The Jack Boozer and Hermann and Janet Noether Internships in Social Ethics and Community Service

The Center for Ethics is committed to encouraging students to undertake internships in social ethics and community service.  This commitment is heightened by the Center’s assumption of management and supervision of the Jack Boozer Fund and the Hermann and Janet Noether Fund.

The Jack Boozer Fund and the Hermann and Janet Noether Funds are now accepting applications for summer and fall 2010.  Monies from these funds are designed to allow Emory University students to participate in internships and service-learning programs in social ethics and community service.

The Jack Boozer Fund honors a beloved and distinguished Emory colleague, Jack Boozer (1918-1989).  The Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religion, Boozer taught at Emory for 36 years and was the recipient of numerous teaching awards.  In addition to his work as a scholar and teacher, Jack Boozer advocated aggressively for Emory's emergence as an ethical and academic leader.  His was a powerful voice in support of racial integration, the performing arts, holocaust studies, neighborhood justice, and women's and minority rights.  For these efforts, Professor Boozer received Emory University highest honor, the Jefferson Award in 1981.

The Hermann And Janet Noether Fund was established by the family of Mr. Hermann Noether in order to honor his life of ethics and service.  Mr. Noether came from a prominent family of German Jewish businessmen.  Despite the family's centuries' long residence in Germany Mr. Noether was forced to flee from the Nazi regime.  He initially found refuge in China and then in Taiwan, following the Communist takeover of the mainland.  Throughout his life, Mr. Noether manifested strong ethical commitments and firmly believed that service to others was an integral part of one's deepest human identity.  His family proudly set up the Fund in his memory and that of his wife.


The purpose of the Jack Boozer and Hermann and Janet Noether Funds is to enable Emory University undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to pursue internships that combine study and an active working engagement with situations and problems that require a deepened understanding and practice of social ethics and community service.

The Jack Boozer funds support students undertaking service in the United States, with an emphasis on the Atlanta area.

The Noether funds support students who wish to undertake service-learning projects internationally.  While students working in Israel or Taiwan will be given precedence, applications are invited for projects in any locale.


Students will be expected to present to the Committee a program of learning and active involvement in a situation that requires serious reflection upon, and application of, the principles of social ethics and community service.

Priority will be given to community-based, grass-roots, hands-on, activist projects. The Funds do not favor support of research.

The award for the Boozer interns shall be up to $2000.  The amount awarded to Boozer interns who choose to combine their internships with participation in the Servant Leader Summer Internship program will be matched by the amount necessary to bring it up to the $4000 Servant Leader Summer Internship stipend.

The Noether awards shall be up to $3000.  With a similar match for those who wish to combine their Noether participation with the Servant Leader Summer Internship Program.

Upon completion of the program, students will be expected to submit a written report to the Committee.

Students wishing to take the internship for credit also must meet the demands of the appropriate department, but credit is not a prerequisite of winning an award.

Application Procedure

Boozer Fund

Students should submit a statement of interest letter to the Boozer-Noether Funds Committee, c/o Edward Queen, Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Drive or via e-mail to  This letter should first state whether the student will be applying to the Boozer fund as part of the Servant Leader Summer Internship program.  If so, the student should also complete that application available at

If the student does not wish to combine the Boozer internship with the Servant Leader Summer or is applying for a semester program, the letter should outline the proposed project as fully as possible.

 This letter should:

Additionally students must complete the formal application available here.

The deadline for summer funding is March 26.  For fall 2010 the deadline is April 16.

In special cases, the Committee can act before or after the deadline. Winners will be notified soon after the deadline.

To see previous Boozer-Noether recipients and their projects click here.