Summer Internships

2015 CCSJ Summer Faith-Justice Internships

Internships around the country, particularly focused in Washington D.C. and Omaha working with great partners including:

• Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
• Bread for the World Omaha
• Omaha Together One Community
• Interfaith Worker Justice

Students participating in these internships will:
• Become faith justice leaders among their Jesuit/Catholic University peers
• Lead others in engaging the legislative system to change structures with and on behalf of the poor and marginalized
• Gain connections for personal and professional development in social justice areas of research and policy
• Reflect on their own gifts, the needs of our world and their vocation
• Reflect daily using reflection guide from CCSJ and weekly with others in the internship program
Creighton University students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2015-2016 school year are eligible to apply.
Upon return to Creighton students will share their summer learning with the Creighton campus community by
• Taking on a leadership role on campus (e.g. CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy Groups leadership)
• Presenting to the faculty/staff community about their summer internship during a lunch Fall 2015
• Helping recruit students for 2016 summer internships.

Spring 2015: 3 formation meetings with students in program and CCSJ staff member
Summer 2015: Minimum of 8 weeks commitment. Most placements are 40 hours a week with some evening and weekends required. .
If you are interested, please apply by January 23, 2015. Those students selected by CCSJ staff will be eligible for CCSJ funding. A separate application and interview will be required for agency placement. For selected students up to $2,000 stipend with transportation to and from assignment covered. CCSJ application is available at https://www.blueq-surveys.creighton.edu/se.ashx?s=46BEEE7F1DAB3979

These internships have their own specific applications which will have to be completed and sent to the respective organization following interviews and acceptance by the CCSJ. These internships receive a limited stipend and may require some personal costs or fundraising. Applying to more than one internship is permitted. Preference will be given to students able to serve on the CCSJ Ignatian Advocacy Team next year.

If you would like to apply for one of these internships, please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik korbik@creighton.edu  

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach:

Spend the summer learning how to advocate and organize for social change through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching in the Nation’s Capital. Each advocacy intern will follow a JPIC issue, learn how that issue affects the people and environment in countries where Columban missionaries serve, and how to respond! This is a unique opportunity to build a strong faith community of peers for reflection and action throughout the summer. Learn more here.

The internship is eight weeks. Our new office is right across from Catholic University and is within walking distance to communal housing for the interns at the Franciscan Mission Service house. Housing and a small stipend of $400/per month is provided as well as a travel stipend to off-site meetings and events. Students cover their own travel to D.C. Learn more and apply here.

Interfaith Worker Justice:

Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) is a network of people of faith that calls upon religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs.  As an intern, you’ll be placed at local unions, interfaith committees or workers’ centers across the country, where the responsibilities may include outreach to the religious community on labor issues to involve them in local and national campaigns, and organizing workers who want a voice in their jobs.  IWJ has affiliate networks in 17 cities throughout the US and requests can be made to IWJ in regards to placement.     Please see this link for the placements (http://www.iwj.org/network/students ).  You could choose to live at home if your near a worker center or be sent to another city.

To read about students’ past experiences with these summer internships, please go here.

Bread for the World: 

Work in Omaha with the Bread for the World regional affiliate. This will include working with congregations on education, leadership formation and legislative visits. Learn more about this organization at http://www.bread.org/ 

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC): 

Work in Omaha with the local IAF Affiliate working with congregational/broad-based community organizing. This summer the Community Action Teams that can use help and support include Mental Health, Medicaid Expansion, Immigration, and  Sustainability. Summer training in Omaha or California are possible. Students will work with OTOC leadership to use their skills in areas of training, accompaniment, and individual meetings. Office work and social media work is needed, but not the majority of this work. Reflection and check-in meetings with local leaders will help with reflection. http://otoc.org/ 

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