Rutgers GSE CMSI

The John Smartt Summer Scholars Program

The John Smartt Summer Scholars Program is an internship program developed by the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. The program provides interested master’s students with the opportunity to gain professional experience, network with scholars in the field of higher education, and learn essential research skills related to equity and leadership in higher education. 

The John Smartt Summers Scholars program is named in honor of CMSI longtime supporter and philanthropist, John Smartt, and seeks to recruit ambitious individuals who demonstrate an interest in learning more about Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and those who exemplify self-determination. The internship, centered on the scholarship and programs of CMSI, will offer selected interns practical and research skills that will help them as they move forward in their careers.

Interns will receive generous benefits including on-campus housing at Rutgers University—New Brunswick, a $1,500 stipend, faculty mentoring, and the opportunity to gain administrative experience. Interns will also receive a special invitation to attend ELEVATE, our professional development program for early-career faculty from MSIs. 

Selected interns will be responsible for covering their own transportation to New Brunswick, NJ, transportation during the duration of the program, and meals.

All application materials are due no later than February 28, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The online application may be accessed here. Please be sure to submit all of the following materials by the application deadline: 

  • A completed online application 
  • A strong personal statement should be no longer than 4,500 characters and should highlight what you expect to learn from the opportunity and how it relates to your research and career goals 
  • An uploaded CV/resume 

Learn more about the program here. 

Apply for this year's cohort here.