cholars use this page along with Summer updates provided by email and in the Robertson Bulletin.

First, read the Robertson Community Summer Description 2019Most internships in Edgecombe County, the MS Delta, and New Orleans begin on or about June 1 and last eight weeks.  A few are longer (e.g., Orleans Public Defenders and SCFP). Positions in Whitesburg generally begin mid-May and last until mid-July.

Second, below is a list of Community Summer positions. Read about Scholars' experiences on Robertson Connect--click on the Summers link. We have included some of the information from Connect on the reviews links below.

Here's the handout from the Summer Showcase 2018 (11/11/18).

Community Summer 2018 documentaries are temporarily available here.  The older documentaries were available during spring semester in both offices and are available upon request during the summer.
Mississippi Delta
Tarboro, NC
New Orleans, LA
Whitesburg, KY

Let Vicki Stocking know if you have difficulties with this page.
(last updated 6/6/2019

*Appalachian Citizens Law Center

Cowan Community Action Group/Appalachian Citizens Law Center.  Two Scholars will work with several connected organizations.  One Scholar will spend three days a week with the ACLC and two days with some combination of projects.  The second Scholar will be involved with several.  Possible organizations include Cowan Community Center/Community Agricultural and Nutritional Enterprises (CANE)/Cowan Creek Mountain Music School /Kids on the Creek Camps /City of Whitesburg Farmers Market/ Levitt-Amp Concert Series   reviews  job description

  • Josie Fulton & Amanda Padden, 2022
  • Sierra Winters, 2021
  • Kameron Sedigh, 2020; Lucy Best & George Elliott, 2019
  • Henrik Cox & McNair Mitchener, 2018; Graham Adeson, 2017; Jamal Edwards, 2016; Lydia Thurman, 2015; Eli Hornstein, 2014
*Appalshop

Appalshop-new combined position for 2019--Seedtime Festival & WMMT + Anne Braden, Southern Patriot  reviews    job description 2019

  • Theo Holt, 2022
  • Mikey Muller, 2021
  • Stephen Buys, 2020; Kat Tan, 2019; Kya Sorli, 2018
  • Arjun Raghavan & Nate Wagner, 2017; Joe Calder, 2016; Spencer Dahl, 2015; Ben Barge, 2013
Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Ashe Cultural Arts Center  New for 2019!  We have more details.  Talk to Vicki if you're interested.

  • Fridah Mbwaya, 2022
*Breakthrough Collaborative New Orleans

Breakthrough Collaborative--New Orleans   reviews   Summer dates are 5/28-7/25/2019.

  • De'Ivyion Drew, Montana Lee, 2022
  • Patrick Clinch & Ben Keegan, 2021
  • Sydney Adams, Brock Schoenwald, Becca Sullenger, Brooke Porter, 2020
  • Henry Feng, Gentry Fitch, Matthew Kaplan, Mia King,  2019; Persis Bhadha, Eric Qian, Cait Rosica, 2018; Mark Dawson & Sofia Stafford, 2017; Pranav Haravu & Sowmya Mangipudi, 2016; James Collier & Katie Jordan, 2015; Ned Hardison, Aaron Lutkowitz, & Thomas Pendlebury, 2014
*Center for Rural Strategies

Center for Rural Strategies    reviews      job description 2019 
Read this from the Executive Director of CRS.  This position includes working with the Daily Yonder.  Read this article on media porn.  Read this about Stefanie Feldman (Duke '10), whose summer with CRS set her on a policy path including law school and years of working with Joe Biden. She is now on the board of CRS.

  • Charlie Zong, 2022
  • Merrit Jones, 2021
  • Rose Farah & Beza Gebramariam, 2020; Vishnu Ramanchandran, 2019
  • Claire Boyd & Emily Goldstein, 2018; Abby Gay & Savannah Wooten, 2017; Nadine Goldberg, 2016; Jefferson Sinclair, 2015; Alex Bloedel, 2014; Travis Crayton, 2013; Lauren Linn, 2011;  Stefanie Feldman, 2010
*Delta Arts Alliance

Delta Arts Alliance   reviews  job descriptions for two positions

  • Lilly Clark & Matt Sullivan, 2022
  • Kyle Ryan & Allayne Thomas, 2021
  • Nonnie Egbuna, 2020; Brennan Lewis, 2019
  • Sydney McAuliffe, 2018; Christina Schmidt, 2017
*Delta Center for Culture and Learning

Delta Center for Culture and Learning  reviews  job description 2019 workshop announcement 6/16-6/22 & 7/7-7/14   Scholars' (amazing) portfolios  

