Trent Lott Leadership Institute

Motivate. Captivate. Inspire. Engage.

 Summer Internship Opportunities Available Now

The Hertog Foundation offers several highly competitive and selective educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United States. We offer programs in three main areas: Political Thought & Philosophy; War & Foreign Affairs; and Economics & Domestic Policy.

If you could study with some of the world’s top thinkers on some of the world’s most important topics – war and grand strategy, economic policy, or political thought and philosophy – which would you choose?

Each year, the Hertog Foundation brings together top college students to the nation’s capital to explore the theory and practice of politics in an intensive seminar setting with outstanding faculty.

This summer’s offerings provide students the flexibility to create their ideal summer experience – by applying for a seven-week summer fellowship or choosing among one to two week seminars to create their own individualized course of study.  Applications due February 11, 2020


Three nine-week summer internships at the Sunflower County Freedom Project have been funded through the generosity of the Lott Leadership Institute, Office of the Provost, and the Sally McDonnel Barksdale Honors College.

Two 5 week internships at the Greenville Renaissance Scholars program are funded through the generosity of the Office of College Programs in the Division of Outreach.  These internships are now taking applications and carry a $1,500 living stipend.  See more below and Apply for Greenville Renaissance Scholars 2018.

Greenville Renaissance Scholars 

2018 Summer Internship

Job Announcement: The Greenville Renaissance Scholars seek self-motivated, passionate leaders to work as instructional mentors during the 2018 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.

Dates:  Interns must be available May 30-June 29, 2018

Responsibilities include:

  • Work full-time preparing for camp the week before camp begins.
  • Help coordinate off/on-site trips while ensuring the fun and safety of all participants.
  • Directly supervise day camp Scholars.
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of Scholars at all times.
  • Facilitate high-energy, fun, and creative activities to be used in short breaks during the day.
  • Fill out incident reports (if any).


  • Working towards a college degree in education, social work or related field
  • Strengths in organization, detail and open to assisting programming in a variety of ways
  • Preferred experience working with children in an educational setting
  • Flexible, trustworthy, creative, and positive; a leader who works well in teams, is performance-oriented, inspiring, energetic, organized, detail-oriented, communicative, fun-loving, and a good problem solver.

Apply for Greenville Renaissance Scholars 2018



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.