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: 2 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.
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. Advocacy, Solidarity, and Social Change Internships: 7 paid internships will be awarded. Seven 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.
III. Social Innovation Summer Internships: 3 paid internships will be awarded. Three internships will enable qualified students who are committed to supporting and advocating for social innovation in the Cleveland community by creating, implementing, and assessing entrepreneurial ideas. Students will be placed with a social entrepreneur working for sustainable social change in their community. This 10-week immersive experience will enable students to practice the creativity, customer development, and experimentation necessary for effective social innovation. Students will gain experience in innovation identification and evaluation, design thinking, customer interviewing, and experimentation design and analysis. Students will use their internship experience to prepare a research project for the organization.
- 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 with specified service agency and 5 hours per week as a cohort participating in discussion and reflection.
- Students will receive a stipend of $3,500.
- Timing of Internships: May 28 – August 6, 2021.
Application Process and Timeline for 2021
- Applications open on October 26, 2020.
- Early Action applications are due on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
- Early Action decisions will be announced by Friday, December 18, 2020
- Regular Decision internship applications are due by Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
- Regular Decisions applications will be announced by Friday, February 19, 2021.
- Contact Heather Craigie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding application form, personal essay, or letter of recommendation submissions.
- Internships begin May 28, 2021 and conclude August 6, 2021
Essay Questions: (Please prepare your answers to the two questions below in a Word document and upload them with your application)
- 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)
- Briefly describe the strengths that you bring to this internship experience. (250 word limit)
Start thinking about summer internships by visiting the Advocacy & Social Justice Summer Internship Showcase! JCU's Summer in the City Internship Program is featured. Hear from past interns about their experiences and learn how to apply - these are paid internships! This year, the Internship Showcase took place on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from 7:00-7:45 PM on Zoom.
Interested in hearing Summer 2020 Internship stories? Explore the 2020 Summer Interns' work, placements, and experiences on our Virtual Showcase Website.
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. All dates are TBD.
Summer in the City Internship Showcase
CSSA sponsors twelve academic internships focused on engaging the realities and complexities of poverty and homelessness in the city of Cleveland. Explore each 2020 Summer Intern's work, placement, and experience.
Service, Solidarity, and Social Change
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.