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Internship Program Details

Smith Vocational Discernment Interns

The Harold C. Smith Program provides financial support for students who are able to secure unpaid internships with non-profits, service organizations, and community groups.

The Smith Vocational Discernment Internship Program, formerly known as Vocational Exploration and Community Development, will engage qualified students in experiential and service learning that will guide them in the discernment of their own vocational interests, faith, and belief systems.

For the summer opportunity, committed students will be putting their academic coursework into action as they seek to ameliorate the human needs in our surrounding community. Students will meet regularly with an on-campus mentor of their choice to discuss internship progress. Following the completion of the internship, each student will be expected to write a reflection of their experience that will be submitted to the Harold C. Smith Foundation.

To successfully complete the Harold C. Smith application for internship funding for summer 2019, students must contact Harold C. Smith Assistant Director Angela Upright (anupright@ursinus.edu). Angela will help connect qualifying students with internship opportunities. Students already with a planned internship that meets funding requirements are also encouraged to apply.

 Financial Support

Funding was generated from the generous receipt of a $862,000 award from the Harold C Smith Foundation to Promote Christianity and Service at Ursinus College. The Reverend Dr. Harold C. Smith was an Ursinus graduate of the Class of 1955 and former Board of Trustee Member.

 “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” 
 - Parker Palmer

Apply Here for Summer 2019!

Application Deadline: 4/1/19

Summer Program Specifics:

  • Students of all majors encouraged to apply
  • Internship must be with a non-profit, service organization, or community group that helps the student explore and discern their vocation
  • Check-In Meetings with AD of UCARE Katie Turek
  • Must be on-site 15-20 hours per week
  • GPA: above 2.7
  • Must demonstrate strong financial need
  • Transportation not provided but reimbursement available
  • If an approved internship by an academic department, it can fulfill the ILE requirement
  • For students under the new Core, it can also fulfill the XLP requirement
  • $2,500 stipend and 8 weeks of On-Campus Housing