About Civic Engagement

What is Civic Engagement?

Civic Engagement means playing an active role in your community (locally, nationally, or internationally) by being involved in the democratic process, participating in public life, and collaborating with community organizations to solve community problems.

Jobs and Internships With a Civic Engagement Focus

For more information about summer jobs and post-graduate career options contact the Career Center. Counselors are available to assist students and alumni interested in exploring local and national opportunities, including national programs such as Teach for America, PeaceCorps, and AmeriCorps.

Students interested in exploring graduate or professional studies in fields with a community focus are encouraged to talk with faculty members, a counselor in the Center for Academic Support, or a counselor in the Career Center.

University of Rochester Opportunities

African and African-American Studies
AAS 394 - Internship in African American Studies
Contact the department for more information

American Sign Language
Contact the department for more information

Anthropology (as identified in the department)
Census Board
Public Interest Law & Division of Human Rights
Public Market
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Rochester City School District
Contact the department for more information

Art & Art History
Contact Professor Seiberling for information on internship opportunities

ECO 394 – Contact the department for more information

ENG 394 – Contact Professor Smith for more information
Recent internship sites include:
Al Sigl Center
American Red Cross
Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester
Bausch & Lomb, Inc.
Democrat & Chronicle
FOX Rochester
George Eastman House
GEVA Theatre
Messenger Post Newspapers
Monroe Country Democratic Committee
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Planned Parenthood
Rochester Broadway Theatre League
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Rochester Redwings
Writers and Books

Contact Professor Jarvis for more information on internship opportunities

Internships have involved the Al Sigl Center and work on Navaho reservations.
Contact Professor Runner for more information.

Contact Professor Feldman for more information

Political Science
PSC 394 – Contact the department for more information

Religion & Classics
Contact the department for more information
Past internships have included:
Cameron Community Ministries
Jewish Federation
Memorial Art Gallery
Newman Community
Rochester City School District

Women's Studies
Contact the department for more information
Past internships have included:
After Image
AIDS Rochester
Alternatives for Battered Women
Center for Dispute Settlement
Gay Alliance
Metro Justice
NYS Division of Human Rights
Planned Parenthood
Sojourner House
St. Joseph's Villa
Susan B. Anthony House
Visual Studies Workshop
Wheatley Library

Local, National, or International Opportunities

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Do you want to send a year fighting hunger and poverty with a tight-knit community of emerging leaders? Emerson Hunger Fellows shape and implement local anti-hunger programs all over the U.S., and then research and support national policy initiatives in Washington, D.C. Check out www.hungercenter.org for more information.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Institute of Politics’ Internship Database

Student Educational Employment Program

Government Student Jobs

State Department Student Employment


Corporation for National and Community Service

New York Campus Compact’s Recommended Resources: