Trent Lott Leadership Institute

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 Summer Internship Opportunities Available Now

Three nine-week summer internships have been funded through the generosity of the Lott Leadership Institute, Office of the Provost, Sally McDonnel Barksdale Honors College, and the University of Mississippi.

All internships named below include a $2,000 living expense stipend and are competitive application processes.

Pending funding, a 4th position may be made available through the Meridian Freedom Project. Applications made for the three available positions will qualify those interested for consideration in the selection of the University’s representation in Meridian.

Students of all majors and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

The Sunflower County Freedom Project

2018 Freedom Summer Internship

Job Announcement: ​The​ ​Sunflower​ ​County​ ​Freedom​ ​Project​ ​seeks​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​motivated,​ ​dynamic​ ​individual​ ​with​ ​strong leadership,​ ​time​ ​management,​ ​and​ ​communication​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​our​ ​intern​ ​team​ ​this​ ​summer.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​two different​ ​positions​ ​available.​ ​Please​ ​email​ ​a​ ​resume​ ​and​ ​cover​ ​letter​ ​with​ ​two​ ​references​ ​to​ ​(Subject​ ​Line:​ ​“SCFP​ ​FS18​ ​Internship”).​ ​In​ ​this​ ​email​ ​please​ ​reference​ ​which​ ​position​ ​you are​ ​interested​ ​in.

The Freedom Project: The​ ​Freedom​ ​Project​ ​is​ ​an​ ​independent​ ​non-profit​ ​organization​ ​dedicated​ ​to​ ​educational excellence​ ​and​ ​leadership​ ​development​ ​in​ ​Mississippi​ ​with​ ​three​ ​locations​ ​in​ ​Sunflower​ ​County​ ​(est​ ​1998),​ ​Meridian​ ​(est 2013),​ ​and​ ​Rosedale​ ​(est​ ​2016).​ ​We​ ​use​ ​the​ ​history​ ​and​ ​spirit​ ​of​ ​the​ ​1960s​ ​freedom​ ​struggle​ ​to​ ​motivate​ ​young​ ​people​ ​to become​ ​capable​ ​and​ ​compassionate​ ​leaders​ ​in​ ​their​ ​communities.​ We invite you to visit our websites to learn more.

Description:​ ​Freedom​ ​Project​ ​Summer​ ​2018​ ​Teacher-Advisor​ ​Position

1.​ ​Teaching:​ ​For​ ​the​ ​month​ ​of​ ​June​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​assistant-teaching​ ​in​ ​one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​main​ ​academic​ ​courses​ ​(either​ ​reading, math,​ ​or​ ​rhetoric)​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​leading​ ​one​ ​elective​ ​class​ ​(subjects​ ​and​ ​topics​ ​determined​ ​by​ ​skills,​ ​passions,​ ​and interests​ ​of​ ​Freedom​ ​Summer​ ​2018​ ​team).​ ​In​ ​both​ ​instances,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​share​ ​responsibility​ ​for​ ​planning​ ​lessons, leading​ ​classes,​ ​and​ ​mentoring​ ​students.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​receive​ ​extensive​ ​formal​ ​feedback​ ​and​ ​support​ ​from​ ​a​ ​mentor teacher​ ​and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​reaching​ ​rigorous​ ​academic​ ​growth​ ​goals​ ​for​ ​our​ ​students.

2.​ ​Leading:​ ​You​ ​will​ ​travel​ ​with​ ​the​ ​SCFP​ ​on​ ​one​ ​camping​ ​trip​ ​in​ ​the​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​July.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​travel​ ​to​ ​civil​ ​rights​ ​sites​ ​in the​ ​south,​ ​visit​ ​museum,​ ​and​ ​camp​ ​in​ ​state​ ​parks.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​small-group​ ​leader​ ​during​ ​trip,​ ​focusing​ ​on mentoring​ ​and​ ​problem-solving​ ​with​ ​students.​ ​During​ ​our​ ​final​ ​trip,​ ​a​ ​week-long​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Mississippi, you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​teaching​ ​an​ ​enrichment​ ​course​ ​of​ ​your​ ​choosing.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​leading breakout​ ​groups​ ​and​ ​team​ ​activities​ ​for​ ​a​ ​small​ ​cohort​ ​of​ ​students.

Description:​ ​Freedom​ ​Project​ ​Summer​ ​2018​ ​Media​ ​and​ ​Logistics​ ​Intern​ ​Position

1. Media​ ​and​ ​Logistics:​ ​For​ ​the​ ​month​ ​of​ ​June​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​assisting​ ​the​ ​executive​ ​director​ ​in​ ​documenting​ ​Freedom Summer​ ​programming.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​include​ ​daily​ ​social​ ​media​ ​posts,​ ​photography,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​developing​ ​of​ ​institutional and​ ​promotional​ ​material.​ ​Additionally,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​assist​ ​the​ ​executive​ ​director​ ​and​ ​program​ ​directors​ ​with​ ​logistical matters​ ​including,​ ​but​ ​not​ ​limited​ ​to,​ ​transportation,​ ​meals,​ ​classroom​ ​supply​ ​management,​ ​and​ ​trip​ ​preparations.

