|Students give final presentations at closing session of the EASL Summer Internship Program|
The D. Abbott Turner Ethics And Servant Leadership Summer Internship Program, one of the capstone initiatives of the Emory University Center for Ethics, has recently wrapped up another successful summer. Under Dr. Edward Queen, director, and Carlton Mackey, assistant director, the program afforded 38 Emory students the opportunity to work with 30 non-profit organizations, government agencies, and socially responsible businesses around Atlanta. The program has students working 240 hours at their placement sites and offers weekly discussions and class sessions to enhance their experience. The closing luncheon showcased the students' work before their site supervisors and program staff. One of the successes this year was the expansion of arts and culture opportunities, intentionally augmenting the Ethics & the Arts Initiative, spearheaded and directed by Carlton Mackey.
Dr. Queen shares his reflections on the program this year,
The 2011 Servant Leader Summer Internship program highlighted the value of the time spent in relationship building and creating partnerships. The tremendous success of this summer’s internship program came about, not only from the quality and commitment of the students selected, but from deep and trusting connections we had established with organizations such as Emory’s Office of University Community Partnerships and the preeminent arts and cultural institutions of this city. The key to success is knowing your partners and caring about their needs and their missions. Additionally, one has to build on strengths and take the disparate components of one’s work and make it into a coherent whole. In this instance combining existing programs, such as our ongoing internships with WonderRoot and the Carter Center’s art collection, and connecting that with our emerging work with arts and culture organizations, such as the Atlanta Music Project and the Alliance Theater, as well as with our new program in Ethics and the Arts. The result was a set of internships in arts and culture with the resulting cross-fertilization and shared learnings that a cohort of people working together can produce.
Our deepest thanks to the students, their host organizations, staff and volunteers who added to this year's success. -Cate Powell