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.
- 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 1 – August 7, 2020.
Application Process and Timeline for 2020
- Applications open on October 21, 2019.
- Submit application form, personal essay, and one letter of recommendation by November 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM.
- Interviews for finalists will take place the week of January 20, 2020.
- Decisions will be announced by February 17, 2020.
- Internships begin June 1, 2020 and conclude August 7, 2020
Essay Questions: (Please prepare your answers to the two questions below in a Word document and upload them with your application – see link below)
- 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 Poverty & Social Justice Summer Internship Showcase! JCU's Summer in the City and Shepherd Internship Programs will be featured. Hear from past interns about their experiences, learn how to apply - these are paid internships, and enjoy a pizza dinner!
This year, the Internship Showcase takes place on Monday, October 21 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the LSC Conference Room.
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.