Who should apply?

  • Those interested in learning first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the US
  • Those who are prepared for the challenge of a poverty immersion program
  • Those who want to work hard, learn, and be stretched in new ways

How are interns selected?

Current full-time JCU sophomores and juniors students who will be graduating in May 2016 or later will be eligible to apply for Summer 2015 internships this Fall 2014. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are enrolled in courses that address poverty.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • concern for and understanding about poverty
  • academic record (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)
  • relevant course work
  • relevant volunteer and/or work experience
  • extracurricular activities (e.g. immersion trips, campus organizations)
  • references from two faculty members

Interns will be compensated for housing and food costs, transportation, paid a small stipend for an eight-week commitment (40 hours/week) during the period from early June to early August.

The internship experience includes participation in two conferences, and opening conference on poverty issues and a closing symposium. Participants commit to being available for the entire time period. In addition, the students selected are to take the following course in Spring 2014: PJHR 201, Section 1, Global Justice and Service. The class will take place on Mondays from 5:00-6:15 pm, and Dr. Peggy Finucane and Dr. Rich Clark will team teach the course.

Electronic applications and reference forms will be available for Summer 2015 in Fall 2014.  If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Maryellen Callanan (AD 32; 397-4698; mcallanan@jcu.edu).