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The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions Opens Application Process for the 2021 John Smartt Summer Scholars Program!

Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, NJ (January 28, 2021)—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is proud to open applications for the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program! As last year’s program was a success for our selected scholars, we look forward to hosting it once again for all master’s students who are interested in gaining professional experience, networking with scholars in the field of higher education, and learning essential research skills related to equity and leadership in higher education. Applications are now open and will close on February 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. 

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, centers on the scholarship and programs of CMSI, will offer selected interns practical research skills that will help them as they move forward in their careers. 

"I am proud to work with the Center for Minority Serving Institutions as we hold this internship program once again,” shared John Smartt.

Interns will work remotely for six weeks alongside the Center’s professional and research staff, will have access to faculty mentoring, and will gain experience with research, including opportunities to develop and publish their scholarship. 

“We had such a remarkable experience with our JSSS interns this past summer. We take great pride in helping our interns grow to become the best professionals and researchers that they can possibly be,” says Marybeth Gasman, the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center of Minority Serving Institutions, and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair, and a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be a master’s student and be seeking research and administrative experience. The applicant must also be available to work 19.5 hours during the six-week session of the internship. Additionally, the applicant should have an interest in conducting research on MSIs. 

Interns will receive generous benefits such as the opportunity to produce and publish research, faculty mentoring, the opportunity to gain administrative experience, and financial compensation. 

Future updates about the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program will be announced on  

Apply to the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program here!

Thursday, January 28, 2021
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