Two CoJMC students participate in Rural Fellows internship program

Monday, June 5, 2023 - 4:00pm

Rural Prosperity Nebraska kicked off the 10th season of its Rural Fellows internship program on June 5. Twenty one students will live in 10 rural communities across the state, working on community development projects that range from public health to downtown creative arts districts.

Two CoJMC students will participate in the Rural Fellows internship program; Bobby Coleman, an advertising and public relations major from California, Maryland and Marissa Lindemann, a broadcasting major from Nevada, Iowa. Coleman will serve in Sidney and Lindemann in Box Butte County.

The Rural Fellows program places university students in Nebraska communities for seven weeks each summer to work with local leaders on community-designed projects. All students receive real-world education in the workforce and experience life in rural communities, which they have been preparing for since February.

Additionally, both student fellows and community leaders involved with the program receive leadership coaching. Among other skills, local leaders increase their capacity to draw from the diverse voices in their communities and enact more inclusive practices to complete their community projects.

Student fellows will be in their communities from May 31 to July 21, with a final presentation ceremony scheduled for July 28.

For more information on the Rural Fellows program, including the application process and project highlights from previous years, click here.

Read more about this year’s Rural Fellows internship program from Nebraska Today.

Bobby Coleman, Marissa Lindemann
Bobby Coleman, Marissa Lindemann