Bonner Scholar Summer Service Intern, 2012

The 2012 Bonner Scholar Program (BSP) Summer Service Intern will work with BSP staff to take educational programming to new heights, explore the implementation of new Bonner Foundation initiatives, and develop opportunities to facilitate student learning on activist work in the Richmond region.


Bonner Earnings Stipend ($2500)

Bonner Living Stipend ($2000 max, to be deducted from student summer living stipend funds)

Rising Senior Stipend ($500 max, written justification needed)


Successful completion of at least one year of the Bonner Scholar program (student must be in good standing)

Good oral and written communication skills

Demonstrated ability to take initiative

A willingness to learn how to network with off-campus constituents

Demonstrated interest in the Richmond region

Technological aptitude

Length of Service

The summer intern will be required to complete 280 total hours, serving a minimum of 30 hours per week. The exact dates of service (and vacation weeks) are negotiable and will be discussed with BSP staff ahead of time.

Service Description


Work with BSP staff and senior interns to plan education programs, including:

  • First-year Orientation (FYO): includes orchestrating student presentations, developing Richmond exploration tools (maps, tours), coordinating orientation logistics (food, housing, etc.),
  • Exploration:  includes planning partner exploration trips, weekly Cycle 1 dinners, planning on-campus Exploration Café, making handouts, electronic presentations, instructional videos, etc.
  • Service abroad: includes establishing a service abroad opportunity database in partnership with the Bonner Foundation and UR’s Career Development Center.

Explore the implementation of new Bonner Foundation initiatives (e.g. Policy Options)

Conduct research on an activist who shaped the Richmond region

  • Manage a project fund (up to $500)
  • Present and share at first-year orientation, August 2012.
  • Explore creative tools that facilitate continued learning (iBook, mapping tools, videos, etc.)
  • Study storytelling best practices. Opportunities include:
    • Interviewing Scott Allison and George Goethals to learn about their latest book, Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them
    • Meeting with Kenneth Xavier Warren, Jr. to learn about digital storytelling


  • Weekly reflection opportunities (lunch with various BSP and CCE staff members, blogging).
  • Create a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) to identify learning goals and service objectives.
  • Create a learning plan to meet said learning goals (e.g. opportunities to participate in public speaking, facilitate group discussion, etc.)
  • Educational balance day with BSP staff (explore a specific interest area in Richmond)
  • On occasion, participate in community partner summer visits.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume (in pdf format) to Debbie Collins ( by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 23.