A 2014 Engaged Faculty Fellow, Heidi Mouillesseaux-Kunzman is a senior extension associate in the Community and Regional Development Institute in the Department of Development Sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Read her faculty profile for more information.
As the Coordinator of the new CALS NYS Internship Program, Heidi has been fortunate to have learned a lot about program development and implementation from existing Cornell internship programs. In this process, it has become clear that (1) there are a number of these opportunities hosted by Cornell that are providing students with career and life-related experiences; (2) the structure and goals of these programs are diverse, with an array of types that could be defined as “community-engaged internship programs”; (3) despite structural and programmatic differences, these programs have similar goals, pedagogical methods, logistical necessities, and challenges/opportunities; (4) better understanding these similarities and differences offers an excellent opportunity to strengthen both individual internship programs (established and emerging) and the collective Cornell University internship experience.
Heidi’s goal, as a Faculty Fellow, is to work with other Cornell internship programs to: (1) identify and characterize the spectrum of community-engaged internship programs at Cornell; (2) identify the shared and distinct components of these programs, including, but not limited to, opportunities and challenges; (3) if there is interest, establish a forum for supporting shared learning, peer support, and collaboration among these programs; and (4) learn and share best practices for community engagement.
Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell