RFI Student Serviceship

Live. Serve. Play.

Rural Futures Institute Student Serviceship connects communities to University of Nebraska (NU) students and students to rural communities, leaders and mentors.

A hybrid between service learning and traditional internships, “serviceships” provide communities with tangible results on important self-defined projects while giving students resume-building work and insight into the career and life opportunities in rural places.

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) provides support and guidance throughout this experience, and all participants learn and share on behalf of rural community growth.


2017 Host Communities & Priority Projects

Workforce Recruitment opportunity! Create awareness and workforce readiness communications campaigns for North Platte.
Community development opportunity! Parks and Recreation needs assessment, which will include a community survey as well as research into the cost of suggested facilities and programs as well as possible funding sources.
Marketing & policy opportunity! York economic development needs a marketing plan developed and implemented to educate and encourage community members to vote for LB840.


Expertise Needed

The host communities are looking for students with interests and career aspirations in the following areas and related fields:



A two-week course will prepare you to take on these important projects, giving you a general understanding of rural communities as well as leadership strategies. Then you will spend nine weeks in a community leading the project and helping with other community activities.

We are currently reviewing student applications for the 2017 serviceship experience. If you applied, you will be contacted soon.


Contact Kayla Schnuelle
Leadership Engagement Director
p: (402) 472-2935
e: kschnuelle@nebraska.edu