Summer Internships

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Each year the CGI offers 5 graduate students the opportunity to participate in an 8-week internship during the summer months. Like in the immersion trips, participating students are immersed in racially and economically diverse neighborhoods throughout North and Central America through working for one of the CGI’s partner parishes, ecclesial organizations, or non-profit/non-governmental organizations. Not only do the internships offer a multifaceted experience of such communities, but they also offer variety of other opportunities depending upon a student’s learning goals.

For instance, internships can offer opportunities such as professional and leadership development, mentoring, pastoral ministry formation, and community-based research. Currently we offer internships in organizations providing direct service to local communities, policy research, education, pastoral ministry, legal services, and more. While the CGI has numerous partner organizations, we are also open to creating internships with new organizations at a student’s request, should the organization fit the goals of the CGI program.

Participants in the CGI Internship program are required to take the corresponding 3-credit graduate level common good initiative seminar. The seminar bookends the internship experience, and gives participants both a structured preparation for the internship and the opportunity for sustained reflection and research after the fact.

Apart from a modest participation fee, costs associated with travel and modest room & board are covered by the Common Good Initiative. Internship participants also receive an additional stipend from the Common Good Initiative for their work during the summer.

To see the CGI’s 2012 internship partner organizations, click here.

"Participating in CGI by interning for a summer at St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative (SJC Bridges) opened my eyes to the potential for work in the secular nonprofit sector, as well as the often unrealized potential for relationships between parishes/congregations and nonprofits in eliminating poverty at a local level. My CGI internship at SJC Bridges has given me wonderful ties to the city of South Bend and expanded my local circle of friends beyond those whom I've met in my parish and Notre Dame. I continue to volunteer with SJC Bridges and have pursued additional coursework in nonprofit management, all because of the great experience I had in CGI!"

- 2011 CGI Internship Participant

Interested students can apply here or contact Bob Pfunder, Program Manager of the Common Good Initiative at or 574-631-2575 with questions.