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The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions Opens Application Process for the 2022 John Smartt Summer Scholars Program!

Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, N.J., January 27, 2022 — The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is proud to open applications for the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program! We look forward to hosting the program 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, 2022 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, centered 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. 

For the first time, the John Smartt Summer Scholars program will be held in person, where interns will work on-campus 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.

“Each summer the program gets better and better,” 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. “We are delighted to host students and give them the support they need to grow in this field.” 

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/week during the six-week session of the internship. Additionally, the applicant should have an interest in conducting research related to MSIs. 

Interns will receive generous benefits such as the opportunity to produce and publish research, gain administrative experience, receive faculty mentorship, and financial compensation. This opportunity includes on-campus housing at Rutgers University—New Brunswick, a $1,500 stipend, faculty mentoring, research and professional development opportunities to expand upon your research. Selected interns will be responsible for covering their own transportation to New Brunswick as well as meals and transportation throughout the duration of the internship.

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

Apply to the John Smartt Summer Scholars Program now!

About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions 
The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. CMSI’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice (Proctor Institute) at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For more information about CMSI, please visit

Thursday, January 27, 2022
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