CAMP SCHOLARS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The CAMP Scholars Internship Program
For more than three decades, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) has helped students from migrant and seasonal farm-worker backgrounds succeed in college. The CAMP Scholars Internship Program is an additional benefit created uniquely for students who have an excellent academic record and an interest in public service. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of migrant leaders through academic seminars and professional development acquired by internship experience. Scholars receive a valuable opportunity to increase their knowledge and professional contacts while learning desirable lifelong skills. Students who successfully complete the program receive a stipend to assist with college expenses.
To promote and foster the development of CAMP students through training, professional development, and relationship building.
The CAMP Scholars Internship Program was created to progress migrant students’ personal and professional development. The CAMP Scholars Internship Program combines leadership training with technical and practical experience throughout the academic year.
The Academic Component
The program experience begins with a comprehensive orientation to clarify the expectations, responsibilities, and benefits of the program. Speakers from various public sector agencies participate in the orientation, providing the Scholars with advice and valuable information to succeed in the program.
Throughout the academic year, the CAMP Scholars attend monthly training seminars. The CAMP Scholars seminars focus on open discussion, inquiry and discovery. The seminars examine leadership and public policy within the context of a changing contemporary multicultural and multiethnic society. The monthly meetings allow the students to expand their knowledge on a diversity of public policy topics, explore future opportunities, and develop leadership skills. Topics include: healthcare, immigration, climate change, education, and the economy. Additionally, excursions to expose students to the arts, cultural, historical, and governmental sites also take place during the year to reinforce connections made with new ideas.
CAMP Scholars are placed in offices throughout the Sacramento area to enhance their professional development and learn more about public policy and service. Placements are determined by the needs of the office and on the Scholars’ skills and career interests. In previous years, CAMP Scholars have interned in the offices of California Senators and Assemblymembers, chambers of commerce, and at other non-profit organizations and agencies.
Who are the Scholars?
The students selected to participate in the CAMP Scholars Internship Program are continuing CAMP students who have demonstrated a high level of motivation, maturity, and commitment to accomplish their academic goals. They come from a migrant background and in most cases, are the first in their families to attend college. Many of the students have a history of community service and involvement in leadership and other extracurricular activities. The program selects individuals from all academic disciplines who demonstrate leadership potential and an interest in public service. Among the most popular majors are government, business, engineering, computer science, liberal studies, economics, and criminal justice.
The application cycle is during the last month of the spring semester to select students for participation in the following academic year. Scholars are selected based on a review of their application, a group interview, and potentially a second follow-up interview.
The Role of the Scholar
The main purpose of the internship is to provide the students with the opportunity to acquire valuable leadership and employment skills, in addition to general knowledge about the essential operation of the office or department. Scholars are expected to intern 12 to 15 hours a week for an academic year. The academic year runs from early September through mid-December during the fall semester, and from early February through mid-May during the spring semester. Scholars are not expected to work during scheduled recess time in the academic calendar. The students fully understand the responsibilities involved in interning and have agreed in writing to organize their academic schedules appropriately, report to work on time, and inform their supervisors in advance if they will be missing any time from the internship. Scholars must also attend every monthly seminar.
- Hands-on experience
- Résumé building
- Leadership development
- Stipend: $1,000
- Up to three semester units
The Role of the Agency
It is the goal of the CAMP Scholars Internship Program to equally benefit the student and the office where they are place. Scholars receive training and exposure to a professional environment and the office acquires a motivated and enthusiastic student eager to learn and become an integral part of the staff.
The agency must provide a positive work environment and any necessary training to allow the student to perform duties and responsibilities effectively. In addition to general duties and responsibilities, the agency should provide challenging assignments where the student can make the greatest contribution while maximizing the internship experience. CAMP requests that the agency provide the student support and feedback on a regular basis and fill out an evaluation form at the end of each academic semester.
Participating in the program is a great way to support future migrant leaders.
- Second Monday of September (Fall semester/internship begins)
- First week of November (First Semester Performance Evaluation due)
- Second week of December (end of Fall academic semester)
- Second week of December to the last Monday of January (Winter recess)
- First Monday of February (Spring semester/internship begins)
- Third week of March (Spring recess)
- Second week of May (end of Spring academic semester and internship)
- Late April (Second Semester Performance Evaluation due)
For more information please contact Viridiana Diaz, CAMP Director at (916) 278-7241.