2017 Community Internship Program

Summer 2017

May 30 – July 21

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Community Internship Program. This internship will consist of an 8 week program designed to provide you with practical experience in your field of study, personal area of interest, or future career path 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+. Any Junior or Senior Wittenberg student may apply. Please submit an online application along with your current resume,  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?

For first consideration, submit application by 5pm Friday, March 31st. Interviews will begin April 3rd. Applications will be accepted until projects are filled. Applications should be submitted online. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Shivler, 937-327-7936.

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This is a full-time paid internship. Interns selected to participate in the program will be paid $10.00/hour. All interns will be expected to work approximately 35 hours per week. Wages earned will be paid once a month based on hours worked and recorded. Dates of pay will be July 15th, August 15th, and September 15th. The 2017 Community Internship Program will run from Tuesday, May 30th through Friday, July 21st. Selected interns will be expected to be in Springfield, working at internship sites during regular business hours Monday-Friday every week. Each Friday afternoon, interns will come to the Hagen Center from 1pm to 5pm for a weekly reflection session and leadership series featuring local community members. All reflection sessions are mandatory.


A housing stipend of $500, or an apartment in Keller, will be provided if no other campus housing is available. All University policies regarding campus residence will be in effect and any additional charges incurred for damage will be the responsibility of the student.  Move in dates are: Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th. Move out dates: Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd.


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 Friday throughout the internship.
  • Attend the orientation and tour of Springfield during the first week of the internship.
  • Final presentation on July 21 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

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