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Community Leadership, Action and Service Program (CLASP)

CLASP is a unique hands-on learning experience during Summer Session III (July-August) that offers undergraduate students:

  • A five-week internship
  • A weekly social justice seminar
  • A stipend of $500
  • The opportunity to earn 3 course credits towards your degree

CLASP is open to students of all genders and we encourage applications from LGBT & GNC students, students of color, disabled students, non-traditional students and veterans. All majors and college affiliations are welcome! The application deadline is March 22nd and the notification deadline is May 1st.

The Community Leadership, Action and Service Project (CLASP) is a service-learning program that offers students at Rutgers first-hand experience in a community-based organization in Central New Jersey. Internship placements focus on a variety of social issues, including but not limited to youth empowerment, arts education, public health, literacy, domestic violence prevention and food security. Students gain valuable work experience while learning how organizations are addressing community challenges associated with social, economic and political inequality. In addition to weekly internship commitments, students attend a weekly seminar to sharpen their critical thinking and leadership skills. CLASP is not simply a summer internship; students critically engage with issues such as immigration, social justice, and poverty and reflect on ways to create social change.


Throughout the duration of CLASP, students attend a weekly seminar on Thursdays (lunch is provided). The seminar provides interns the time and space to reflect on their internship experiences individually and as a group; participants are encouraged to be self-reflexive and to analyze their experiences and the possibility of social change. The seminar is designed to explore the broader social, economic and political context of the issues addressed by their organization, with weekly topics ranging from poverty to social justice. Students are responsible for weekly readings as well as keeping a journal to record their reflections. The seminar format is a mix of discussions, films, workshops and activities.


Students may receive 3 course credits for participating in CLASP by completing additional assignments, including a final 8-page paper. Studentsí grades will be determined based on their participation in the seminar (including completion of journaling assignments), an evaluation by their Internship Site Supervisor, and the final paper. These course credits are internship credits offered through Women's and Gender Studies or Social Justice, but students have had the program count towards degrees in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Psychology, and many more.