Strengthen Democracy, Promote Social Justice, Ensure Sustainability for Academic Credit!
The Center for Civic Engagement at Hofstra University is a university institute designed to promote democratic values by actively engaging students as knowledgeable citizens in collaborative partnerships with their campus, local, state, national, and global communities.
During the Fall semester, both undergraduate and graduate students can receive between 1 and 4 credits for academic internships with CCE-affiliated community partners. Where possible, upon arrangement through CCE, the internship can count towards a minor in civic engagement (CCE 110), or another minor, or your major. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact the CCE Co-Directors
CCE-affiliated community partners, include but are not limited to: the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, Homecoming Farm, the Kimmel Affordable Housing Foundation, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, the Long Island Progressive Coalition, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Advocates for Community Health and Health Leads, Uniondale Community Land Trust, and the Workplace Project. (CCE In the News – "Students Fill Care Prescriptions" *Log in required)
Along with these organizations, the Sociology department also offers internships in cooperation with the Center for Civic Engagement in community-based and governmental organizations addressing the following issues: community development; affordable housing; preventing bullying; increasing high school graduation rates by connecting youth to academic and social services; sustainable agriculture, gentrification and redistricting issues; comprehensive health and social services that empower families with children with special needs or chronic illnesses; labor and human rights of immigrants; and building peace globally. Other opportunities can also be created for individual students. Internships can be taken for between 1 and 4 credits.
The internships provide opportunities for reflection on practice with other students, faculty members, and community partners. Enrich your learning experience by making a difference in local communities!
* Formally affiliate with the Center for Civic Engagement
* Fill out brief pre- and post-engagement surveys
* Engagement time with community partner: 25 hours per credit
* Attend weekly 1.5 hour reflection sessions
* Take the Civic Engagement 101 training
* Write three 3-4 page reflection journal entries
* Write a research product (length depends upon number of credits taken and requirements of the department/program overseeing the major or minor; also see below)
* At the end of the internship, complete the AAC&U Civic Engagement VALUE Rubric
CCE 110 Internship Writing Requirements:
1 credit—extra 3-4 page reflection journal
2 credits—5 to 10 page research paper
3 credits—10 to 15 page research paper
4 credits—15 to 20 page research paper
If you are interested, please email Christopher W. Niedt at Christopher.Niedt@hofstra.edu with the following information: full name, SID#, email address, preferred number of credits, and preferred type of credit (Civic Engagement minor or other specific major or minor).