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2015 Summer Faith-Justice 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

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  

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 ( ).  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 

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. 


Weekly Update: December 12 – January 30

Friday, December 12

Donations for Siena/Francis House
The Creighton Center for Service and Justice will be collecting donations for our neighbors at the Siena/Francis House. Any items will be accepted especially toiletries, kitchen, clothing, paper products, and house-keeping/linen closest items. Visit their website for more information about specific items to donate. Donation items can be brought to the CCSJ in Harper 2067 by December 12.

December 12

Las Mananitas
The CU Latino Student Association cordially invite you to join us in our commemoration of Las Mananitas, Devotion to Mary in Latin America. Bilingual Mass will begin at 8:00pm followed by a reception in Lower St. John’s with traditional food. This will take place from 8:00-9:30pm at the St. John’s Church. Please contact with any questions.

December 12

Sustainability Council
Are you interested in one or more facets of the sustainability movement but are not sure how to get involved? Come to the next Sustainability Council meeting and learn about how you can be involved – as much or as little as you’d like. The meeting will be held in Eppley Room 119 from 2:00-3:00pm. Please contact Mary Duda with any questions.

Saturday, December 13

Accelerating the Pace of Progress
Come to the 8th Annual State of North Omaha Report and the 8th Annual State of African- Americans Report to hear guest speakers Mayor of Omaha Jean Storhert, Councilman Ben Gray, and Commissioner Chris Rodgers. It take place 9:00-11:30am at Metropolitan Community College – Swanson Conference Center Institute for the Culinary Arts – Fort Omaha Campus – North 30th Street. Visit the Empowerment Network website for more information.

Tuesday, December 16

Simbang Gabi / Posadas / Parranda Mass & Reception
Take a break from finals to join in the festive Christmas novena traditions of the Philippines (Simbáng Gabi), Mexico (Posadas), and Puerto Rico (Parranda) with a lively music filled Mass and a dessert reception in Lower St. John’s. Mass and the reception will take place from 9:00-10:30pm. More details to come. Please contact Kyle Shinswki, S.J. with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, December 23

Call for Nominations: The St. Ignatius Award
Each year, the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality recognizes members of Creighton’s faculty and staff who live the spirit of St. Ignatius. Their participation in the mission of Creighton and their involvements beyond university life reflect the Ignatian ideals of Magis, Cura Personalis, and being persons for and with others. To know a recipient of the St. Ignatius Award is to have experienced something of St. Ignatius, himself. Nominations should include: Name of the Nominee, Department and Position of the Nominee,Name, Phone Number, and E-mail Address of the Person Submitting the NominationPlease describe, in as much depth as you are able, your understanding of how the nominee lives out the ideals of Magis, Cura Personalis, and being a person for others. In this sense, Magis as “more” is not a quantity, but a quality of soul which desires God’s goodness to be seen, expressing God’s greatness through our littleness. Cura Personalis is a spirit of personally caring for others, who are themselves loved creations of God, and encouraging them to an awareness of God’s love. Please be as detailed as possible in your statement, and feel free to describe the graceful interactions you have witnessed in the nominee’s work life, family life, and other involvements. You may e-mail your nomination to or send it to the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality, St. John’s Church Room 118. The deadline to nominate is December 23, 2014.

Wednesday, December 31

Teach with Magis
Are you over doing homework? Are you sick of writing papers? Are you tired of taking tests? Then why not give some? Teach with Magis. Visit the website to find out more information. Applications are open and due January 31! Please contact Scott McClure, M.Ed. with any questions.

Thursday, January 8

Ignatian Silent Retreat
Leave the busyness of everyday life to spend intentional time deepening your relationship with God through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality. Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ, will offer presentations on praying with the various steps of the Spiritual Exercises and these presentations will be accompanied by silent time for personal prayer and reflection, individual meetings with a spiritual director, and daily Mass and group prayer. The retreat if from January 8-11 at the St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, NE. There is $100 registration fee. Please contact Campus Ministry at (402) 280-2779.

Thursday, January 15

Standing Against Fear and Intolerance
Extremism has been aided by mainstream media figures and politicians who have spread the kind of paranoid conspiracy theories on which militia groups thrive. Ms. Lecia Brooks will not only detail the intransigence of hatred and intolerance in America.Hers is also to proclaim the signs of hope—actions that have dismantled debtor’s prisons, organized hate groups, and the mechanics of institutional racism. She will tell of the most important wins – the hearts that are changed by simple acts of building community and understanding in our schools, churches and neighborhoods that are truly our best hope. Tickets available for a $10 suggested donation by calling the office or at the door. Students with IDs always free. This even will tale place at 8787 Pacific Street Omaha NE 68114 402-391-0350. Click here to visit the website. Please contact with any questions.

Friday, January 16

Sustainability Council Meeting
Are you interested in one or more facets of the sustainability movement but are not sure how to get involved? Come to the next Sustainability Council meeting and learn about how you can be involved- as much or as little as you’d like. The meeting will be held in Eppley Room 119 from 2:00-3:00pm. Please contact Mary Duda with any questions.

