DOOLEYS Community Engagement Internship Scholarship
About this scholarship
The Community Engagement Internship recognises and rewards ACU students who demonstrate a commitment to ongoing development of their knowledge and skills in community engagement. Community engagement interns take on a substantial commitment to serving the community and working in community engagement programs. The student intern will be based in Western Sydney and serve community imperatives in that area.
- The scholarship is valued at $10,000, to be paid in instalments of $5,000 per semester.
- There is one scholarship available.
Successful applicants will also be provided with:
- a work space and access to a computer in the ACU Engagement office
- an ACU Engagement mentor throughout their participation in the program
- access to all ACU Engagement seminars, workshops and other community engagement learning opportunities
- the opportunity to give a presentation on their learnings to our community partners and senior ACU Staff at the end-of-year seminar.
This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:
- Course: any ACU undergraduate degree
- Campus: North Sydney, Strathfield or Blacktown
- Year level: second year or above (as of Semester 1, 2024)
- Contributions made to community service and ACU’s Mission
Applicants will be required to provide the following as part of the application:
- Written statement of approximately 300 words outlining: your commitment to community service and how this relates to ACU’s Mission
- Letter of recommendation from an academic in support of your statement
- Letter of recommendation from a community leader in support of your statement
Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following criteria:
- Written statement
- Commitment to community engagement and the ACU Mission
Applicants will be shortlisted by the Scholarships Office, and the recipient will be determined by a selection committee. The committee will be composed of Dr Jen Azordegan (Manager, Community-Engaged Learning), Ms Caroline Allen (Senior Community Engagement Officer), and Community partner representative.
To remain eligible for this scholarship, recipients are required to maintain the following each semester for the duration of the scholarship:
- Enrolment in the same course under which the scholarship was awarded
- Minimum grade point average of at least 5.0 (credit)
- Minimum Pass grade for all units in which they were enrolled in the previous study period
- Participation in a minimum of 200 hours of community engagement activity/practicum per year with community partners of ACU Engagement (may include internally-focused engagement activities)
- Attend quarterly workshops focused on topics related to community engagement
- Electronic portfolio that displays their progress and achievements throughout their time in the CES Program
- Regular contact with their ACU Engagement mentor
Recipients will be requested to submit an Impact Statement for the donor explaining how the scholarship has assisted them. This should be submitted to the ACU Scholarships Office no later than 1 October each year.