GLISTEN Service Learning Scholars

THE Hiram College GLISTEN Community Service Outreach Internship Description


The purpose of the GLISTEN Community Outreach Collaborative Science Internship is to:
  1. Engage students in service learning and community based research to benefit resource strapped school districts in Northeast Ohio;
  2. Provide students with opportunities to improve 21st Century skills including their collaboration skills while improving field science and leadership skills in civic engagement;
  3. Provide a service in the reconstruction and planning of a sustainable community garden based on 19th Century Ohio sustainable gardening practices and showcased through programs and gardens at the Hiram College Historical Society
  4. Introduce students to leading group efforts concerning protocols, data collection and field science that improves local communities.
  5. Coordinate the collaborative efforts between multiple groups collecting data in a service learning environment and collaborate with the high schools, universities and governmental organizations that will bring the data collection efforts to fruition.
The GLISTEN Community Service Internship is open to all students eligible for Federal Work Study Funds at Hiram College.  In meeting FWS guidelines, to the maximum extent practicable applicants should have educational program and careers goals that complement and reinforce environmental, biological, social outreach or communication areas. The GLISTEN Community Service Internship fulfills community service needs in local communities in Northeast Ohio by providing support for teachers and faculty in the development, training and implementation citizen science programs that improve local watershed in the Great Lakes Region.  This internship was established in cooperation with local non-profit, governmental and community based organizations that have been a part of the Igniting Streams of Learning in Science program.  The program is described along with past Community Service FWS internships at the ISLS website. The GLISTEN Community Service Internship meets the definition of community service by addressing citizen science efforts to improve neighborhoods by addressing issues identified by the Environmental Protection Agency with watershed improvement. The internship also meets education efforts in local communities to improve Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education in local high schools and in a university course.  Interns also fill the defined role as tutors to citizens at multiple levels - high school students, teachers, and university students in their courses that incorporate biomonitoring to improve local communities, especially in the low-income individuals in each school district that is served. PAY The internship provides 10 weeks of summer support at 30 hours per week at $10 per hour.  The internship also provides 12 weeks of support in the Fall semester at the same pay rate at 10 hours per week.  Two positions are open to eligible candidates who meet FWS guidelines.  ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS Communication with Environmental Organization. To give direction and purpose to the data collection the student will work with an organization that has need of data related to the water quality of Lake Erie. Once a goal has been set service learning efforts will be coordinated with individuals who wish to participate in a service learning project. Field Science Learning The intern will guide participants in reliable data collection methods that can then be passed on by the individual to their group of students that will be participating in the data collection. Group Collaboration The data having been gathered, the intern will guide collaborative efforts between groups to assemble data collected into one set of information. Collaboration with Environmental Organizations After the data from participants in the service learning activities has been assembled into a coherent piece of information the intern will collaborate with the initial organization to see the data collection through to meeting the initial goals of the project. Skills Developed
  • Purposeful Collaboration
o       The student will have engaged in facilitating collaborative efforts between all levels of organization involved in a given project.
  • Leadership
o       The student will have gained leadership experience from guiding the leaders and participants in service learning activities towards an ultimate goal.
  • Instruction
o       The student will have instructed several groups in collecting data from the field analyzing data and making date accessible to the public.
  • Field Science Skills
o       The student will have, in practicing and teaching reliable data collection methods, increased his or her own knowledge of the subject and gained experience on the subject.
  • Community Service outreach skills
The student will have worked with community groups to enhance their own local environments using Ohio biomonitoring protocols For more information and to submit and application contact: Professor Dennis J. Taylor Biology Department Hiram College Hiram, OH  44234 USA 330 569 5267 (office)