Summer Service Kickoff 2023 RSSI RSS-DC Full Group

Rutgers Scarlet Service Stories

This past summer, 150 students tackled issues of food insecurity, worked with children in the foster system, provided guidance for immigrants and made a difference in many other ways as Scarlet Service interns.

Now in its second year, the Rutgers Scarlet Service internship program establishes civic engagement as a critical component of higher education and forges a path toward appreciating each other’s differences, restoring civil discourse and serving the common good.

President Jonathan Holloway created the program because he believes Rutgers should be a leader in its commitment to public service. “Students will work for nonprofits, serve the broader community and gain the opportunity to learn about people who are unlike themselves – who face different struggles and come from different backgrounds, countries, races or religions,” he said.

Participating in this program will make our students better citizens and our world a better place.

President Jonathan Holloway

Meet the 2023 Interns

Scarlet Service Videos

About Rutgers Scarlet Service

Through Rutgers Scarlet Service, undergraduates from all campuses are selected for internships at public service-oriented nonprofit organizations and direct-service government offices. Students gain hands-on experience addressing national issues including public health, infrastructure, education and the environment while developing a better understanding of themselves and building relationships with others. Participating students receive stipends and take related 3-credit courses.

The program began in the summer of 2022 with 100 students interning in and around New Jersey. Rutgers Scarlet Service has already grown to include an additional cohort in Washington, D.C., the epicenter of American government, politics and public leadership.