Summer Civics Initiative

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Stipends for college students and recent graduates for fall internships in social service agencies, non-profits, and government agencies
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This past summer, PublicSquare doubled the number of Summer Civics Initiative recipients as well as doubled the internship stipends they receive! Our 20 participants were chosen from a competitive pool of applicants and interned in a broad range of fields including the environment, healthcare, government, human rights, and Covid-19 vaccination outreach (see below for the full list of internship sites). The participants met our program criteria of being undergraduate students enrolled in or recently graduated from Santa Barbara or Ventura County colleges and/or undergraduate students residing and interning in these two counties for Summer 2021, as well as current and former Student Fellows and Program Assistants. Underrepresented minority, first generation, and low-income students made up the great majority of our program’s participants. This program, which is now going to operate year-long by adding two more sessions (the Fall Civics Initiative and Spring Civics Initiative), advances PublicSquare’s mission of providing mentor civic activism, and inspiring the next generation civic leaders.

Student Internship Placements for Summer 2021

ACRE Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Eastvale, CA

Cary Institute of Ecological Studies
Millbrook, NY

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (3)
Ventura, CA

District Office of Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Santa Barbara, CA

Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

Immigrant Hope
Santa Barbara

Law Office of Andréa Marcus
Santa Barbara

Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project (2)
Ventura, CA

Oxnard Federation of Teachers
Oxnard, CA

“Court Watch”, Santa Barbara Public Defender’s Office
Santa Barbara, CA

Sansum Clinic
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Santa Barbara, CA

The Fund for Santa Barbara (2)
Santa Barbara, CA

U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington DC

UCSF LCOE Aspiring Physicians Program
San Francisco, CA

World Business Academy
Santa Barbara, CA

Schools and Colleges Attended by Summer Civics Initiative Participants, 2021

Allan Hancock College

California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

California State University Channel Islands

Santa Maria High School

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Merced

University of Chicago

Westmont College

Ellia Limon

Ellia Limon

“The Summer Civics Initiative’s mentorship and stipend enabled me to further develop a local non-profit organization that I co-founded, Immigration Legal Services Complaint Resolution Center, and simultaneously intern at the Santa Barbara Legal Aid Foundation. Both of my summer jobs enabled me to work day-to-day directly with immigrants and inform those who are most vulnerable of their legal rights. I am so grateful for PublicSquare’s consistent support!”

Matt Esguerra

Matt Esguerra

“As a former Student Fellow and recent Summer Civics recipient, I appreciate just how much PublicSquare helped facilitate and enhance my education outside of college. The Summer Civics program gave me the much-needed financial support to serve as an intern in the California State Assembly Republican Caucus, under the press secretary, and apply my academic background in political science to a practical state government office. The entire internship experience reinforced my commitment to communications and public affairs.”

Maesyn Fitzgibbons

Maesyn Fitzgibbons

“PublicSquare’s Student Coordinator walked me through every step of identifying and securing a summer internship in my ideal career setting—I assisted full-time at Sansum Clinic’s Foothill Surgery Center. The internship was a perfect fit for me, allowing me to take my pre-med coursework and goals of becoming a surgeon, and experience how an actual surgery center operates. I got to interact with surgeons and patients, and even observe surgeries, which only reaffirmed my aspirations and increased my motivation to achieve my goals. Thank you!”

Student Internship Placements for Summer 2019 and 2020

California State Assembly-Republican Caucus
Sacramento, CA

Catholic Charities of Santa Maria
Santa Maria, CA

Girls on the Run of the Bay Area
San Francisco, CA

Human Rights Watch
Santa Barbara, CA

Immigrant Hope
Santa Barbara, CA

Immigration Legal Services Complaint Resolution Center
Santa Barbara, CA

LawyerUp/ScholarUp
Los Angeles, CA

Legal Aid Foundation
Santa Barbara, CA

Local First Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Office of State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Santa Barbara, CA

Office of Supervisor Das Williams, First District
Santa Barbara, CA

Office of U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
Mount Vernon, WA

Sansum Clinic Healthcare
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Mental Wellness Center
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Progressive Coalition
Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Response Network
Santa Barbara, CA

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
Santa Barbara, CA

Women’s Economic Ventures
Santa Barbara, CA

World Business Academy
Santa Barbara, CA

Corporate Sponsors

This initiative is made possible in part through grants from
Cavaletto Charities,
the Santa Barbara Foundation,
the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation,
Poomer Fund – Anne Smith Towbes,
& the Zegar Family Foundation