University of Alabama new college
Connecting...Partners and Ideas
University of Alabama New College Intern Program
Do you ever wish you were able to take a great idea and make it happen?
Do you ever wish you had more help?
Do you ever wish you had fresh perspective for a project that is important for our community?
As part of our ongoing initiatives, each summer the Foundation office becomes the lab for “teaching
philanthropy” through a partnership with the University of Alabama’s New College Partners for Action
and Research in Communities (PARC) in which students are placed in an eight-week, embedded
community-based internship that benefits our nonprofits and promotes extended academic inquiry
outside the classroom.
New College is the University of Alabama's interdisciplinary liberal arts program where students craft
individualized courses of study consistent with their interests, aptitude, temperament, and skills. Each
student builds a course of study that includes traditional coursework, community-based learning,
undergraduate research opportunities, and self-directed study.
Students learn first-hand the challenges and rewards of joining their talents and resources with those of our nonprofits. Working on the premise that strong, collaborative relationships are crucial to effective community problem-solving, students fully engage in local life by living in Walker County and work on issues identified by local nonprofit partners.
The interns insight, enthusiasm, intelligence and high energy creates an environment of creativity and renewed empowerment that leaves our nonprofits with better tools and resources to become as
efficient and effective as possible and our entire community benefits from their hard work.
This collaboration between New College and the Walker Area Community Foundation mirrors the mission of New College: to foster engaging learning experiences in which all parties’ play a vital,
beneficial role, while creating sustainable models.
To learn more, read this article about the summer 2014 program.