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CLP InternTitle:   Community Leadership Programming Intern

Department:   Partnership Program – Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Supervisor:   Damon Shoholm, Senior Community Leadership Manager

Hours:   10-15 hours per week

Timeframe:   Minimum:  1 Semesters but full program year (2 semester) hoped for!

Status:  $500 Stipend per Semester

Project Summary: The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been working to enrich the community of Saint Paul and improves the lives of its people for over 100 years.  The Neighborhood Leadership Programs (NLP) at the Foundation develops the skills of existing and emerging community leaders.  NLP offers experiential leadership training for people at all ages and stages of leadership, fostering community service and action on important issues affecting people in Saint Paul.  In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, NLP has integrated historical exploration and activities into its curriculum to provide critical context and insight into communities. For more information about the Wilder Foundation see www.wilder.org and for more information on the Neighborhood Leadership Programs, see http://www.wilder.org/nlp.0.html.

Ideal degrees:   History, Education, Political Science, Social Work, Urban Planning, Geography, Sociology, Community Development/Organizing, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Public Policy 

Student Qualifications: 

  • Basic Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Self motivated;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Ability to work independently and complete research as assigned. 
  • Experience working with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and
  • Interest in learning more about the rich Saint Paul community, its history and the field of leadership development within community.
  • Second language skills are a plus but not a requirement

Student Responsibilities:

The primary job of the intern will be to work with the NLP to support and contribute to the leadership trainings for community members.  The intern’s responsibilities will include:

  • Preparing materials for trainings,
  • Researching leadership training topics and development of session activities as directed,
  • Aiding in preparation and delivery of training sessions
  • Serving as a resource for participants; and
  • Supporting logistical coordination with participants.
  • The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in neighborhood leadership training session activities as well as Wilder Foundation trainings and professional development opportunities.
  • Please Note: Program sessions begin Oct 1st and run through June 5th. Interns will be expected to assist at program asessions held every other Saturday (8:00-3:30pm) per month as well as the NLP Orientation Session (Oct 1st) and the Opening Retreat (Oct 11th and 12th) dependent on the internship length (Full year or one semester).


Development of support materials, specifically, research and activities related to or supporting integration of historical aspects of program. This might include:

  • Working with reference library to develop orientation to the Research Library and lesson specific to Placeography.
  • Developing guiding activities to complement participant engagement of MHC exhibits (eg Open House).
  • Research on communities represented by NLP participants.
  • Development and support of NLP topic focused Link Up workshop (ex: exploring community history).

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • A better understanding of the impact history has on the relationships within community.
  • How to network for action in community.
  • A better understanding and appreciation for the differences that help make a strong community.
  • A better understanding of their own leadership capacity and abilities.
  • An ability to navigate systems and institutions that make our broad community.
  • An appreciation for the vibrancy and diversity that makes up a community.
  • A clearer connection to a variety of resources available within Saint Paul and the Greater East Metro.

Required submissions: 

A one page writing sample stating why the intern is drawn to work with this program and what they hope to gain from the experience.

To apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.