Friday, January 23

CCSJ 2015-2016 Student Team Leader Applications Due Today
Interested in working in the Creighton Center for Service and Justice using your work-study, as a paid student employee or volunteer? Check out our website for more details. Click here for the application. Applications are available December 8, 2014 and due January 23, 2014. Please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik with any questions.

Friday, January 30

Global Health Conference Midwest
Creighton University Undergraduate, Professional and Graduate Programs would like to invite you to attend the 1st annual interdisciplinary Global Health Conference Midwest. The conference theme is “Changing perspectives in Global Health” and will be held January 30th-31st, 2015 at the Harper Ballrooms in Omaha, Nebraska. The conference will consist of a night of poster presentations followed by a day of panelists, workshops and presenters in many interdisciplinary fields. The conference will be held at 5:00pm – 8:00pm in the Harper Center Ballroom. Please visit the website for registration, conference details and updated information Registration ends January 20, 2015. Please contact with any questions.

Events to be included in the Weekly Update must be received by the Wednesday of the week prior to the event. All events should relate to service or justice and should include name, date, time, and a short description. The selection of events is limited by space and the discretion of the CCSJ. Please, send to with “Weekly Update” in the subject line.

A 20 minute training on Creighton’s Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy is now required of all student doing community service with our office or on your own. Please click here to find an upcoming training that works for you.


Our Lady in El Paso

Our Lady“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?” ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe

As a first-time Spring Break Service & Justice Trip Coordinator, there were no words for the amount of relief I felt when my group of twelve finally made it all the way from Omaha to El Paso. Now that we had reached our host site and were graciously welcomed with heaping plates of homemade spaghetti by Fr. Bob, a Columban priest, I could relax and start living into the trip.

Our time in El Paso was full of personal encounters with the injustice and brokenness of the  U.S. immigration system. We had a desert meditation along the border where we could touch the fence and see the other side, a third-world-esque image of Juarez, Mexico. We met migrant farmworkers who commuted back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico. During the work-week, they stayed in barren shelters on the U.S. side, to avoid the time and financial cost of traveling home, across the border, each night. We played with migrant children waiting to be deported, and we heard the story of a brave woman who narrowly escaped gang violence only to live in the shadows of U.S. society.

I could go on about the many experiences we had in El Paso and how powerful they were. There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t somehow think of that trip or the people I met and the experiences I had there. On this feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I especially remember Our Lady’s presence in El Paso.

In the chapel of the Columban Mission Center where my group was staying, there was a large mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady’s presence became a staple for me that week. She was a source of comfort and encouragement. Seeing her,  I felt a sense of motherly protection, a confidence that she would watch over me, a newbie coordinator, and help my group have a great experience.

As we travelled from activity to activity that week, Our Lady followed us. Throughout downtown El Paso, and present in many of the places we visited, were other murals or statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Furthermore, many of the people we met were devoted to her. She was their special intercessor, their strength and hope. their mother.

For me, as I shared in the pain, strength, hope, beauty and brokenness of those affected by U.S. immigration policy, Our Lady of Guadalupe was a way to connect even more with the people sharing their experiences with me. Being Catholic myself, I was familiar with our faith tradition’s reverence for Mary, and I loved the idea that she is a mother for us all. Our Lady of Guadalupe, though, seemed to distinctly belong to the courageous people I met. She was with them in their experience of pain and violence on both sides of the border.

As I got to know these people more, I got to know Our Lady more. She provided confidence and reassurance for me as I led my group throughout the week, but also, and even more so, she was a way to dive deeper into solidarity with the people I met. She was a way to love them even  more, to be with them even more.

Now that I am back at Creighton, I feel a special connection to Our Lady of Guadalupe that I never used to have. When I see her somewhere–in a church, as a statue or painting–I remember her presence in El Paso and the people I met who are devoted to her. She is the mother who cares for them and encourages me to do the same, to be the hands and feet of her Son, to share her motherly love, and to work for just immigration policy.


Anna Ferguson
CCSJ Student Coordinator
Class of 2015




The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.


Confidence in Peace


“December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy…with confidence in our armed forces with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain inevitable triumph so help us God…a state of war has existed between the United States and Japanese Empire.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

As an American reflecting back to this date, this quote, and this moment – in all honesty – my heart does not feel uneasy.  Perhaps the reason why this is so is because I was not alive, much less imagined, when this momentous occasion played out and the declaration of war was made.  However, reflecting on this quote, this moment, as an individual in the communion of humanity, my heart is brought to tears. Not because Americans were caught off-guard or for any unfortunate strategic loss, but because of the lives lost, the tears that were shed, and the pain that was felt. Born and raised in Hawaii, I was raised not in anger or in a feeling of malice, but was raised to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor with a feeling of solace for others and faith in my heart; to remember Pearl Harbor is to remember the pain, the tears, and the loss in a way that can motivate you to find confidence not in our armed forces but rather, in peace.