  • Carsten Pran & Kamryn Washington, 2022
  • Lawton Ives & Jake Sheridan, 2021
  • Peter Andringa & Cara Price, 2020; Kyra Extervich-Rubin & Trey Walk, 2019
  • Brady Gilliam & Amy Kramer, 2018; Anna Mukamal & Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi, 2017; Rachel Anderson, 2016; Minhazul Islam, 2015; John Guzek, 2014; Jessica Broadus & Tori Wilmarth, 2013; Hilary Henry & Amir Malek, 2012; Ken Lee, 2011; Kristin Hill & David Sneed, 2009
*Dress for Success New Orleans

Dress for Success New Orleans  reviews   job description and instructions

  • Clare Love & Niharika Vattikonda, 2022
  • Mary Ashley Murrah, 2021
  • Annie Dempsey, 2020; Myla Swallow, 2019
  • Alexandra Hehlen, 2018
* Edgecombe County Health Department/Outreach and Evaluation Intern

Edgecombe County Health Department/Outreach and Evaluation Intern  reviews job description--focus on opioid epidemic  ENCIP  Not reserved for Robertsons for 2020, but Robertsons are invited to apply

  • Sophia Ramirez, 2022
  • Katherine Gan, 2021
  • Ralph Lawton, 2020
Edgecomb County Tourism Development Authority
Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine

Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine reviews  job description 2019

  • Brady Hanshaw & Anshu Mohan, 2022
  • Meghana Iragavarapu, 2021
  • Samia Daghestani, 2020
*GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi  review  job description 2019  New full-time position for 2019!

  • Jemma Frost & Bennett Stillerman, 2022
  • Antonia Young, 2021
*Habitat for Humanity New Orleans

Habitat for Humanity, New Orleans area reviews volunteer guide    FAQs

  • Kalley Huang & Joel Kim, 2022
  • Zoe King and Mary Laci Motley, 2021
  • Cameron Beach & Tom Wanty, 2020; Erica Johnson & Duncan Parsons, 2019
*Hazard Trial Office, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

Hazard Trial Office, Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy reviews job description and instructions  

  • Weston Lindner & Elise van den Hoek, 2022
  • Leland Ben, 2021
  • Georgia Lala, 2020; Jermaine Bryant, 2019
  • Josh Neuhaus, 2018; Frank Jiang, 2017
HOMES (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service)

HOMES (Housing Oriented Ministries Established for Service)   job description  New for 2019- this position will involve marketing, working on builds, connecting with volunteers, storytelling, publicity, creating "buzz"

  • Ben Rees, 2022
*Letcher County Culture Hub

Letcher County Culture Hub   review   job description and instructions    New Executive Director--exciting position for 2019!  

  • Rachel Maunus, 2022
  • Clare Bradshaw, 2021
*Orleans Public Defenders

Orleans Public Defenders  reviews  job description and instructions 2019

  • Watch this from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and  read this
  • Cher Hu & Sam Zahn, 2022
  • A. G. Chancellor & Gramal Ralph, 2021
  • Evan Rodgers & Priya Sridhar, 2020; Kalif Jeremiah, Ellie Rodriguez, Elle Winfield & Daya Uppal, 2019
  • Andre Domingues & Jackson Skeen, 2018; Hunter Baehren & David Spratte, 2017; Daniel Lim, 2016;  Emelyn Erickson & Joyce Lau, 2015
* Rural Opportunity Institute Research Intern
*St. Gabriel's Mercy Center

St. Gabriel's Mercy Center   reviews  job description 2018

  • Read this from The Chronicle from Daniel Strunk (Duke '14)!
  • Jia Dua & Aaron Williams, 2022
  • Rahi Patel & Antonia Young, 2021
  • Esosa Asemota & Dikenna Ogbu, 2020; Rachael Murtagh & Visrut Sudhakar, 2019
  • Ben Ayto, Lizzy Zhao, & Liv Linn, 2018; Virginia Hamilton & Jacob Olliffe, 2017; James Smith, 2016; Julian Borrey & Minali Nigam, & Loren Shealey, 2015; Deo Fagnisse, Daniel Strunk, & Kat Zhang, 2014; Tom Atwood, Antonio Jackson, & Yesi Pedro Vicente, 2013; Josh Evans, Braveen Ragununthan, & Nina Woolley, 2012; Amanda Johnson & Robyn Levine, 2011 ; Desiree Lagrappe & Winn Seay, 2010
*Sunflower County Freedom Project

