As a Social Justice Intern, I help refugees from Catholic Charities transition to their lives in the United States by accompanying them to medical appointments and familiarizing them with health-care protocols. My duties include translating for Hindi- and Punjabi-speaking refugees, finding them transportation, assisting them with paperwork, and determining health-care facilities accessible via Medicaid, as well as answering any questions they have about health care, Chicago, and cultural acclimation. My goal is to help refugees become medically self-sufficient so they can flourish in their new home.
The Social Justice Internship Grant is a signature program of the Center for Experiential Learning. Each year, 10 students are selected to engage in a year-long, 300 hour internship at either Catholic Charities or Misericordia, two of Chicago’s largest non-profit organizations. In addition to receiving $5,000.00 in financial aid, students also receive academic credit for their experience through a special section of UNIV 390. This competitive program is currently seeking applicants for next year’s cohort. More information about the program and the application can be found at: http://www.luc.edu/experiential/socialjusticeinternship/