Meaningful Engagement Opportunities

Lewis Fellow Meaningful Engagement

The opportunity to engage meaningfully within the University community is an advantage and responsibility for every student, and can take myriad forms across schools and communities: from diving deeply within one academic area of interest, to effecting change within a student organization, to building sustainable relationships and opportunities within and across the student body or University at large.

As an institute for citizen leadership, the Meriwether Lewis Institute facilitates opportunities for deep and sustainable student engagement in many ways. In addition to the University project the Lewis Fellows undertake in the summer of their second year, every Fellow also commits to building a deep engagement within an interest, area, or organization on Grounds that is personally meaningful to them. These engagements include everything from supporting LGBTQ students in the Engineering School, creating the Honor Audit Commission, building strong and supportive relationships in resident halls as an RA, to writing an interdisciplinary thesis focused on improving an element of student life at the University.

 

You can read more about these meaningful engagements on the 'Reports' page.

Active Citizens Internships

In the summer of 2018, the Meriwether Lewis Institute began facilitating and endorsing non-Fellowship opportunities for students who are interested in contributing to student life at the University. Students who undertake these initiatives do not have to be Lewis Fellows. The following internships were undertaken this summer:

 

1. Space Optimization Internship

The purpose of this project is to evaluate existing student spaces on Grounds and develop recommendations for optimizing space usage and advancement with the goal of advancing student learning and community. This project will be undertaken in two parts, this internship over the summer and a systems engineering capstone project for the 2018-2019 school year. 

2. Bicentennial Oral History Initiative

The Oral History Initiative seeks to chronicle a more personal and inclusive history of the University by collecting and sharing the stories of University students, staff, faculty, alumni, and Charlottesville community members who have contributed to its complex institutional narrative. The Design Thinking intern will help the Oral History Initiative develop its vision, programming needs, and fundraising strategy in the short- and long-term. 

3. Next Generation Class Search and Scheduling

The Student Information System (SIS) team has initiated a project to identify the best option to meet the needs of the University community regarding Class Search and Scheduling functionality on SIS.  As a part of this project, student interns will assist in the redesign, testing, marketing, and training for the new Class Search and Scheduling products.  The interns will also assist in helping identify other student usability issues with SIS.

2018 Internships are now closed. Any projects for the 2019 summer will be advertised in the spring and early summer of 2019.