2018 RFI Student Serviceship

 

Welcome to 2018 RFI Student Serviceship!

We are proud to welcome 11 communities and 24 students from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Peru State College to this year’s serviceship experience, providing an opportunity to connect current and future leaders and mentors in acts of service and work toward a thriving rural future.

RFI-hosted student training course is May 14 – May 18, 2018,
at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

10-week serviceship experience begins May 21, 2018

This year marks an important milestone in the growth of our program by more than doubling the number of student and community participants in one summer experience. We have also extended our reach beyond rural localities, to communities of practice through partnership with the Omaha Land Bank and Black Hills Energy, both of which aim to serve the state of Nebraska as a whole through their work this summer.

The students participating come from hometowns large and small — from Crofton, Neb., town of 800, to Chennai, India, population 4.647 million. Students’ areas of study include agribusiness, disease and human health, exercise science, hospitality, political science, public administration and more. They also range from freshmen to graduate students, and each student pair was created to intentionally connect complementary skill sets and varying backgrounds and experiences.

In terms of communities and projects, students will problem-solve and create opportunities within the areas of housing, community recruitment, community planning, welcoming, economic development and more. They will participate and lead projects that will include strategic planning, event planning, assessment creation and analysis, visioning and marketing.

Thank you to the host teams and lead mentors (listed within the descriptions below) for all you are doing to prepare for this experience and all you will do to lead and mentor these students throughout the summer!

Get extended details about the framework of RFI Student Serviceship here.

 

Communities

 


Beyond these locations, 2018 RFI Student Serviceship includes two communities of practice—Omaha Land Bank and Black Hills Energy. Of note, we have worked outside of Nebraska with this program in the past.

 

Cozad, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Neligh, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Seward, Neb.

April 6, 2018
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Students

 





Amber Ross

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I reapplied because, as someone that is looking to go into this field in the future, I wanted to build my network. This field is more “who you know” and not “what …
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Bradley Schoch

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I think the RFI Student Serviceship is an amazing opportunity and something that I can relate to. Having grown up in a rural community, I understand what opportunities like these mean, especially …
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Cheyenne Gerlach

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? While serving as a Nebraska FFA state officer, I completed 25  visits to FFA chapters’ communities. I witnessed firsthand the impact that a supportive and flourishing community could have on the young …
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Christy Cooper

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I am interested in living, working, and serving in rural Nebraskan communities. I see the importance of small towns and communities, especially to agricultural education. As a future agriculture teacher, I hope …
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Clayton Keller

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I wanted to experience “Small Town Nebraska” while at the same time gaining valuable experience working with a community on an impactful project. What do you hope to learn and how do …
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Collin Fleecs

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I think I can definitely learn more leadership and communication skills that I can utilize down the road in my future career. What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska? I would say …
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Emily Coffey

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship experience because I know that I’ll be challenged to take ownership of meaningful projects that deeply affect Nebraska’s communities. What do you hope to learn and how …
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Emily Frenzen

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? When applying and interviewing for RFI’s Student Serviceship experience, I knew it would be an experience different from any other internship I had applied for. The Student Serviceship is made up of …
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Haley Ehrke

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I truly believe in service and giving back. This internship provides that as well as the opportunity to grow as a person. I have grown up in small town Nebraska and enjoy …
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Jessica Weeder

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I found RFI’s Student Serviceship experience to be very interesting to me because I like the idea of doing something valuable with my summer by helping a small town to grow and …
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Kyle McGlade

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? The RFI experience was a chance to take on a real leadership role in helping communities for a student like me who had less experience in the working world. The program presented …
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Leanne Gamet

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? This opportunity was so different than anything else offered. I chose to pursue this Serviceship because I knew it would make me grow as a person, but still allow me to work …
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Maddie Miller

April 6, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued this internship because I know it’s a good program, and I really wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and live in a new community. I also want to …
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Michayla Goedeken

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? This internship allowed me to pursue my love of service and rural development in a way that I hope will prepare me to do the same thing with international extension someday. What …
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Mirissa Scholting

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I grew up on a farm and in an area that values its people and their lifestyles, and I want to help other people in other communities cherish the things they value. …
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Raghav Kidambi

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I had a genuine interest in rural Nebraska and its workings. There aren’t many better ways of truly experiencing rural America. I want to work alongside rural folks and hear their opinions …
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Rhiannon Cobb

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I have interned in Washington, D.C. the past two summers and I wanted to be on the field working with the people I am supporting in D.C. RFI provides such an amazing …
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Sage Williams

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship opportunity because I want to help impact a community similar to the one I grew up in. The community I was raised in was so supportive of …
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Samantha Guenther

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship experience because I believe that I will get the best experience through the process of being placed in a rural Nebraska community to help the city and …
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Shelby Utech

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I am passionate about rural communities and I believe this experience will lead to me growing as a person and a student. I am very fond of RFI and I am absolutely …
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Sydney Armbruster

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? One of my professors, Dr. Kyle Ryan, recommended I look into the Serviceship. Once I took a look at it I was very interested in what the program’s goals and focus were. …
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Trenton Buhr

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I’m most excited to experience what it feels like to live in a rural area not in the eastern part of the state. I grew up in Eastern Nebraska and while Waverly …
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Trevor Harlow

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I felt it was a great opportunity to work with a side of Nebraska I have never truly been exposed to, while also helping to advocate and fight for community development and …
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Tyan Boyer

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? This Serviceship is an extremely unique experience with the ability to be placed in a community and live in and learn the dynamics of the community. This Serviceship gives you the opportunity …
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