What to Expect

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Civic Scholar Alex Amato interned with the Madison Volunteer First Aid Squad.

Year Two

  • Complete a 2-credit (70 hour) Civic Internship with a non-profit or government agency.
  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of service benefiting communities beyond Drew’s campus each year (at least 50 hours completed while classes are in session at Drew).
  • Complete three half-day Civic Skills Workshops led by experienced facilitators. This year’s workshops are Working in Teams, Planning to Action, What Works and How (Do You Know?).

A Few of our Sophomore Civic Internship Placements:

 American Red CrossArts by the PeopleDress for Success, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Great Swamp Watershed AssociationGrow it Green, Morristown Neighborhood House,  Madison AmbulanceTownship of Morristown; Office of Sustainability, Morris County Court House, Morristown Medical CenterMuseum of Early Trades and CraftsNJ AudubonNJ Pediatric Neuroscience Institute, Philadelphia ZooSenator Cory Booker, Sesame Street Workshop Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced ChildrenThird Street AllianceW!SE.

Sophomore Internships

As part of their Year Two requirement, Civic Scholars complete a 2-credit, 70-hour civic internship with a non-profit or government agency. The opportunity provides professional experience, vocational exploration, in-depth work in an issue or area of interest, and the chance to provide a significant amount of assistance to an organization. Because the internship comes early in their academic career, many of our Civic Scholars choose to do multiple internships over their remaining years at Drew.


Civic Scholar ’17 Victoria Emm landed an internship with Senator Corey Book of New Jersey. During her time in the Senator’s office, she constituent services for the senator. Her tasks included advocating for residents of his district, writing memos about international and domestic issues and participating in events, such as one announcing the awarding of a federal grant to the East Orange Fire Department.  She also attended presentations from officials at the FBI, Secret Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Civic Scholar C’17 Samantha Lacey created a drama therapy program for Third Street Alliance‘s “Sharing the Caring” program in Easton PA, a day-care program for the elderly with neurodegenerative dementia for her sophomore civic internship. The internship confirmed her choice of pursuing majors in psychology and neuroscience, and in her interest in working with seniors.

Civic Scholar C’18 Olivia Blondheim completed her Sophomore civic internship at NJ Audubon’s Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary where she monitored the Wood Turtle population by marking and fitting the females with radio transmitters to help identify critical nesting and foraging sites that may require further preservation. She matured as a scientist, gained valuable resume-worthy experience, and received additional confirmation of her career goals of field work in the area of marine biology.