Through the Office of Community Engagement, Earlham is able to offer Richmond Residency program, which gives students the opportunity to work with non-profit organizations in the Richmond and Whitewater Valley area.
Placements that qualify for Richmond Residency funding include a range of professional opportunities in structured environments, allowing students to apply their knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world projects.
The Richmond Residency program is donor-funded and a great option for students seeking their first hands-on professional experience through a community-engagement placement.
To qualify for Richmond Residency funding, you must:
- be enrolled at Earlham college at the time of application and during the fall semester following the internship.
have completed any ONE of these three courses by the time the program begins:
- Epic 171 Professional Foundations (0 or 1 cr.);
- Epic 126 Bonner Scholars (0 cr.), in the section offered in spring semester 2021 only; or
- ACEN 146 LIFT: College and Career Connections, open only to students in the LIFT program, taken with Jessie Pilewski (1 cr.)
Secure Your Placement
- We encourage all interested students to meet wit a Career Coach to discuss whether the program is a good fit for you.
- Look at the available placement sites (listed in the online brochure) and decide which ones are of interest to you. You will be asked to list up to three top choices.
- Using Terra Dotta, begin by completing the application to indicate your intention to participate.
- The Community Engagement team will screen applications and invite applicants to meet with contact persons from the local organizations at a fair-style event.
- One-on-one interviews will follow the meet-and-greet event. (To practice your interviewing skills, make good use of the Big Interview platform provided to all Earlham students.)
- Placements will be finalized by late April and, as soon as they are, accepted participants must complete follow-up items in their online applications, including signing all of the post-acceptance forms.
- Funding awards will be issued shortly after all of the post-acceptance forms are signed. Funds are deposited directly to your U.S. bank account. It takes a few weeks for funds to arrive after your forms are signed, so handle that step ASAP after you are notified!
- Be sure you have completed the Epic 171: Professional Foundations course (or one of the other possibilities listed above) prior to your summer placement. There is usually an online, asynchronous section in the second 7-week block of the spring semester, for students who have not yet completed it. It may be taken for 0 credit or for 1 credit.
*Please note that funding is provided in the form of a non-service fellowship award which is considered to be taxable income.
For summer 2022, initial applications are due by February 24th.