 7-credit, three-semester (Spring, Summer, Fall) internship program that combines hands-on coursework and a summer internship in a Pennsylvania community.

SSCEP includes a 3-credit course during spring semester, focused on practical skills for working at the community level; a 1-credit internship during the summer, when the students work with local partners in their host community; and a 3-credit course in the fall, when students wrap up their summer projects, reflect on their summer experiences, and mentor the next cohort of students who will go to their community.

SSCEP students this past summer worked on:

  •  Huntingdon - Conducting background research and interviews as initial steps to develop a trail through several municipalities.
  • Lock Haven - Interviewing main street businesses to determine availability of retail and building space for downtown development.
  • McKees Rocks - Developing a draft strategic plan to help the community address critical local food access and nutrition issues.
  • New Castle - Documenting community issues related to abandoned buildings.
  • Philadelphia - Interviewing urban farmers to identify their needs and using this information to create a resource for potential new urban farmers.

The combination of academic coursework and community immersion to use those skills is unique and provides students valuable experience.

To learn more and apply check out the SSCEP website http://aese.psu.edu/students/sscep

Submitted by Tim Kelsey (tkelsey@psu.edu)