2015 Community Internship Program

Spring Semester
January 12 – May 8, 2015

The application for 2015 Spring Semester is closed. Please check back in February for Summer Internship information.

Thank you for your interest in the 2015 Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement Spring Semester Internship Program. Like our summer program, these internships are designed to provide you with practical experience in your field of study or area of interest, during which time you will work under the guidance of Wittenberg University faculty and/or Greater Springfield community leaders

Students must have a GPA of 2.0+ and a minimum of 64 completed credit hours to register for an internship. Any Junior or Senior Wittenberg student may apply. Please submit an online application along with your current resume, two letters of reference or recommendation forms (professors, coaches or supervisors are best), and a cover letter addressing the following:

  • What interests you in the projects for which you have applied?
  • Why do you believe Community Engagement is important?
  • What skills or qualifications do you possess that set you apart from others?
  • What personal goals would you hope to accomplish during this internship?

Deadline for completing applications is Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5pm. Applications can be submitted online. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Shivler, 937-327-7936.

We will make every effort to make selections before on-line registration begins.


Wittenberg’s Sustainability Task Force:

This intern will work with Michael Brady, Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant on energy savings at Wittenberg. Together they will identify a particular project that the intern will evaluate for potential savings. The intern will need to learn to use software designed to facilitate this work and will be expected to prepare a specific recommendation for possible action.

Community Development with the City of Springfield Internship (Two Interns):

These interns will work with the Community Development Department of the City of Springfield on two projects.  The first is a reconsideration of the City’s Subdivision regulations. It will involve surveying regulations in other communities and consulting with local people to identify changes that might be considered. The second is updating the information available about Springfield historic districts including photographs of the properties in those districts.

Project Jericho Arts and Youth Internship (Two Interns):

These internships will work with Project Jericho, a program of the Clark State Performing Arts Center, which involves youth who are at-risk with the arts. The internships will support Project Jericho’s programs that range from visual arts to a gospel choir to steel drums to hip hop dancing. They will include direct work with young people, administrative work and data collection. Students interested in music, dance, visual arts or graphic design and interested  in working with youth will make good interns.


Interns selected to participate in the program will need to arrange the specifics of academic credit for their internships in consultation with their academic advisor. If credit in another department or program does not make sense, a student may register for an internship in Urban Studies. In every case, the student will need to comply with the university internship policy.

Project work will be over the course of a 15 week session with schedules accommodating student’s class schedule. Mandatory reflection sessions and various scheduled tours out in the community to be determined at a later date.  The orientation and weekly meetings of interns are integral parts of the program and must be completed in order to receive academic credit for the internship.


The internship program hopes to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase student interns’ awareness and understanding of urban/community issues.
  • Students will explore opportunities to serve the non-profit and government sectors.
  • Students will exercise and further develop their leadership, communication and problem solving skills.
  • Students will complete projects that provide a community benefit and that meet goals and expectations established by community partners working in collaboration with the Hagen Center.
  • Student perceptions about Springfield and Clark County will improve.
  • Demonstrate understanding of urban/community issues by articulating project summaries, results and recommendations during final presentations.
  • Students will complete a written report to compliment their oral final presentation to be published on a community-based web site.


Your commitment to the internship program includes:

  • Completion of the Internship form upon acceptance of the internship  http://www.wittenberg.edu/sites/default/files/media/career/forms/Internship%20Agreement%20form.pdf
  • Participate in weekly reflection to be held every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm throughout the semester. The orientation and weekly meetings of interns are integral parts of the program and must be completed in order to receive academic credit for the internship.
  • Attend the orientation and tour of Springfield, date TBD
  • Final presentation on May 9th for Wittenberg and the Springfield community
  • Final report due with the presentation
  • Pre and Post surveys
  • Three blog posts written during the semester exploring your internship and Springfield Community