RFI Student Serviceship | Student Application

Create The Future


Complete resume-building work in a rural Nebraska community with local leaders & mentors.

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska is seeking highly-motivated student leaders to help create the future of Nebraska’s rural communities through 2018 RFI Student Serviceship. A hybrid between service learning and traditional internships, “serviceships” provide students with resume-building work and insight into the career and life opportunities in rural places.

During this 10-week paid summer experience students participate in strategic community initiatives, lead priority projects, build their networks and improve their leadership skills while living, working and serving in a rural community. Apply by Nov. 20.

Working in pairs, students will attack rural challenges and opportunities in areas such as economic development, workforce recruitment and retention, housing, marketing and more. They will work closely with a community host team and a dedicated mentor to help them with their specific projects and bring them into the life of the community in a meaningful way. They will also be connected to RFI staff and University of Nebraska faculty in order to better serve their communities. Check out the results from summer 2017!

After completing the application, students will be interviewed by Dec. 8. Upon final selection, interns will be matched with rural communities with projects that fit their expertise and interests. All interns are required to complete a one-week RFI Student Serviceship training course with University of Nebraska faculty and community leaders, May 14-18, before they begin their serviceship, May 21-Aug. 1.




Questions? Contact Kayla Schnuelle, 402.472.2935



Expertise Needed

Paid Experience

Important Dates

Nov. 20, 2017
Intern Application Due

May 14 – 18, 2018
Required Pre-session Course

May 21 – Aug. 1, 2018
Serviceship Experience


Skills & Requirements

A successful applicant will have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, as well as previous volunteer and leadership involvement. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills, professionalism, adaptability, innovation and initiative.

Interns will be placed in the host communities in pairs, so interns must be willing to work with another intern partner and share responsibilities.

Interns are expected to be available to work full time (40 hours per week) and serve their host community by volunteering for a minimum of 10 hours during evenings and weekends.