Category Archives: Intern Reflections


Diving in the Depths of the Ocean While Walking on Jello

By Carissa Smith This past year has been a whirlwind of experiences for me. Last fall semester I got my feet wet in advocacy working with the CCSJ Advocacy team and being President of our NAACP chapter.  Then I left my post at Creighton to answer my call to go to the Dominican Republic for [...]

Catching up on all the messed up things in the world

Al Robey

A Lasting Exchange – Al Robey In Ethiopia

I spent five weeks with five other incredible volunteers, four amazing Daughters of Charity, one compassionate Vincentian priest, hundreds of wonderfully enthusiastic and loving students, and a beautiful, hospitable city. We did our best to teach English (the language of instruction in secondary education in Ethiopia). I taught in a very, VERY small classroom in [...]



Interfaith Worker Justice 2006

Rachael Hoffman Interned at Interfaith Worker Justice during the Summer of ’06 Interfaith Worker Justice (the non-profit that I’m working for this summer) was influential in this campaign (in rallying community and faith leaders to support the ordinance and call their aldermen/women) = I was at the finance committee yesterday where they voted in support [...]


Maureen Book – NETWORK

Working in D.C., the nation’s capital, was probably one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. Life in D.C. is fast-paced and people are tremendously driven and always well-informed—everyone seems to know everything about everything. There was always something happening and the ripple effects of politics was spectacular to watch. My internship also taught [...]



Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson wrote the letter below detailing his summer working with Interfaith Worker Justice, a 10-week, paid internship program that assists students in building a solid foundation in the principles of their faith tradition, teaches skills in organizing, advocacy and social analysis, and provides hands-on experience in working to improve the lives of workers. I [...]


Rachael Hoffman – Interfaith Worker Justice

My summer as a Workers’ Rights Advocate, or in Spanish- una promotora de derechos laborales, at the Chicago Workers’ Center was a whirlwind of excitement, and important lessons.  I handled twelve workers’ cases; interpreting for them when they didn’t understand the attorney’s English, guiding them through the legal process of filing a claim, and assuring [...]



Al Robey

I spent five weeks with five other incredible volunteers, four amazing Daughters of Charity, one compassionate Vincentian priest, hundreds of wonderfully enthusiastic and loving students, and a beautiful, hospitable city. I taught in a very, VERY small classroom in a brand new school located in Tulema Tulema is a “leprosy village” in Jimma. Prior to [...]