CAMP SCHOLARS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
To promote and foster the development of CAMP Students through training, professional development, and relationship building. The Scholars Internship Program will place talented CAMP students who have shown great leadership potential in government, business and nonprofit organizations to prepare them for positions of leadership.
The CAMP Scholars Internship Program was created to ensure that young Migrant students develop their personal and professional potential. The CAMP Scholars Internship Program combines leadership training with technical and practical experience during the academic year.
The CAMP Scholars Internship Program
For more than two decades, 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.
The Academic Component
The internship experience begins with a comprehensive orientation to clarify the expectations, responsibilities, and benefits of the program. Speakers from different public sector entities participate in the orientation, providing the Scholars with advice and valuable information.
During the academic year, students attend a monthly training seminar. The monthly meetings allow the students to expand their knowledge, explore future opportunities, and share internship experiences. Field trips supplement material covered in the seminars in order to connect the new ideas and information that is exchanged.
The CAMP Scholars Seminar focuses on open discussion, inquiry, and discovery. The seminar examines leadership and public policy within the context of a changing contemporary multicultural and multiethnic society. Scholars have assignments and a final project directly related to their internship. Scholars receive up to three semester units for the coursework in the program.
CAMP Scholars are placed in offices where they will enhance their leadership skills 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 interned in California Assembly and Senate members’ Capitol offices, U.S. Congress and Senators’ district offices and/or in other non-profit organizations and agencies in the Sacramento area.
Who are the Scholars?
The students selected to participate in the CAMP Scholars Internship Program are second-year Sac State college 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 generation in their families to attend a university. Many of the students have a record 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 Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Liberal Studies, and Criminal Justice. Scholars are selected based on a review of their application and subsequent 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. The agency should provide a positive work environment and any necessary training to allow the student to perform duties and responsibilities effectively. Besides 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.
- Second Monday of September (Fall semester/internship begins)
- Last week of November (First Semester Performance Evaluation due)
- First week of December (end of Fall academic semester)
- First week of December to the first Monday of February (Winter recess)
- First Monday of February (Spring semester/internship begins)
- Third week of March (Spring recess/1 week)
- First week of May (end of Spring academic semester and internship)
- Late April (Second Semester Performance Evaluation due)
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. Participating in the Program is a great way to support future migrant leaders.
For more information, you may contact Viridiana Diaz at (916) 278-7241