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The Center for Service and Social Action provides the following summer internship opportunities for students interested in topics of social justice, poverty, and advocacy:

The Shepherd Internship

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty integrates rigorous academic study and focused direct service with disadvantaged communities and persons. The intent of this program is to prepare students for lives aimed at diminishing poverty and enhancing human capability.

The Shepherd Internship Program is competitive and designed to serve members of the Consortium. It is an eight-week summer internship program that places students with non-profit and government funded agencies in a variety of human service sectors throughout the United States.

For more information about this opportunity click here.

Summer in the City Internship

The Summer in the City Internship opportunities cover the topics of homelessness, advocacy, service, solidarity and social change. Three academic internships will enable qualified students who are committed to supporting and advocating for those who are homeless to work with a local social service agency that specializes in outreach to the homeless and advocacy work to address the root causes of homelessness. The internship will involve full-time summer work and extends into the fall and/or spring semesters on a part-time basis if possible.

Additionally, six academic internships will enable qualified students to explore what it means to engage kinship at the margins through service, solidarity and social change. Students will be placed a community organizations who work with people living in poverty and on the margins. This 10-week immersive experience will connect hands-on experience with an exploration of the root causes of the social issues the organizations confront. Students will prepare a project for the organization that promotes social change.

For more information and questions about either internship, contact CSSA at service@jcu.edu

Summer in the City - Additional Information

The Center for Service and Social Action sponsors the following academic internships focused on engaging the realities and complexities of poverty and homelessness in the city of Cleveland.  These funded internship opportunities are made possible through the generosity of donors. Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students.

I.  Homelessness and Advocacy Internships: 3 paid internships will be awarded.  Three academic internships will enable qualified students who are committed to supporting and advocating for those who are homeless to work with a local social service agency that specializes in outreach to the homeless and advocacy work to address the root causes of homelessness.  The internship will involve full-time summer work and extends into the fall and/or spring semesters on a part-time basis if possible.  The pilot program will be repeated in 2019 and 2020 and will continue and/or be expanded as funding becomes available.

Students will design and complete a project in partnership with the agency and its clients. An amount of $1000 will be allocated for pre-approved expenditures related to the project. Additional funds may be applied for to the Office of University Mission and Identity and the Kahl Chair for Entrepreneurship. Completed projects will be presented to the JCU community and partner agency.

II. Service, Solidarity, and Social Change Internships: 6 paid internships will be awarded. Six internships will enable qualified students to explore the systems and structures behind many of the current social issues of our times. Students will engage kinship at the margins through service, solidarity and social change. Students will be placed with a community organization involved in advocacy work with people living in poverty and on the margins. This 10-week immersive experience will connect hands-on experience with an exploration of the root causes of the social issues the organizations confront.  Students will use their internship experience to prepare a research project for the organization that promotes social change.

Qualifications:

  • Full-time John Carroll students
  • Preferred minimum number of credits completed prior to internship: 60 for undergraduate students and 15 for graduate students.
  • Minimum G.P.A.: 3.0
  • Academic and professional interest in social justice and advocacy with a preferred ability to align interests with the Jesuit commitment to solidarity, social justice, and social change.
  • Proven record of accompanying those who are living in poverty, marginalized, and/or homeless.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, preferably in social justice and community organization.
  • Independent, creative, reliable, and organized.

Internship Details and Guidelines

  • The application and internship process will be managed by the Office of University Mission and Identity in partnership with the Center for Service and Social Action.
  • Summer internships last for 10 weeks,
  • Students will work for a total of 40 hours per week: 35 hours per week at specified service agency and 5 hours per week as a cohort participating in discussion and reflection.
  • Students will receive a stipend of $3,000.
  • Timing of Internships: June 3 – August 9, 2019.

 Application Process and Timeline for 2019

  • Submit application form, personal essay, and one letter of recommendation by November 19, 2018.
  • Interviews for finalists will take place the week of January 21, 2019.
  • Decisions will be announced by February 11, 2019.
  • Internships begin June 3, 2019 and conclude August 9, 2019

Essay Questions: (Please prepare your answers to the two questions below in a Word document and upload them with your application – see link below)

  1. What are your reasons for wanting to become a Summer Intern? Describe experiences that have led you to this choice. What do you hope to accomplish, what do you hope to give, and what do you hope to gain? (500 word limit)
  2.  Briefly describe the strengths that you bring to this internship experience. (250 word limit)

Application link: https://johncarrolluniversity.wufoo.com/forms/jcu-summer-in-the-city-paid-internships/

Reference link: https://johncarrolluniversity.wufoo.com/forms/jcu-summer-in-the-city-recommendation-form/

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The Sheperd Internship

Prepares students for a lifetime of professional and civic efforts to diminish poverty and enhance human capability, while also supporting connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni engaged in the study of poverty.

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Service, Solidarity, and Social Change

Apply Now! CSSA is currently accepting applications for the following paid internship position:

CSSA Fall 2019- Spring 2020 Intern

(1 position) Support the detailed and logistical planning needs of the office, primarily by maintaining and updating service-learning data. Track weekly attendance, generate reports and assist with data analysis.