RFI Student Serviceship | Community Application


Community Applications Due January 1, 2018


Earn tangible results on important community projects with motivated, high-capacity University of Nebraska students.

Through Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Student Serviceship community application, rural community host teams articulate their community’s vision and purpose while scoping and defining projects for student pairs to work on and lead throughout a ten-week summer internship. The students—who are recruited and trained by RFI—may serve a variety of roles with a variety of entities to help the community reach its goals. Students also volunteer and serve with community members throughout their experience.

RFI selects communities and interns through a competitive application and interview process.

Nebraska Communities

All rural Nebraska communities are encouraged to apply! We are proud to work with Nebraska Community Foundation to support communities as they work through the application process and serviceship experience.

Out-of-State Communities

Foundations, organizations and rural communities outside of Nebraska are also encouraged to apply! The lead entity selects the students and sends them to be trained by RFI in Lincoln, Neb.





4 to 8 people from the community must craft the project plan for the students, which is submitted through the application process. This group of people should represent the community’s diversity (age, gender and ethnicity) as well as business and industry partners. There should be 1 to 2 primary projects, a handful of secondary projects and community volunteer and service opportunities defined.



1 primary mentor must be identified and commit. This person should be fun, energetic and relatable. He or she must have the time and capacity to work with the students and act as their point person throughout their ten-week stay in the community.


Office space and basic office supplies




Housing for the students for their entire stay




Funding to support projects and the interns’ stipends (approximately $8,000 per pair)


Contact: Kayla Schnuelle, 402.472.2935



Important Dates

Jan. 1, 2018
Applications Due

May 14 – 18, 2018
Intern Training

May 21 – Aug. 1, 2018
Serviceship Experience