Update 10/21/2021

Robertson Scholars--

As we rebuild this page, we encourage you to read about the positions we posted for Summer 2020, including Scholar reviews.  Many of those will be available for Summer 2022.

Late-breaking news! Robertsons will be able to go to the Delta Center for Culture and Learning in 2022.  And we're opening a new position with the Delta Health Center!

And watch the documentaries created by the now-seniors! Older documentaries are available upon request.
Mississippi Delta
Tarboro, NC
New Orleans, LA
Whitesburg, KY

We ask you not to go into this list with an idea of what you already think you want to do.  Don't look for the "pre-med" or "engineering" positions.  Community Summer isn't set up that way. 🙂   We'll talk all about it soon!



Everything below this line will be updated for 2021-22.

Update 4/6/2020

  • Community Summer mentors and homeowners are being informed 4/6/2020 that Robertsons will not be on-site for Community Summer.  We are determining which positions are available for a remote experience.
  • The opportunities below have not been updated. We haven't talked to all the mentors yet.
  • Victor's position will not be filled, so Vicki is working on summer checks and housing contracts.
  • Some of you filled out the Community Summer Preferences survey in a limited way.  For example, if you want to learn about only one or two specific topics, it's unlikely that we'll be able to match to a position that offers that opportunity.

Scholars use this page along with Summer updates provided by email and in the Robertson Bulletin.

For Summer 2020, first, read the Community Summer Description 2020Most positions in Edgecombe County/Tarboro, the MS Delta, and New Orleans begin on or about June 1 and last eight weeks.  A few are longer (e.g., Orleans Public Defenders, Peacemakers Freedom School, and Sunflower County Freedom Project). Positions in Whitesburg begin mid-May and last until mid-July.

Second, below is a list of Community Summer positions. Details for some positions are pending.  Read about Scholars' experiences on Robertson Connect. We have included some of the information from Connect on the reviews links below.  You can read The Daily Yonder to learn about issues facing our rural communities.

Here's the handout from the Summer Showcase 11/24/2019. This Transferable Skills Worksheet will help you articulate the skills you have and plan for skills you want to gain through Summers.

Let Vicki Stocking know if you have difficulties with this page.
(last updated 3/24/2020)

SUMMER 2019 Logistics

Memo of Understanding Complete this with your Mentor and return to Meera Jayaraman by June 17, 2019.

Mental Health Resources

These are some nontraditional options that other Scholars have found helpful. It’s not a comprehensive list, but these have helped students move in the right direction with mental health.

BetterHelp: This app matches you with a licensed counselor for a long-term or short-term counseling relationship over the Internet. You can write in messages and receive answers, and schedule a phone call or video session. $40 - $70 a week.

Talkspace: Another app that matches you with a licensed counselor to reach out to 1-2 times a day, with the ability to add a video chat. Begins at $49 a week.

7Cups*: The free version of this app connects you to caring listeners (who aren’t professionals) for emotional support. The paid version (with professionals) starts at $33/week.

What’s Up?*: This app uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods and gives you strategies to ground yourself and cope.

Mood Kit*: Uses a foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and provides users with over 200 mood improvement activities.

*= Not a professional healthcare provider.