2. ​ ​​Leading:​ ​You​ ​will​ ​travel​ ​on​ ​both​ ​camping​ ​trips​ ​in​ ​July​ ​and​ ​for​ ​our​ ​final​ ​week​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Mississippi.​ ​During these​ ​trips​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​documenting​ ​the​ ​student​ ​experience​ ​and​ ​creating​ ​promotional​ ​material​ ​for the​ ​SCFP.​ ​Additionally,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​assist​ ​the​ ​executive​ ​director​ ​and​ ​program​ ​directors​ ​with​ ​trip​ ​logistics​ ​and​ ​student engagement​ ​and​ ​management.

**​ ​For​ ​the​ ​Media​ ​and​ ​Logistics​ ​Intern​ ​position​ ​we​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​applicants​ ​with​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​social​ ​media​ ​production, and​ ​familiarity​ ​with​ ​programs​ ​such​ ​as​ ​InDesign,​ ​iMovie,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​photography​ ​platforms.​ ​It​ ​would​ ​be​ ​ideal​ ​if​ ​the applicant​ ​had​ ​their​ ​own​ ​photography​ ​equipment​ ​available​ ​for​ ​use.


  • Committed​ ​to​ ​social​ ​and​ ​racial​ ​justice
  • Enjoys​ ​working​ ​with​ ​kids​ ​(twelve​ ​to​ ​sixteen​ ​years​ ​of​ ​age)
  • Excellent​ ​interpersonal​ ​and​ ​communication​ ​skills
  • Flexible,​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​work​ ​long​ ​and/or​ ​irregular​ ​hours;​ ​can​ ​work​ ​well​ ​in​ ​less-structured​ ​environments
  • Receptive​ ​to​ ​critical​ ​feedback​ ​and​ ​purposeful​ ​about​ ​implementing​ ​solutions
  • Organized;​ ​able​ ​to​ ​track​ ​student​ ​achievement​ ​data​ ​using​ ​excel​ ​and​ ​make​ ​decisions​ ​based​ ​on​ ​data
  • Desire​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​teaching​ ​and​ ​nonprofit​ ​management
  • Energetic
  • Committed​ ​to​ ​serving​ ​others
  • Team-oriented
  • Patient,​ ​driven  


Approximate​ ​dates​ ​for​ ​the​ ​program:

  • May 23rd:  Move in Day
  • May​ ​24​th​-June​ ​1:​ ​Orientation​ ​and​ ​Training
  • June​ ​4​th​-​ ​July​ ​27​th​:​ ​Programming
  • July​ ​28​th​:​ ​Check​ ​Out


Begin​ ​your​ ​application​ ​by​ ​completing​ ​the​ ​survey​ ​at:​ ​

This​ ​is​ ​an​ ​unpaid​ ​internship.​ ​We​ ​encourage​ ​ALL​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​as​ ​we​ ​are​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​interns​ ​to​ ​seek​ ​funding​ ​through their​ ​universities​ ​or​ ​other​ ​external​ ​sources.​ ​Housing​ ​will​ ​be​ ​arrange​ ​for​ ​all​ ​summer​ ​staff,​ ​however,​ ​rent​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the responsibility​ ​of​ ​the​ ​intern.

Applicants​ ​from​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Mississippi​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Robertson​ ​Scholars​ ​Program​ ​will​ ​have​ ​unique​ ​funding​ ​and​ ​housing arrangements.​ ​More​ ​details​ ​will​ ​be​ ​available​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​selection​ ​process.

Applications​ ​will​ ​be​ ​reviewed​ ​as​ ​they​ ​are​ ​received.​ ​Due​ ​to​ ​the​ ​competitive​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​this​ ​process,​ ​incomplete applications​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​considered.​ ​Similar​ ​internships​ ​are​ ​available​ ​at​ ​our​ ​sister​ ​sites​ ​in​ ​Meridian​ ​and​ ​Rosedale​ ​and​ ​we may​ ​ask​ ​qualified​ ​applicants​ ​to​ ​consider​ ​serving​ ​at​ ​these​ ​sites.


Greenville Renaissance Scholars 

Summer Internship

Job Announcement: The Greenville Renaissance Scholars seek self-motivated, passionate leaders to work as instructional mentors during the 2017 Renaissance camp for emerging leaders.

The Greenville Renaissance Scholars: The Greenville Renaissance Scholars Program is an educational non-profit organization based in Greenville, Mississippi. The mission of GRS is to inspire, motivate and prepare middle school students in the Greenville area to succeed on a college track. GRS was founded in 2007 by a group of local citizens responding to the clear need for academic enrichment and increased exposure to higher education for the area’s youth. Students apply to join GRS in the spring of their sixth-grade year. Upon acceptance into the program, students are invited to Camp Renaissance, our rigorous five-week summer program. The purpose of Camp Renaissance is to augment academic skills and leadership skills and to encourage interest in a particular art form. Students participate in the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop (language arts), Research and Analysis (math), and the Leadership Laboratory in the morning. In the afternoon, students participate in one of three art programs: drama, visual arts, or dance.

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Description: Selected interns will coordinate daily activities for participants in Camp Renaissance with the end goal of providing leadership development opportunities to students.


  • Enjoys working with kids (eleven to sixteen years of age)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexible, willing to work long and/or irregular hours; can work well in less-structured environments
    Organized; able to track student achievement data using excel and make decisions based on data
  • Desire to learn more about teaching and nonprofit management
  • Energetic
  • Committed to serving others
  • Team-oriented
  • Patient, driven and receptive to critical feedback and purposeful about implementing solutions

Apply for Greenville Renaissance Scholars 2017

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