Kentucky Scholar Intern

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Application Process:

  • Includes completion of the online application and a series of interviews with UK staff and partner agencies. Click here for the application.  Applications due 11:59pm on 03/08/19.

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Frequently Asked Questions:


Who is eligible?

The KSI program application is available to exceptional student leaders at the University of Kentucky. KSIs come from all academic disciplines. Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, however, students will be considered on a case by case basis and all are encouraged to apply.

Where do KSIs intern?

KSIs intern for 3-4 months (either a semester or summer program) with one of the participating organizations featured below or with an organization of the student’s choosing in the target region.

What does KSI offer students? 

Each internship allows a student to earn academic credits through a combination of service learning, distance learning, research credit, or capstone projects.  Additional requirements may be necessary for academic credit depending on the policies of participating UK departments.

Is there a subsistence allowance?

A subsistence allowance of up to $1,000/month will be provided to students.  The allowance is intended to help cover housing, utilities, food, transportation, and some incidentals.  However, the subsistence allowance may not cover all living and travel expenses.  Where food and lodging is provided by the partner agency, the allowance may be reduced but not below $500/month.

What are the housing options?

The KSI program will help identify and facilitate housing options, but KSIs will be responsible for their own housing (i.e. signing a lease, paying rent and utilities, etc.).  The housing options may be different from location to location and could include home stays or other group housing to reduce an individual’s overall costs.  Where possible, KSIs may be housed together to reduce an individual’s overall costs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][heading sub_header=”UK’s Kentucky Scholar Intern (KSI) program is designed to match exceptional undergraduate student leaders to the needs of the most under-resourced communities in eastern Kentucky by providing unique, 3-4 month, experiential internship opportunities in nonprofit agencies and local / state governments. Contact Todd Stoltzfus at” heading_colour=”#015daa” header_size=”bigger” header_weight=”hairline” margin_top=”tall-top” scroll_animation=”fadeInUp”]About Us[/heading][vc_column_text margin_top=”no-top”]Available Internships:

  • Summer 2019: May to August (2-3 months) Exact dates to be determined with each student
  • Fall 2019: August to December (3-4 months) – Exact dates to be determined with each student


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KSI Internship Location:  Somerset, KY

KSI Internship Description:

KSI interns could work in one or more of the following areas depending on skills, education, and background:

  • Broadband Initiative: The Center is heading up a broadband plan that will create an open access fiber optic network which will deliver robust, reliable and affordable internet to communities in eastern Kentucky (and across the state).
  • Youth Engagement: Through our Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI) summer youth programs, we help middle school through rising high school juniors develop the skills to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
  • Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC): The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, led by The Center for Rural Development, is a program funded by the Department of Homeland Security which provides training and resources to rural first responders. RDPC provides both instructor-led and web-based training to emergency management agencies throughout all 50 states and 6 U.S. territories.
  • Hospitality Management: The Center currently manages a 105-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel which helps expand and enhance our event offerings and the image of The Center.  The hotel also aids the expansion of economic development in our community.
  • Arts and Culture: The Center hosts a performing arts series, special concerts, and events that enrich, entertain, and inspire the imagination of people of all ages.  The Center also conducts arts outreach to communities in our service area.
  • Workforce Development/Training: Your Center of Learning provides workforce training for individuals, businesses, and organizations that can position them to positively impact the economy of the region and state.
  • Marketing and Public Relations: Marketing all of the above programs and initiatives through a multiple and layered advertising approach.  The Center must raise public awareness about all of our programs and services through the individuals that we impact.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Christian Appalachian Project” tab_id=”1490645836-2-40″][vc_single_image image=”3049″][vc_column_text]For more than 50 years, the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) has been building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ’s love through service in Appalachia. CAP’s life-changing programs and services truly restore hope for thousands of children, families and seniors who struggle each day to break free from poverty.  CAP serves the poor and marginalized through educational programming, home repair projects, elderly services, hunger, and poverty relief. Visit to learn more.


KSI Internship Location:  Various (to be determined based on position, but may include Jackson, Rockcastle, McCreary, Johnson, Martin or Floyd counties)

KSI Internship Description:

KSI interns could work in one or more of the following areas depending on skills, education, and background:

  • Early Childhood Educator: Child development programs include teaching reasoning, communication, social, physical, and emotional development as well as creative expression for preschoolers ages 3-4 in CAP child and family development centers.
  • Camp Educators/Summer Camp Counselor: Based out of CAP’s summer camp locations., educators serve in elementary/middle schools during the academic year to implement a practical living curriculum and as well as tutor.  Interns may also plan teen retreats and community events, assist camp maintenance, recruit campers, or serve as camp counselors.
  • Youth Worker: P.A.R.K. (Scholastic Preparation, Arts, and Recreation for Kids) serves children ages 5-18.  The Youth Worker designs presentations and activities to engage students in academics, the arts, and recreational activities, leads field trips or day camps, and assists children and teens with homework.
  • Home Repair Crew Members/Team Leader: Home Repair Crew Members serve in teams of 2-3 and assist the crew leader in home repairs and new construction.
  • Food Pantry Caseworker: Caseworkers serve in teams with other volunteers to serve the walk-in food need of families and organize monthly government commodities distributions to the elderly. Caseworkers also pick up food donations from local food banks and businesses and help to unload and organize food shipments.
  • Elderly Services Caseworker: CAP’s Elderly Services caseworkers help seniors access the services, medical care, and human connection. By providing services such as home visitation, transportation, and social activities, caseworkers ease the effects of rural isolation and allow homebound seniors citizens to remain in their homes longer.
  • Family Advocacy Caseworker: Caseworkers provide emergency assistance, including food, utility assistance, household goods, and clothing. Caseworkers assess the needs, provide any necessary short-term assistance, and make appropriate referrals to other programs.  Caseworkers also help to organize seasonal school and garden programs and annual retreats.
  • In-Home Respite Assistant: Provides respite services to children, adults, and elderly who are developmentally, physically, and/or mentally challenged. Assistant will be responsible for providing daily care to participants according to specific training and participants’ individualized care needs, including bathing, feeding, nurturing, recreation, and socialization.
  • Thrift Store Associate: Interns sort donations, steam clothing, help keep the store clean and organized, and perform retail functions.
  • Disaster Relief Caseworker: Provides relief and emergency services to survivors of disasters through housing, clean-up/repair, supply distribution, donation warehouse work, casework, etc. as well as facilitates disaster preparedness education and planning.


