The Holy Cross
Chaplains' SPUD Summer
Internship Program is designed to provide exceptional Holy
Cross undergraduates with an opportunity to gain meaningful
career-related experience in a non-profit social service
agency in Worcester. The program is made possible by means
of support from the Lilly Vocation Discernment Initiative.
Internships are for 10 consecutive weeks, 40 hours per week.
Agencies will determine the start and end date, although
many agencies are flexible. The window period for the internships
is between end of school year to mid-August.
A description of each
internship placement is available for your review in the
Chaplains' Office. For those abroad or in Washington, D.C.,
we will work out individually a way of getting you this information.
Tentative placements for SPUD Summer Internships
full job descriptions will be available in January. All of these programs serve people who are in some
way "at risk."
Abby's House - provides services
and housing to at-risk women.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church & Kids
Café - assist the church staff and
leadership in coordination of weekly Kids Cafe activities,
including special field trips, support, assistance with
community organizing efforts, and assistance with coordination
of Bible school.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - project
work to support the popular Big Brothers/Big Sisters program
in Worcester. May also have some limited contact with children
through intake work.
Catholic Charities - the social service
arm of the Catholic Church. Specific opportunities still
to be defined but the internships will more than likely deal
with homeless and refugee/resettlement populations and issues.
Friendly House - a multi-service
agency for families in Worcester. Specific internship opportunities
Jeremiah's Inn - a
men's shelter and nutrition center (food pantry). Intern
would assist at the nutrition center, help connect people
to social services and health care they are eligible for,
and possibly assist in the conflict-resolution class that
the men-in-recovery must participate in.
Massachusetts Housing Alliance -
assist the project director in the ongoing services provided
to families who are temporarily living at a recently purchased
property on Cambridge Street (the old Cambridge Street apartment,
not far from Holy Cross).
Massachusetts Justice Project - will
handle call-in and walk-in clients to establish if they are
eligible for assistance through the Mass. Justice Project.
Opportunities will also exist to sit in on actual case reviews
with lawyers and paralegals.
Public Health Department, City of Worcester -
a flexible internship that the intern and the Director of
Public Health will put together based on the intern's interests.
More specific information is forthcoming.
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Requirements for Participation
- Interns are required to participate in the Chaplains'
Office Internship Orientation Program (usually a weekend
afternoon in the spring).
- Interns will sign an internship contract before commencing
their internship and it will be countersigned by their
- Interns will complete a goal worksheet before commencing
- Interns will participate in a mid-summer afternoon or
evening of discussion and reflection.
- Interns will submit a reflection paper every two weeks
during their internship to the director.
- Interns will participate in an end of the summer evaluation.
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Pay, Housing and Transportation
Internships pay up to $4,000, excluding agency holidays
and sick days. Pay is fully taxable and students will need
to complete a W-4 form with Accounts Payable at Holy Cross.
Students are responsible for finding their own housing and
transportation for the summer.
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Application & Acceptance Procedures
The internships are open only to sophomores and juniors.
Students interested in an internship are encouraged to attend
the Chaplains' Office Summer Internship Information
Meeting. Applications for the 2010 summer internship program will be available January 18, 2010
at the Chaplains' Office. By applying to the internship
program, the student gives permission to the Director of
the SPUD Summer Internship Program to access his or her transcript
and student records. Applications must be received by
February 1, 2010. Selected applicants
will then be contacted by the Chaplains' Office to
schedule an interview with the Director of the SPUD Summer
Following the round of interviews students are conditionally
accepted into the internship program pending successful placement
at an internship site. Students will prioritize the sites
they are interested in working at and the internship Director
will submit the students' applications to these selected
sites. Each agency will review student candidates' applications
and interview them. The agency will then indicate to the
SPUD Summer Internship Director the student that would best
meet the agency's needs. Students will then have the
opportunity to accept or decline a specific offer.
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