December 7, 1941: a date that shall rest in peace and allow the lives that were lost to rest in paradise…with confidence in our humanity to unite our nations into a peaceful community. We will gain solidarity through faith and pray that a state of peace forever rest between the United States and Japanese Empire.


Carrying on a Legacy of Justice

IFTJ_DelegationThis past weekend, I was blessed to be able to make a 20 hour bus ride to Washington D.C. with 58 other members of the Creighton community to participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ). This was my second experience with the IFTJ and it is an event that has been very impactful and formative in my college career.

For those of you who do not know much about the IFTJ, it is a conference held every year to commemorate the six Jesuits, their house keeper, and her daughter who were martyred on November 16, 1989 at the University of Central America in El Salvador. The Jesuits were working to create a more just community for the marginalized groups in El Salvador and the government did not like that. Due to this, Salvadoran soldiers who were trained by the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia murdered the Jesuits in a rather horrific manner. Thousands of members of the Jesuit community, of Jesuit high schools and colleges and other Jesuit apostolates come out to support this event every year and it is truly beautiful.

​While my heart aches every time I hear about these events, I don’t think I was fully aware of the gravity of what the UCA martyrs did until this past weekend at the IFTJ. These men and women quite literally worked for justice until death. They were aware that they could die, but they did not let that stop them. They kept going. This hit me hard because I often question to what length I would go for justice.

Currently, I am weighing my post-graduate opportunities and I find myself saying things like, “I need a stipend” or, “I need help with loans,” and now I feel rather selfish. They were willing to give up their lives and I have only been willing to give my service conditionally when there shouldn’t be a condition placed on when justice for humanity is right. While I am still excited about post-graduate service, I now have a new framework for how I want to serve.

While on the IFTJ, I was able to attend many break-out sessions and advocate on Capitol Hill for issues that are important to me. I spent a lot of my time expanding my knowledge on issues relating to environmental justice and took that information to Senator Grassley’s office. I was advocating for the EPA power plan, which seeks to enforce carbon output regulations in order that only 30% of emissions will be carbon related by 2030. Naturally, Senator Grassley does not support this and I found myself having to bite my tongue in order to not become unprofessional. Overall it was a phenomenal learning experience and gives me more willpower to continue writing letters, making phone calls, and participating in visits with members of the House and Senate.

Overall, I still find the IFTJ to be beautiful. It provides an experience where I have never seen more passion, an experience where I can connect my faith to my passion, and an experience that gives vocational direction. I am proud to have gone, and I hope to rise up to the challenges I was given while there.

Sarah Kelly
Class of 2015
CCSJ Student Coordinator



The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.




CCSJ Student Office Team Leader Application

Grounded in Jesuit values and Catholic social principles, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice is committed to building a community of faith, in service, for justice. The CCSJ, a department of University Ministry is open to Student Coordinators of all backgrounds. CCSJ Student Coordinators become knowledgeable about the work of the CCSJ and the needs, gifts and opportunities of the broader community. They coordinate weekly local service; act as liaisons to other student, campus and community groups; represent CCSJ at University functions; help with office duties; and often initiate, organize and lead special projects and advocacy efforts. The position exists to empower students to facilitate, extend and deepen the service, faith and justice mission of Creighton University. There are paid and unpaid team positions available to approximately 25 students.

The CCSJ is looking for responsible students who wish to deepen their understanding of justice issues facing the Omaha, national and global communities through personal development, formation and direct service. Students must be self-starters and able to complete projects in a timely manner either individually or as part of a larger group. Qualified applicants should have strong inter-personal skills and a positive disposition, as they will be representing the CCSJ in the Creighton and Omaha communities. Please see team descriptions for more detailed information.


  1. Personal growth and mentoring in service and justice
  2. Leadership and ministry training
  3. Experience and supervision
  4. Occasional homemade fabulous goodies!

Application Process

  1. Read General Position and Team Descriptions
  2. Gather the following items before beginning the online application
    • Your calendar/school schedule to provide availability for interviews
    • A list of previous CCSJ Program participation dates
    • Contact information for a reference to list on your online application
  3. Submit the online application (please plan on the application taking approximately 45 minutes)

The CCSJ has teams with paid and volunteer positions available on each team.
If you are interested in applying for one of these positions (volunteer, paid, or federal work-study), please take a look over the Team Descriptions.

We have two paid employment options. Students who have a federal work study award can be assigned to our office if selected through this process. Other positions are also available.

We encourage any one interested in working in the CCSJ to apply! The application will be available online by Monday December 8th, 2014 and is due on Friday January 23rd, 2015.

We will be conducting interviews in the office on 9:00-4:00 January 29th and 20th and February 2nd, 2015 and will have final decisions out by March 7, 2015.

A mandatory week of training including an overnight retreat at the beginning of the school year will be required for all team leaders. The dates are August 16-21, 2015 (exact times will be confirmed by the end of this school year). New student staff meetings will be April 7 & April 21, 2015 9-10:30 pm.

Service and Justice Trips coordinator application and selection is a separate process. Spring 2015 Coordinators are already selected. Fall 2015 coordinators will apply in April 2015.  Please contact for more information.