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 Summer Service Learning Program

The Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) is a three credit service-learning course in theology with an eight-week immersion among a population on the margins of society. Each year, approximately 225 students work with agencies and parishes across the United States to serve those in need including at-risk youth, children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, the homeless, victims of domestic abuse, immigrants and refugees, and the elderly. Notre Dame Alumni Clubs, the James F. Andrews Scholarship Fund, and other donors award a $2,000 tuition scholarship and $500 stipend to students. SSLP students attend orientation sessions in the spring semester, complete reading and writing assignments throughout the summer, and participate in follow-up classes when they return to campus in the fall. The application process begins on November 15 and remains open until February 15.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

International Summer Service Learning Program

The Center for Social Concerns' signature International Summer Service-Learning Program, the ISSLP, is both a 4.0 credit course and an eight-week summer service-learning program in Catholic social tradition and social analysis which together provide a critical lens through which students are invited to interpret an array of global issues. In the face of pressing global concerns, the need to educate students about their responsibility in our global community becomes ever apparent. It becomes increasingly important to educate students willing to examine causes of poverty and to create links of solidarity across borders. In collaboration with global partners, the ISSLP seeks to fulfill this educational objective for our students and to meet local needs of communities across the world. The ISSLP provides airfare, room and board, and $1,000 travel award for the students selected to participate.

 

Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internships (SEMI)

Sophomores and Juniors in the College of Business, or students who have completed requisite coursework, are eligible for the Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internship. Those selected for the program spend eight to ten weeks working at for-profit or not-for-profit social enterprise organizations oriented towards financial, social and/or environmental bottom lines. Interns develop and utilize skills in marketing, accountancy, and other business fields to promote economic development initiatives, assist with feasibility or business planning for a new social enterprise, or guide future growth of an ongoing initiative through capacity building and other strategic activities. Upon completing all responsibilities of the host organization as well as written coursework, students receive one credit in business and one credit in theology. Students also receive a $2,500 scholarship as well as a stipend to be used for room and board during the summer.

 

Cross-Cultural Leadership Internship Program (CCLIP)

The purpose of this internship is to provide ND students exposure and experience in Latino communities in metropolitan Chicago where they serve as leaders and students of the community in which they are working. Participants have the opportunity to witness and contribute to the strengths, issues and needs of the Latino community. Five students are selected as interns in community-based organizations in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods of Chicago, Cicero, and Berwyn. The Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Latino Studies collaborate to offer this 3-credit course, which is cross-listed in Theology. Catholic Social Tradition, or Latino Studies ILS 35801, CST 33933, or THEO 33933.

 

Interfaith Worker Justice Summer Internship

The Center for Social Concerns will sponsor two students in the Interfaith Worker Justice Summer Internship. This is a 10-week program for undergraduate students who want to be active in the worker justice movement. Interns are placed at interfaith committees or workers' centers across the country, where their responsibilities can include outreach to the religious community on labor issues, interviewing workers' and business leaders, participating in local and national campaigns, and working on public policy.

 

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