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Center for Experiential Learning

Social Justice Internship

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead


The 2015-2016 Application period has ended!

Any questions about the Social Justice Internship can be directed to: Andrew Miller, Community Partnerships Coordinator.

About the Program:

The Social Justice Internship Grant Program is a year-long, 275-300 hour internship experience.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in significant work at one of three Chicago area non-profits:  Catholic Charities, LIFT-Chicago, and Misericordia.  Through a competitive application process, 10 students will be selected and will move through the internship experience in a cohort model.  In the first (fall) semester, students will participate in trainings on campus and at their site.  The cohort will meet monthly for community building, reflection, and continued training.  In the second (spring) semester, students will enroll in a section of UNIV 390, gaining 3 hours of academic credit for their internship experience. 

Students will receive a $2,500.00 grant each semester ($5,000.00 total) per successful completion of program requirements.  This grant will be applied to the student’s educational costs at Loyola. 


About our Partner Organizations:

Catholic Charities

Whether they are young or old, hungry or addicted, homeless or friendless, Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, we bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.

 All about help and just about everywhere. Catholic Charities is in your neighborhood. With more than 159 programs at 156 locations across Cook and Lake counties, we help people of all races and religions move toward empowerment and self-sufficiency. Last year we touched the lives of more than 1 million parents, children, seniors and individuals, helping them through hard times.

Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church. When clients seek help from Catholic Charities– whether for emergency assistance or for another type of help–they enter into a network with services that range from counseling to job training to immunization linkage.



The Mission of Misericordia/Heart of Mercy is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life. We promote development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.

Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged.  By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home.

Through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs, Misericordia currently serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Twenty percent of our residents either come from poverty families or have no families and are wards of the State.



LIFT is a national nonprofit organization that works to lift people out of poverty for good. LIFT advocates work with members individually to secure stable housing, to utilize public benefits and tax credits, and obtain referrals for services like childcare and healthcare. 

 The Member, not the Advocate, takes the reins. After all, it is the Member’s goals that we’re tackling and the Member’s dreams that we’re fulfilling. Advocates are rigorously trained in supporting them to success.

By setting their own goals and working to achieve them, Members are better equipped to get a job, a safe home, and an education for themselves and their children. They also build a support network, confidence in what they bring to the table, and the skills to manage tough times in the future.


About our Current Interns:

Are you curious what this year's interns are doing?  Click THIS LINK to find out more about their work and what they're learning from their experiences.  Their profiles will give you a sense of what you might be doing and learning as a Social Justice Intern. 




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