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Community Scholars

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center is pleased to offer Community Scholars, a public service learning opportunity for the Fall semester.  Approximately 15 undergraduate students from OU will be placed in community-based internships with nonprofit organizations or local government entities in and around Norman and Oklahoma City.  The Community Scholars Program provides a unique learning opportunity for a cohort of undergraduates who will experience first-hand the dynamics of working within community-based organizations.  The internship experience will be enriched through weekly seminars and briefings with leaders from the nonprofit sector.

Community Scholars will be placed in assignments with the various nonprofit organizations, community agencies or local government offices and be expected to work 20 hours a week.  Community Scholars will develop professional experience and skills, gain insights into the dynamics of community organizations and learn how nonprofit organizations function and interact within their broader communities.

InternshipOU Community Scholars

Each student will be required to work 20 hours per week at their internship site.  Students may, at their option, enroll in 3 additional hours under PSc 3910 section 002 (Government Internship) or WS4013 (Internship) options which requires no additional face-time in class.

PSc 4033: Community  Scholars: A Service-Learning Course (3 hours) Friday afternoons

One of the unique aspects of the program will be the opportunity, on a weekly basis, to come together with the other Community Scholars for a seminar that is tailored to the program.  This academic component will feature information about nonprofit and community leadership in an informal setting.  Frequent guest speakers from various community-based organizations will join the class.


While there are no separate program fees required, students must enroll in PSc 4033 (the additional 3 hours of internship credit are optional).  Internships will generally be unpaid, though financial aid may be available on a stipend basis and some internship-related costs may be reimbursed.

Apply Online

Click here to submit an online application for the Community Scholars program.
Applications will be taken until class is filled, or until May 20, whichever comes first.

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