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Vocation Exploration and Community Development Interns

The Harold C. Smith Endowment for Christian Studies, Service, and Student Scholarships provides financial support for students who are able to secure unpaid internships with non-profits, service organizations, and community groups during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Vocation Exploration and Community Development Internship Program 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. Committed students will be putting their academic coursework into action as they address social justice issues and needs in the surrounding community. Students will meet with the Program Coordinator bi-weekly to discuss internship progress and will participate in monthly vocational discernment workshops. 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 the 2017-2018 academic year, students must contact Harold C. Smith Program Coordinator Angela Upright ( 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 $150,000 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.

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Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017

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 (see application questions/ask Program Coordinator for clarity)
  • Must be on-site 8-10 hours per week
  • GPA: above 2.7
  • Semester long or full year
  • Must demonstrate strong financial need
  • Transportation not provided but reimbursement available
  • Attendance at bi-weekly meetings and monthly workshops is mandatory
  • If an approved internship through an academic department it can also fulfil the ILE requirement