Building Capacity by Linking Students with Local Organizations
The intern program attracts young people to the community development field, and gives students a glimpse into the day-to-day operations of CDCs from planning events to visiting communities throughout Cincinnati. Interns receive course credit for working with CDCs and gain real world experience with community development. In return, the CDCs receive increased capacity and quality professional work for such projects as pre-development, housing conditions, and community organizing.
Our interns have had wide ranges of success, from being leaders in their community, to becoming renowned architects, to moving on to work in individual CDCs, or gaining a more holistic view of community engagement to take to their civic engineering or other aspirations. Since its inception in 2011, the CDC Association has placed nearly 100 students in internships.
How It Works for CDCs
CDCs submit a paragraph detailing the project description, the dates the project will span, whether the intern will work in office or home, or describing the ideal time split. In return, CDCs will receive a student intern from one of our partner universities. Interns are typically from the University of Cincinnati. Dates will vary based on the university calendar. Project workload should be equivalent to about 8-12 hours a week.
Students submit their resume and a project priority list, or if they have not yet received the project list, they should request it at that time. Students receive credit as arranged with their university, typically as independent study credit. If a student is interested in gaining work experience, but does not desire to receive course credit, that can also be arranged. Additionally, the association has been able to place students unable to find co-op jobs at CDCs with expanded project responsibilities. Currently, these internships are unfunded.