Rural Community Serviceship Program

In a captivating video see how groups of students are making real world changes in rural communities. This video showcases a unique RFI grant program developed out of a partnership between Tom Field, Director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program, the UNL Office of Student Involvement, the Center of Civic Engagement, the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, the Nebraska Human Resources Institute (NHRI) and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR).

Through this partnership, a 3-week summer course has been developed followed by an 8-week summer internship. Students are sent to communities in pairs to live, work, and play in their assigned community for the duration of the program. The results, as you can see in this video, have been outstanding, and have opened student’s eyes to the dreams and ambitions of the community. It has also allowed for community residents to see their region in a new way, through the eyes of a college student.