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About AppalachiaCorps

If you are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of the AppalachiaCorps program, check out our Inquiry Form.

The AppalachiaCorps program is currently accepting student inquiries regarding Summer 2024 placements. Please review our Application Process page for timelines and due dates. Preference will be given to students who can make their own arrangements/contacts with host organizations as resources and time is limited at the Appalachian Center to assist with those connections. 

What is the goal of AppalachiaCorps?:  The goal of UK Appalachian Center’s AppalachiaCorps program is to pair service-oriented, driven students with opportunities for experiential learning and research in eastern Kentucky and the greater Appalachian region. AppalachiaCorps will prepare these students to become leaders and changemakers in the region, connecting them with hand-selected, region-specific organizations for 2-4 month internship opportunities tailored to their career goals. 

Who is eligible?:  The AppalachiaCorps application is available to enrolled UK students in good standing at the University- both graduate and undergraduate students. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students can come from any discipline. Students within the College of Arts & Sciences, from the Appalachian region, who are First Generation, and those working through the Federal Work-Study program are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Where can AppalachiaCorps students intern?:  AppalachiaCorps students can intern anywhere in the Appalachian region at local nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and community organizations. Previous internship programs through the Appalachian Center have placed students at organizations such as Pine Mountain Settlement School, the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, Martin County Concerned Citizens, and the Center for Rural Development. Students are encouraged to seek out their own possible internship sites and work with Appalachian Center staff to coordinate possible placements. Students who are unsure where they would like to intern can check out the Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement's Nonprofit Database or Nonprofit Map or request a of possible partner organizations from the Appalachian Center.

What does AppalachiaCorps offer students?: Students will have paid internships through an organization of their choice, which allows for a learning experience tailored to the individual student and their career goals. Students will gain valuable experiences in leadership, skill-building, and networking in the region. Students will assist organizations with capacity building and research regarding current issues in the region. Academic credit is available for those who are interested.  

How does the internship work?: Students will be compensated $15 per hour for the internship. Internship duration and hours per week, although primarily focused in the summer, are flexible and will be decided in conjunction with the student, partner organization, and the Appalachian Center staff. Standard internships will be 16 hours per week (Students should not work more than 40 hours per week). Students will be responsible for their own lodging (i.e. signing a lease, paying rent and utilities, etc.), meals, and transportation. Students will work out details with their internship site and complete the Position Agreement Form and submit it to the AppalachiaCorps team. 

How is AppalachiaCorps supervised?: AppalachiaCorps is overseen by Dr. Kathryn Engle ( Appalachian Center staff will coordinate with the student, internship site, and the university. Coordinators specific to each internship site will serve as the student’s direct supervisor during their internship.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can be a part of the AppalachiaCorps program, check out our Inquiry Form.

Check out our brochure here and our flier

Check out below our student profiles from summers 2021-2023.