The Center’s Civic Engagement agenda is modeled around the idea of “engaged scholarship” and brings the University together with local partners in the region for common agendas aimed at improving the lives of Camden City children and families.
Each year the Center creates over 100 service learning placements for college students from Rutgers and other area schools, such as internships, work study, fellowships, and academic courses and field placements. The majority of students are placed at LEAP Academy University Charter School, where they support the efforts of the CLC's Centers of Excellence to provide the entire school community with comprehensive academic, health, and socio-emotional support services.
This arrangement allows the Center to capitalize on the skills and enthusiasm of these college students to staff their programs and at the same time connect these university students with the city and provide them with firsthand professional experience for their future careers.
Jumpstart at Rutgers–Camden
Jumpstart is an early childhood mentoring program that recruits Rutgers students to work with preschoolers in Camden City. College students work one-on-one with children to build their literacy and social skills and gain education experience in the classroom.
Academic courses and field practicums
Each semester, the CLC supervises a number of for-credit academic courses and field practica at Rutgers–Camden. These courses allow eligible students to earn course credit through service-learning internships or to satisfy degree requirements for their undergraduate or graduate program’s in-the-field placement hours.
Work study internships
By working with the Rutgers–Camden Career Center and the Office of Financial Aid, the CLCis able to offer paid work study internships to Rutgers students eligible for the federal work study program. Students can inquire at the CLCfor available internships then speak to their federal work study representative at the Office of Financial Aid to request placement at the Center.
*The OFA is responsible for determining all work study assignments. Placement at the CLCis limited to the number of internships available per semester.
The CLC works with the Department of Public Policy & Administration at Rutgers–Camden to offer a limited number of education fellowships to graduate students in the Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree program. Eligible MPA students may apply for the LEAP Education Fellowship or the Sila Calderon Fellowship, which include tuition assistance to Rutgers in return for a commitment to a work placement.