Community Engagement Internship

The Community Engagement Internship provides funding to Penn undergraduate students to support summer-long and academic year-long internships at our selected community partner organizations. At our community partner organizations, Penn students engage in a meaningful social justice work, learn more about the city of Philadelphia, acquire real-world skills, and develop and grow through a mentorship relationship with a supervisor.

At Civic House, the selected students attend bi-weekly social justice workshop meetings with the other interns. During these meetings, students explore aspects of their identity, the root causes of social justice work, and engage in reflection to develop critical consciousness with a cohort of students interning at other organizations. 

Students work for 30 hours/wk with the community partner organization and attend a bi-weekly meeting at Civic House with the cohort of interns.

*Please note that students who are eligible for summer work study funding and/or demonstrate financial need will be prioritized. Usually, students who get work study funding during the school year are eligible. Summer work study information will be available on 3/11 on the Student Financial Services (SFS) website.

Please submit a resume and complete the application under "Other Documents" section on PennLink.

DEADLINES EXTENDED: Applications to the Aquinas Center, Broad Street Ministry, and Lutheran Settlement House will be accepted through Friday, April 22nd through PennLink.

Summer 2016 Internship Positions 

Aquinas Center (PennLink ID#: 822338)
The Youth Entrepreneurship Intern will provide visionary leadership and creative support for Aquinas Center's Youth Voices program by helping local teens develop food based business initiatives that build on the successful outcomes of our Multicultural Garden and Food and Folklore projects. The intern will research best practices, visit other youth programs doing similar work, and implement program activities such as a cafe series, mini-farmers market, cooking classes, and other innovative revenue generating activities that engage multicultural youth ages 14-17. He or she will help youth develop business plans for the projects and consider all the associated elements, which might include marketing, staffing, capital, purchasing, labor costs, etc.
Bread & Roses Community Fund (PennLink ID#: 822317)
Bread & Roses Community Fund is committed to change not charity. Our mission is to move money to movements for social change and give more power to the change makers. We fund local grassroots movements for racial and economic justice. We provide training and workshops that build skills and power for activists in these movements. The Civic House Program Intern will help to plan and evaluate workshops and other programming that support community activists. As part of Bread & Roses' Service Learning Program, the Civic House program intern will have the opportunity to learn about core principles of community organizing and philanthropy. 
Broad Street Ministry (PennLink ID#: 822340)
Broad Street Ministry (BSM) is seeking internship candidates to work in the areas of capacity building through volunteer recruitment, coordination, scheduling, leading group orientations, and supervising volunteers during BSM services (meal, mail, personal care, art therapy & clothing closet). BSM will provide experience and coaching in the areas of time management, coordinating diverse and constantly changing volunteer groups, public speaking, issues of poverty, and capacity building to expand into 7 weekly meals.
HIAS Pennsylvania (PennLink ID#: 822327)
HIAS Pennsylvania has 3 different internship opportunities. The first will work directly with the Refugee Resettlement Program's ESL program, a relatively new program which provides both summer and after school ESL. The intern will assist the Education Coordinator and contract teachers as they develop and implement curriculum, trouble-shoot working with extremely diverse students, and coordinate with the Philadelphia School District and volunteers. The second two internships are an excellent opportunity to gain hands on experience of various aspects of non-profit management while working for a well-known nonprofit organization. 
The Hunger Coalition (PennLink ID#: 822335)
The Food Security Intern will improve food access through support of multiple Hunger Coalition campaigns, including our Food Literacy Initiative. The intern will gain experience with promoting the Summer Meals program for children, SNAP (food stamps) and other food resources; event planning for public and partner workshops; research and reporting on best practices for the statewide School Breakfast Challenge; survey and data collection of the emergency food system.
Lutheran Settlement House (PennLink ID#: 822322)
Interns will help to design and implement curriculum for teens around themes of nutrition, social justice and urban farming in the spring and fall. In the summer, interns will focus primarily on enhancing our long-standing STAR (Students Talking about Relationships) program. Interns will co-facilitate workshops and community education programs in schools focusing on preventing dating violence. These programs address the need for interventions that interrupt the intergenerational cycle of violence and address relationship abuse among teenagers, a group at high risk for abuse.
Nationalities Service Center (PennLink ID#: 822326)
NSC's Refugee and Community Integration Department offers opportunities for interns to work with our Resettlement Team, Employment Team and Continuum of Care Teams during the summer period. The intern will be assigned to one or two teams during the summer based on their interests, skills and NSC's need. The intern will learn about social welfare programs available to refugees in Pennsylvania and will gain the opportunity to apply their skill set in assisting clients in navigating complex systems and advocating on their behalf. 
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PennLink ID#: 822342)
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) is offering a year long Policy and Community Outreach Specialist to support our advocacy agenda to improve the lives and life chances of the region's children. This is an opportunity for a highly motivated undergraduate to build an expertise in education policy and simultaneously learn how to organize and carry out effective advocacy campaigns. The internship will be hosted by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), the leading advocacy organization for children in the Greater Philadelphia region. 
Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PennLink ID#: 822328)
PLA's Family Law Unit (FLU) provides assistance in matters pertaining to child custody, child and spousal support and protection from abuse. Our Civic House Intern will be responsible for assisting with client intake, interviewing new clients to identify their legal issues, and providing support to those clients, including providing legal advice; preparing pleadings for filing in court; and assisting clients in being prepared to represent themselves in court, all under attorney supervision. 
Project HOME (PennLink ID#: 822341)
The Project HOME Advocacy and Public Policy Intern will play a critical role in an important Presidential election year. Over the summer, the intern will create and implement a voter outreach and engagement plan within the Project HOME community. The intern will also prepare a thorough written evaluation -- both qualitative and quantitative -- of the impact of previous voter registration, education, and mobilization efforts dating back to 1998. The outcomes of this research will help inform election-related efforts going forward. Finally, because the Democratic National Committee will come to Philadelphia in July, we anticipate the intern having a to-be-determined role supporting Project HOME's work with the DNC. 
VietLEAD (PennLink ID#: 822748)
OurRoots is a youth leadership program that cultivates a community and culture of resilient young people through building social understanding, cultivating expression, developing emotional capacity, and imagining new ways of transforming their communities. During the school year, OurRoots works with young people through a unique year-long curriculum that includes leadership development, political education, and community engagement all through the lenses of social justice, particularly through environmental justice and its links to other systems. This summer, OurRoots will continue to offer its 4th iteration of the highly successful intensive civic engagement program Journey Home, where over 20 Vietnamese high school students spend 6 weeks together learning about their roots, histories, and ways they can make change in their own community. Intern should have worked in a diverse setting with communities of color (immigrant communities and/or high needs communities), be committed to learning about social justice, pay attention to details, have interest in working and growing with high school students, and have experience in data entry; Vietnamese speaker highly preferred but not required.