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Bonner Summer Internships


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Presented at the 2013 New Bonner Directors and Coordinators Orientation.

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Bonner Summer Internships

  1. 1. Placing Your Students in Summer of Service Internships Creating a developmental summer experience for your Bonners
  2. 2. • Description • Planning • Management • Capturing the Summer • Resources • Other Summer of Service Models • Reflections What We’ll Cover
  3. 3. Description
  4. 4. Summer Service Description • Full-time • At least seven (7) weeks • 280 hours (300 hours for AmeriCorps) • Include financial compensation (stipend, Education Award, etc). Summer placements are;
  5. 5. Summer Service Expectations • Bonner Scholars • Required to do at least two Summer of Service • Bonner Leaders • Summer of Service strongly encouraged (some programs will require; find additional funds)
  6. 6. Summer Service: Types of Placements First Summer Close to home or school, commuting to familiar site Second Summer More intensive, perhaps living in a new area Third Summer Making career connections, potentially going abroad Summer of Service- Types of Placements
  7. 7. Summer Service: How it Fits in with Student Development •Continuing service and development beyond school year •Serving in a full-time capacity • Skill-building - Personal: Reflection, Goal Setting, Time Management - Leadership: Working with Diverse Groups, Teamwork - Professional: Networking, Resume-Building, Career Connections
  8. 8. Summer Service: Potential for Life Changing Experience • Local, national, and international experiences • Networking • Career building • Skill-building
  9. 9. Planning
  10. 10. Summer of Service How to Plan for the Summer Timeline Jan/Feb • Summer Service Packet handed out; Bonners research on site options, discuss interests in one-on-one meetings March/Apr • Summer Service Application due • Bonner Coordinator contacts summer service sites to confirm placement May • Bonner Scholar Summer Earning Stipends disbursed June • Summer CLAs due August • Summer Hour Logs/Site Evaluations due September • Bonner Scholar Summer Service Earning Stipends disbursed • Discuss summer service experience in first class or monthly meeting • Add new service sites and student reflections to the Summer Service Binder
  11. 11. Summer of Service Sample Forms Site Approval Form - Part I: Summer Service Information Sheet - Part II: Summer Site Validation Checklist - Part III: Summer Service Placement Application Site Evaluation Form Reflection Guide
  12. 12. Summer Transition Procedure ‣ Enter Future Semester Start Dates ‣ Enter Partners, Position Descriptions, and T&raining and Enrichments for the Summer ‣ Schedule a call with Foundation staff The Bonner Web-Based Reporting System (BWBRS) system enables us to get a sense of community partners in our network, the intensity and variety of Bonner student placements, and the types of training and enrichment activities that enhance students' service and learning goals You will want to make sure the following steps happen before your students leave for their summer of service internships.
  13. 13. Management
  14. 14. Managing Your Summer Community Learning Agreements CLAs are written by the student to describe their specific position activities for that particular term As a coordinator you want to make sure that this completed by each student who has a summer placement E-Signatures An electronic method for site supervisors, campus administrators, and Foundation staff to review and approve student hours As a coordinator you will need to ensure that all site supervisors are set up to review and approve student hours Creating Partner Evaluation Forms Document used to measure the partnership over the summer, great for assessment and setting expectations for next summer’s placement
  15. 15. Capturing the Summer
  16. 16. Summer of Service Student Reflections • Reflections • All-Bonner: bridging summer service experiences with advocacy and awareness in campus and community • Class-Based: conversations relative to their place in the student development model • One-on-One: mapping out how to connect their summer service to their traditional service site and relevant training & enrichment opportunities
  17. 17. Resources
  18. 18. Summer of Service Bonner Partner Wiki Page
  19. 19. Summer of Service - Resources
  20. 20. Summer of Service Your School Career Services
  21. 21. Other Summer of Service Models
  22. 22. Bonner Summer Fellowship Program Pilot in 2012, Expand in 2013
  23. 23. From Passion to Profession create a professional and collaborative network for students , alumni, and participating nonprofits; leverage the knowledge, skills, and resources of our alumni network in the personal and professional development of our current students; provide a capstone opportunity for our network’s most talented students and a pipeline for partner organizations; and serve as a model for high-level public service fellowships across our network. The Bonner Fellowship Program places Bonner Students in summer internships with national partner organizations and alumni with the mission to:
  24. 24. Summer Fellowship Cities 2013
  25. 25. Lessons Learned for a Successful Summer • As you think about building the summer of service experience for your students consider the two elements: ‣Bonner Alumni Support ‣Meaningful Educational Support
  26. 26. Bonner Alumni Support With more than 6,000 graduates of the program, this initiative wants to leverage the knowledge and expertise of alums to become a resource to current students. Mobilizing Alumni Support First, start with the alumni database and look for alumni who currently live in your city. You can connect with your Alumni Office on campus for a complete list Second, use social network websites like LinkedIn and Facebook where a large volume of our alumni are active to spread the word Third, connect with Foundation staff for any additional alumni lists
  27. 27. Creating Meaningful Educational Support These opportunities are structured for fellows to continue on with their learning that expands past the academic calendar. Building and broadening Fellows’ perspective of their eco-social context, inspire civic engagement, develop leadership potential. Best Practices To Consider: Formulate, a training sequence where you seek the expertise of community partners, students, or alumni to help facilitate Develop, innovative small group projects with a focus on your local areas most pressing issues to provide further awareness Organize, weekly or bi-weekly social gathers with a reflection component
  28. 28. Questions and Reflections
  29. 29. The Philadelphia Center provides experiential education programs for undergraduate students that put into practice the liberal arts mission by integrating multidisciplinary seminars, comprehensive advising, and substantial internship opportunities in the context of an urban environment. The Philadelphia Center Michael Edmondson Rosina Miller