Civic Engagement Internship Program

The Civic Engagement Internship Program (CEIP) provides experiential learning opportunities for college students to build civic skills by working alongside Alabama communities in capacity-building* projects.  The internship is designed around the goal of transforming college students into active members of a community.  The backgrounds, interests, majors, and skills of the students are as diverse as the communities where they will serve. 


Interns develop relationships, practice problem-solving, develop writing and journalism skills, and discover what makes democracy work as it should.  This experiential learning program benefits students in creating narratives for scholarship applications and content for resumes.  Scholarship providers want to fund students who will go on to achieve great things or who wish to give back to their communities.  Employers prefer applicants who work to make a difference in one's community as these activities build leadership skills.

Spring and Summer Term Commitment

Interns will complete coursework during the spring semester to hone their writing and journalism skills.  These skills will be used during the summer term to chronicle their experiences in civic engagement during a ten-week internship with a community partner.  Interns will participate in the David Mathews Center Intern Retreat and project implementation meetings with community partners.  Faculty mentors will assist interns in making the most of their immersive civic learning** experience. 

David Mathews Center for Civic Life

The Civic Engagement Internship Program supports the aims and goals of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and is funded by the Jean O’Connor-Snyder Fund for Civic Education.  For more information, visit the Jean O'Connor-Snyder Internship Program page. Interns who complete the program are encouraged to continue their work in civic engagement by applying for inclusion in the Living Democracy program at Auburn University.

For additional information, contact Tyler Laye, Project Director, at



*Capacity building is the process by which individuals and organizations obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment, and other resources needed to do their jobs competently or to a greater capacity (larger scale, larger audience, larger impact, etc.)>wiki>Capacity_Building

**Immersive civic learning is characterized by active, continuous participation in both formal and informal civic spaces and personal experiences with a community and its individuals.