The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is pleased to announce our Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Call for Proposals for the 2018-19 academic year!

Since the Jean O’Connor-Snyder Internship Program (JOIP) began in 2008, the DMC has partnered with 11 of Alabama’s colleges and universities, nearly 180 students, and communities across the state to create unique community-based learning experiences. These experiences provide college students the opportunity to collaborate with community members in addressing common concerns through the use of deliberative practices. Each internship is a unique partnership between the DMC, an institution of higher education, and a community partner. Download the call for proposals here.

Student Eligibility:

We believe students can apply an immersive civic learning experience to any field of study. Our interns come from fields of study including economics, history, social work, sociology, medicine, political science, communications, English, peace studies, journalism, and foreign language. Faculty mentors interviewing potential interns should request a resume and a statement of purpose. 

For information on recent intern projects, visit Auburn University’s Living Democracy and Walker County’s Daily Mountain Eagle series. Learn more about Mrs. Jean O’Connor-Snyder’s legacy here.

To Apply:

Interested faculty should submit a proposal to DMC internship coordinator Rebecca Cleveland at The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, June 15, 2018, 5 p.m. CST. Interested students at one of our participating institutions should contact the faculty mentor (scroll down). We encourage interested students at an institution of higher education not on the current list to identify a potential faculty mentor. Contact Rebecca with any questions.

Faculty Mentors & Current Participating Institutions:

The University of Alabama’s New College: John Miller

The University of Alabama’s Honors College

Auburn University’s Living Democracy: Dr. Mark Wilson and Professor Nan Fairley

Spring Hill College’s Foley Community Service Center: Dr. Erik Goldschmidt

Alabama A&M University: Ms. Monica Clarke

University of Alabama at Birmingham: David Dada

 – Written by Rebecca Cleveland, Program Director