Sunflower County Freedom Project  reviews   job descriptions Dates 5/23-7/28/19

  • Tamira Daniely, Bennett David, & Ruth Fetaw, 2022
  • Liza Becker, Adam Enggasser, Naraya Price, 2021
  • Trenton Bricken, Rasheca Logendran, Aakash Thumaty, 2020
  • Ray Pryor, Rohan Sheth, Scott Emmons, 2019; Maya Durvasala, Matthew King, Chinmay Pandit, & Chandler Phillips, 2018; Sebastian Baquerizo, Brooke Davies, & Griffin Unger, 2017; Joanna Kuang, Mehul Mehta, & Jacob Rosenberg, 2016; Dolly Adelekun & Oren Bukspan, 2015; Margaret Brown, Blake O'Connor, & Jacob Robinson, 2014; Jake Lerner, Jagir Patel, & Lexi Wallace, 2013; Matthew Clayton, Erin Convery, Kimi Goffe, & Alison Kibbe, 2012; Chris Clayman & Alexis Dennis, 2011; Joseph Long, 2010; Lily Kurland, 2009
*Vidant Health Care Advance Planning

Vidant Health Advance Care Planning  reviews reserved for Robertsons 2020 job description and application  ENCIP Watch this

  • Olivia Olsher, 2022
  • Adam Ushpol, 2021
  • Divya Mahesh, 2020

SUMMER 2019 Logistics

Memo of Understanding Complete this with your Mentor and return to Meera Jayaraman by June 17, 2019.

Mississippi Delta
  • Ms. Lee Aylward and Dr. Rolando Herts at the Delta Center connected us to this house at 600 West Sunflower Rd Cleveland MS 38732. House is available 5/22-8/1/19.
  • We have a rented storage unit that has furniture, household items, etc.  McNeer Mini-Storage is at 111 Ronaldman Road in Cleveland; Unit 1842; entry code 9206*; combination 27-37-23.

Some readings:

  • Cobb, J. C. (1992). The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity. NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Kunzru, H. (2017). The Blues Still Stand for AuthenticityThe Guardian.
  • Moye, J. T. (2004). Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986. Chapel Hill: UNC Press.
New Orleans
  • Dawn Wheelahan is the homeowner (dwheelahan@gmail.com) of 1614 Valmont St and is a fantastic resource for all Robertsons. House available 5/31-7/31/2019.
  • There is one parking spot in the garage and plenty on the street.
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms. The house is furnished, including bath and bed linens, kitchen cookware/dishware/utensils, and clothes washers and dryers.
  • 2223 Soniat Street  House available 5/26-7/27/2019. Will accommodate 5 Scholars.
Tarboro, NC
  • Scholars live in a cozy home at 111 West Church Street. The house will be available June and July until Freedom School ends early August.

Some readings:

  • Read about disaster recovery in Edgecombe County here and here.
Whitesburg, Kentucky
  • Two houses: 100 Bridge Street and 36 Vermillion Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858; the second is. Delta Craft will be your contact--(606) 633-5987.  The houses include kitchenware and linens. Available mid-May to end of July.
  • Scholars who fly generally go into the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Older Scholars will have good tips about travel.

Some readings:

Mental Health Resources

These are some nontraditional options that other Scholars have found helpful. It’s not a comprehensive list, but these have helped students move in the right direction with mental health.

BetterHelp: This app matches you with a licensed counselor for a long-term or short-term counseling relationship over the Internet. You can write in messages and receive answers, and schedule a phone call or video session. $40 - $70 a week.

Talkspace: Another app that matches you with a licensed counselor to reach out to 1-2 times a day, with the ability to add a video chat. Begins at $49 a week.

7Cups*: The free version of this app connects you to caring listeners (who aren’t professionals) for emotional support. The paid version (with professionals) starts at $33/week.

What’s Up?*: This app uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods and gives you strategies to ground yourself and cope.

Mood Kit*: Uses a foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and provides users with over 200 mood improvement activities.

*= Not a professional healthcare provider.

