UC LIVE Internship Program

UC LIVE, Ursinus College Leaders in Vocational Exploration, is an intentional vocational discernment program built upon the recent funded internship programs through the Harold C. Smith Foundation in support of Ursinus QUEST.

Over 20 students have been funded to complete internships with local nonprofits/community groups since the pilot Harold C. Smith grant began in fall 2017. It is a semester-long, mentor-based vocational discernment leadership program.

UC LIVE aims to engage selected interns in experiential and service learning that will guide them in the discernment of their own vocational interests, faith, values, and belief systems. Committed students will be putting their academic coursework into action as they seek to understand and address the human needs in our surrounding community. UC LIVE is not only live in acting in our surrounding community, but in collaborating with groups on campus to invite more students, faculty, and staff into conversations around experiencing the Four Questions. Students will meet with the Assistant Director of the Smith Program bi-weekly to discuss internship progress and participate in monthly vocational discernment workshops/leadership trainings with the cohort of interns.

To successfully complete the UC LIVE application for the fall 2019 semester, students must contact Assistant Director Angela Upright ’17 (anupright@ursinus.edu). Application materials consist of three short essay questions, 1 Faculty/Staff Recommendation form (online survey), and resume.

Financial Support

Funding was generated from the generous receipt of an $862,000 implementation grant from the Harold C. Smith Foundation in Christian Studies to support the religious, spiritual, and vocation discernment of students through experiential learning. The Reverend Dr. Harold C. Smith was an Ursinus graduate of the Class of 1955 and former Board of Trustee Member.

Application Portal now closed for UC LIVE fall 2019! 

Program Specifics:

  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors of all majors and worldviews encouraged to apply
  • Internship with non-profit, service organization, or community group
  • Check-In Meetings with AD of QUEST
  • Must be on-site 8-10 hours per week
  • GPA: above 2.7
  • Transportation not provided but reimbursement available
  • If an approved internship by an academic department, it can fulfill the ILE/XLP requirement
  • Hourly Wage