This program has ended, and all deadlines have passed; this page is kept live to show HECUA's internship processes. Please check HECUA's web site later for future internship opportunities.
Deadline for Organizations to Apply for Summer 2013: January 18, 2013
The Central Corridor Internship Program will support paid internship projects focused on civic, environmental, social, and economic opportunities and impacts of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) on diverse communities in Saint Paul’s Central Corridor. The program is intended to strengthen the capacity of community organizations to communicate with residents and small businesses, increase their knowledge of each other’s work, support neighborhood cohesion and strength, foster further collaboration, and communicate the strengths and successes of community organizations along the corridor.
In summer 2013, special emphasis will be given to projects addressing affordable housing along the Corridor.
Grantee organizations will receive funds to hire and pay an hourly wage for a 400-hour summer intern. In addition, grantee organizations and interns will be invited to participate in seminars throughout the summer to strengthen ties among organizations and to provide support for the student interns as a cohort working together over the summer.
Complete cover form and grant narrative, save copies for your files and mail, email, or drop off applications to the HECUA office by 5pm January 18th, Attention: CCIP Selection Committee, HECUA 2233 University Avenue W. Suite 210, Saint Paul, MN 55114, or email Emily Seru.
Download the 2013 application here!
Grant and Project Consultation
HECUA is available to consult as you develop project proposals. Please feel free to contact us for advice or feedback on the project you are considering for submission for an internship grant. Emily Seru is the Manager of Internships and Community Partnerships at HECUA and has extensive experience designing and supporting project-based internships. Contact Emily at 651-287-3313
CCIP Goals and Objectives
The internship program’s objectives are for participating community organizations to:
1) have greater capacity to increase participation and support from residents and business owners in their goals of equitable community and economic development;
2) find value in discussing their different perspectives on and approaches to the LRT construction and learning about related city, community, and neighborhood initiatives;
3) identify and act on new opportunities to collaborate to meet their shared goals;
4) sustain related efforts to support community development along the Central Corridor;
5) increase their capacity to utilize summer interns;
6) share project impacts and lessons with the broader public;
7) identifiy and practice appropriate, effective organizing strategies within and across African American, Hmong, and new immigrant and refugee communities in the Central Corridor;
8) increase participation of low-income, transit-dependent residents in district councils and groups that feed into the district councils, such as block clubs, advisory groups, and neighborhood update sessions and events;
9) support full participation of local communities in shaping policies related to LRT construction and area development that reflect shared interests and the needs of low-income, transit-dependent residents.
Student Selection and Placement Process
In consultation with grantees, HECUA will recruit recent alumni of HECUA programs to be selected for the summer internship positions. Young people who have been part of HECUA programs typically have an understanding of how to enter communities respectfully, have been trained to recognize multiple view points on contentious issues, and have the adaptability and project management skills needed for community-based internships. Many alumni of HECUA’s four decades of Twin Cities programs have emerged as leaders in a variety of local community and advocacy organizations. Advanced undergraduate students and recent graduates will be invited to apply for the program, and will submit an essay and resume to HECUA in which they demonstrate their interest, experience, and the skills they bring to the proposed summer projects. From the pool of applicants, which could be as large as 100, HECUA will select finalists and alternates, and in close consultation with the internship grantees, will make suggestions for final placements. Grantees will interview the recommended candidates in April 2013, and will decide on the final hire.