The Lone Star program is TACDC's effort to provide college and graduate students the opportunity to gain work experience in the community economic development field and to be exposed to the issues Texas is facing in affordable housing, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization. Students participating in Lone Star are hired for an 8-12 week part-time paid internship with a Community Development Corporation (CDC) in Texas. TACDC provides a reimbursement of 50% of the student's stipend, up to $1,800 per semester. The other half of the stipend is provided by the CDC hiring the Lone Star Intern. Each intern will have a sponsor/mentor and will be required to complete a brief report detailing the outputs and outcomes of the project during the internship.
Lone Star was created in 2000 to offer our network of CDCs the ability to:
TACDC recognizes that in order for organizations to increase their capacity, they must be able to recruit qualified professionals who truly are dedicated to improving their communities. The students participating as Lone Star intern candidates have this kind of personal commitment to community economic development. For the 2017 spring program, TACDC will provide a partial stipend to eligible CDCs in Texas to recruit and hire part-time interns. Details of the program include:
Application forms for TACDC members seeking a student intern are available on our web site www.tacdc.org. We ask that CDCs participating in Lone Star create an 8-12 week scope of work that will grant students the opportunity to offer a meaningful contribution to the organization. TACDC will approve applications for internships on the strength of the proposed work product and scope of work.
*In the past, undergraduate interns were recruited from fields of study ranging from business administration to political science and must have completed at least 60 credit hours to be eligible for the program. Graduate students were recruited from city and regional planning programs, MBA programs, public policy, and public administration schools from across the state.
LONE STAR INTERN PROGRAM 2017