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Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience (LRME)

Civic Leadership Competencies: Reflection, Alignment of Values and Actions, Collaboration, Social and Political Processes

The Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience (LRME) is a competitive summer internship program for Rice undergraduates who wish to develop their leadership capacity through the mentorship of experienced professionals. The CCL works closely with mentors to offer internships that provide meaningful and challenging work. Placements are in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Houston, Austin, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Paris. Participating mentors agree to oversee the student's professional and personal development.

Beyond the mentored internship, the student "experience" includes a course that develops motivation, knowledge, and skills to exercise civic leadership in professional settings. The primary objectives of the course are:

  1. To strengthen capacities for self-awareness and reflection, recognizing how beliefs, values, skills and interests that motivate one to take action relate to the capacity to exercise effective leadership.
  2. To strengthen capacities for establishing and fostering meaningful relationships with mentors, co-workers, and cohort peers.
  3. To increase the understanding of the interconnectedness of leadership and civic engagement in a professional context.
  4. To develop professional behaviors and attitudes that enable students to add value to organizations. 

During May students attend a three-day workshop that provides foundational knowledge and skills that students then develop over the course of the summer by completing readings and written assignments. 

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Michael Domeracki (msd5@rice.edu).