Recent Positions Not Available or Filled for Summer 2020

Recent Positions Not Available or Filled for Community Summer 2019

AID Atlanta  Lauren Winston, 2014; Abby DelBianco, 2013
Appalshop/Sitting on Top of the World  Sumeet Padwardhan, 2017; Sophia Sennett, 2016; Ben Hatt, 2015; Hunter Douglas, 2013; Emma Miller, 2012; Ryan Brown, 2011
Atlanta Childrens Shelter Brenna Cukier, 2015; Lex Janes, 2011; Daron Sharps, 2010.
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Ryan Boone, 2013; Spencer Kuzmier, 2012;  Michael Althoff & Eric Anderson, 2010
Audubon Institute   Jacob Key, 2022; Matt Smith & Brandon Wacaser, 2021; Harry Elworthy & Noah Mancuso, '19; Philip Howard & Sam Kelly, '18; Nick Johnston, '17; Michael Yang, '16; Krissi Fajgenbaum, '15  reviews
Belle Reve Annie Evans, 2021; Annie Gonzales, 2020; Forest Cummings-Taylor, 2019; Miriam Singer, 2018; Muna Yussuf, 2017; Annie Helbling, 2014; Soroush Pour, 2014; Olly Wilson, 2012; Anthony Sawyer, 2010  reviews
Bolivar Medical Center/Steven Clark, M.D. Rimel Mwamba, 2018; Kenneth Barshop, 2012; Eric Butter, 2011
Breakthrough Collaborative Atlanta Zack Tracer, 2011;  Nandini Kumar, 2010
Cafe Reconcile  Ian Muriuki, 2018; Chi-Chi Amanze, 2017; Evan Lumbra, 2016; Woojin Kim, 2015; Andrew Sugrue, 2011
Center for Employment Opportunities  Tafadzwa Matika, 2016
City of Cleveland MS, City Planning Office  Mark Botterill, 2017
Cowan Creek Community Center and Music School Shafali Jalota, 2017
Coopwood Communications Jaclyn Lee & Tierney Maray, 2017
Crescent City Farmers Market Chaya Bhat, 2019; Maire Amlicke, 2018; Elle Wilson, 2017; Tom Cole, 2016; Caroline Leland, 2015; Alik Belokopytov, 2014; Caitlin Nettleton, 2013; Austin Stanion, 2012; Liz Deane, 2011
Delta Music Institute  reviews Warner Lamar, 2021; Michael Zhang, 2020
Delta Players Sanmi Oyenuga, 2017
ENCIP Conetoe Family Life Center and Community Farm Emily Kian, Matt Schaefer, 2020
ENCIP Edgecombe County Public Schools Innovation  Serena Lim-Strutt, 2021
ENCIP Edgecombe County Manager's Office Joseph Touma, 2021
ENCIP Michael's Angels Girls Empowerment Program Michelle Nandi, 2021
ENCIP Town of Tarboro/Tarboro Development Corporation/Communications Intern   new for 2019
ENCIP Tarboro Mental Health Advocacy   new for 2019  focus on employment issues sponsored by Tarboro Pediatric Psychiatry
Environmental Defense Fund Anne Burke Baldridge, AJ Hatzis , & Fedor Kossakovski, 2016
Georgia Justice Project
James Band, 2016; Paige Muggeridge, 2015; Caiti Slattery, 2014; Victoria Bennett, 2013; Jennifer Paxton, 2012; Joy Lampkin, 2011; Chetan Jhaveri, 2009; Carson Denny, 200
Good Work Network reviews  Nate Miller, 2021; Christina Boghosian, 2020; Sreya Atluri, 2019; Andrew Brennen & Ogechi Onyeka, 2018; Kasper Kubica & Monique LaBorde, 2017; Devin Solanki, 2016; John Bowman, 2015; Wilson Orr, 2014; Joyce Yu,  2013; Caroline Fairchild, 2012; Tim Thomson, 2011
Gulf Restoration Network Eliza Harrison, 2019; Nari Ely, Moe Long, & Megan Morikawa, 2012.
Hagar's House  Hannah Godefa, 2019
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and Headwaters   Ian Jaffe, 2019; Michelle Moffa, 2018; Ajeet Hansra, 2014; Elizabeth Lynch, 2013; Stella Dee, 2012
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools      Diandra Dwyer, 2018; Sarah Rutherford, 2015; Alpha Tessema, 2013; Jennifer Zwilling, 2012
Liberty City CDC Catalina Berenblum, 2019; Philip Moss & Matthew Waller, 2018; Robert Sewell, 2014; Harrison Hines, 2012.
Liberty's Kitchen    Ben Boyd, 2018; Brent Comstock & Kassra Homaifar, 2017
Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, Bologna Performing Arts Center, Rachel Freedman, 2017; Amit Dodani, 2019
Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, Wilson Guo, 2019
PAVE Academy 
Dimeji Abidoye & Tom Prebble, 2016
Peacemakers Freedom Schools/Teacher   ENCIP  Anjali Gupta & Naira Ikram, 2022; Hanna Watson, 2020 review 
Refugee Family Services Abdul Latif & Grace Oathout, 2016; Jillian Froelick & Gift Nyikayaramba, 2015;  Kelsey Woodford, 2013; Bernard Worthy, 2010; Kiley Robbins, 2009; Alex Snider, 2008
Wiljax Gallery for Southern Photography  Charlotte McKay, 2017