RFI Student Serviceship Interns Start in Rural Communities

Serviceship Group Photo

And they’re off!

Today 10 trained RFI Student Serviceship interns are starting their nine-week experiences in rural Nebraska and Indiana communities.

2017 RFI Student Serviceship Host Communities

  • McCook, Neb.
  • North Platte, Neb.
  • West Point, Neb.
  • York, Neb.
  • Newton County, Ind.

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.

University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska–Lincoln student pairs will lead projects and serve and participate in the communities throughout Nebraska. With assistance from the Jasper Foundation, Taylor University and Depauw University students will work in Newton County, Ind.


Get to Know the Serviceship Interns!


All students completed a one-week leadership training course hosted by the Rural Futures Institute where they got to know their partners, learned more about their communities, gained details about their projects and held online meetings with their host teams. Students were introduced to personal and professional development strategies as well as community development theories and practices. They also explored Firth, Neb., and Seward, Neb., to hear from community leaders and entrepreneurs. A special thanks to our guest speakers!

RFI Student Serviceship Leadership Training Course | Guest Speakers

Amanda Barker | Deputy Executive Director, Nebraskans for Civic Reform

Tom Field, Ph.D. | Director of Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Lindsay Hastings, Ph.D. | Director of Nebraska Human Resources Institute & Clifton Professor in Mentoring Research, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Kurt Mantonya | Senior Associate, Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Linda Moody | Assistant Director, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Civic Engagement

Reshell Ray | Associate Director, University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus Programs & RFI Community Innovation Fellow

Milan Wall | Co-Director, Heartland Center for Leadership Development & RFI Community Innovation Fellow
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