Note:  A separate CAP application may be needed prior to final KSI placement.  As CAP is a faith-based organization, a commitment to spirituality or personal reflection and participation in weekday evening devotionals is expected.  CAP provides on-site group housing as well as three meals daily.  The KSI stipend is therefore $500 monthly for students participating with this organization.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Forward in the Fifth” tab_id=”1490646907164-2-6″][vc_single_image image=”3051″][vc_column_text]Forward in the Fifth is a grassroots organization created in 1986 by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05), business and community leaders, and educators to reverse low educational attainment rates in southern and eastern Kentucky. Forward in the Fifth is a catalyst that helps unite individuals and communities to form a structure in which positive change can occur.  We believe that education forms the foundation of individual and community prosperity.  Our mission centers around three key actions—Engage, Advocate, Support.  We engage students, families, educators and the community to advance the value of education. We do this through discussions of educational opportunities and the formation of partnerships.  We advocate for improved quality of life based on higher educational attainment. We do this by promoting lifelong learning and providing a voice in support of educational progress.  We support efforts of schools and communities to advance educational progress. We do this through quality programs such as teacher training, student mentoring, leadership events, and local action groups.  Visit to learn more.


KSI Internship Location:  Somerset, KY

KSI Internship Description:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of regional education events (e.g., student community problem-solving, college/career readiness workshops, financial literacy presentations)
  • Monitor innovation grants given to early childhood providers who desire to solve a challenge within their classroom or community
  • Coordinate family and community engagement activities (e.g., Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Asset Map Learning sessions)
  • Assist with a student mentoring program
  • Explore organizational fundraising ideas and development of an operational plan to implement
  • Design student enrichment sessions (summer and after-school) targeting health, technology, arts and culture, etc.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Idea” tab_id=”1490647066233-3-8″][vc_single_image image=”3052″][vc_column_text]Idea: Center for Excellence is a non-profit organization whose mission, in partnership with families, is to promote and advance fundamental quality education for students identified as dyslexic, or who have dyslexic characteristics, so that they might realize their full potential.  Through its tutoring program, IDEA also supports the Hickory Hill Recovery Center which helps men recover from alcohol and drug abuse.  Visit to learn more.


KSI Internship Location:  Hindman, KY

KSI Internship Description:

  • Maintain IDEA website and Facebook.
  • Communicate with IDEA Board members about activities, and report on CIA outcomes and scores.
  • Write for IDEA newsletter – Create pictures and articles.
  • Help organize tutoring sessions at Hickory Hill Recovery Center.
  • Keep records of student progress at Hickory Hill and provide tutors regular feedback after every session.
  • Take tutor training through Wilson Learning systems.
  • Maintain IDEA database.
  • Engage in virtual Professional Development with Letcher County teachers.
  • Support Floyd County after-school programs and August workshops.
  • Support public relations efforts during late September/October for Dyslexia Awareness month in October.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Pine Mountain Settlement School” tab_id=”1490647175973-4-8″][vc_single_image image=”3053″][vc_column_text]Pine Mountain Settlement School (PMSS) has been serving the communities of Harlan County and beyond through education and leadership for over 100 years.  Its flagship program integrates placed-based environmental education with traditional Appalachian arts and crafts.  Located in the beautiful mountains of Eastern Kentucky, our 800+ acre campus serves as a living laboratory for students who attend day and overnight courses.  Pine Mountain Settlement School is a designated National Historic Landmark and encompasses the Bickford State Nature Preserve, making it one of the most biodiverse and important wildlife corridors in the Southeast.  In addition to hosting K-12 and college-age school groups, Pine Mountain Settlement School also serves as a community center for local residents and offers innovative agriculture, sustainability, cultural arts, and naturalist programs for adult and family audiences.  Visit to learn more.


KSI Internship Location:  Pine Mountain, Kentucky

KSI Internship Description:

Kentucky Scholar Interns will immerse themselves in the culture, environment, and program at Pine Mountain Settlement School.  The intern will be an integral part of our staff, working directly with K-12 and adult audiences, but will also support our farm, facilities, and administrative staff with various projects, depending on the individual’s experience, interest, and availability.

  • Working with PMSS staff to support the mission of Pine Mountain and provide a safe, fun learning environment for our participants
  • Providing direct programming to K-12 students visiting the School
  • Participating in all education and safety trainings
  • Maintaining classrooms and teaching materials. This includes helping with the care of classroom animals
  • Building capacity for the organization by providing direct or administrative support for various community, agricultural, and sustainability programs.


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