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Richard Sager Internship Summer Social Action Awards

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Steps to Take | Past Recipients

Available Awards and Internships

The Summer Social Action Awards (S2A2) support students in the current sophomore and junior classes to spend ten weeks, full time (35 hours per week) performing advocacy and/or service through a host non-profit organization. All students are encouraged to attend information sessions (see list below), spend some time during the fall semester and winter break identifying possible internship hosts, and prepare an application for the S2A2 program. Financial support includes a weekly stipend to offset modest living expenses, and the provision of the summer earnings requirement. In the summer of 2010, the total S2A2 support was $4,350.00 per selected student.

The Richard Sager Internship, administered through the S2A2 program, supports one student interested in working with a non-profit organizational host whose mission focuses on LGBTQ issues. While the Sager Internship funds can only provide support for one student per summer, please note that applications are evaluated on their own merits. Therefore, more than one student who has been offered a full-time placement with an LGBTQ organization may serve through a "general" S2A2 grant. Students applying as a result of their academic involvement in the Gender and Sexuality Studies program may also be funded through a Nason grant, which funds students who are proposing to do work which relates to their academic studies.

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Steps to Take

Read about the S2A2 and CCF awards on the Lang Center web site.

Fall Break - research possible site hosts. You may serve near "home", near Swarthmore, or as far away as your imagination and travel budget will allow. The award does not pay for travel (commuting support is included) and be aware that the weekly stipend is grossly insufficient to support a student serving in a large U.S. urban area such as Washington DC, New York City or San Francisco. If you need additional support to cover this expense, the Career Services Office keeps lists of alums that are happy to host you in their homes.

November/December - attend an S2A2/CCF information session.

Winter Break - find a host site and obtain a letter from them indicating that they will offer you a placement if you are selected, then complete the application form and request faculty letters of reference.

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Past Recipients

  • 2007: Matthew Armstead - The Attic Youth Center (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2008: Cecilia Marquez - National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce (Washington, DC)
  • 2009: Erika Slaymaker - Southerners on New Ground (Durham, NC)
  • 2010: Hillary Pomerance - Queers for Economic Justice (New York, NY)