School Profile: Xavier’s Summer Service Internship Program

In a community forged from diversity, the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice challenges and supports Xavier’s diverse constituents as they pursue these complimentary ends. Through faith formation, education for social change and dialogue, we seek to equip students to live in a diverse world where faith matters and justice is imperative. Inspired by Ignatian spirituality and Catholic Social Teaching, the Center is built on the invitation to find God in all things and the principles of solidarity and the common good. The doors of the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice are open to all.

The Summer Service Internship Program provides the students of Xavier University with the opportunity to engage in social service in the Cincinnati area and nurture relationships with the broader community. This internship seeks to educate participants through Service, Reflection and living in Community in order that they integrate their experiences into a lifelong commitment to Social Justice and contributing to the betterment of society. By learning through service, this program develops students to be men and women for and with others in accordance with the Jesuit identity of Xavier University.

For the nineteenth consecutive year, Xavier University will offer its Summer Service Internship Program. Historically, interns have become active members in the Cincinnati community, using their talents to address the city’s social needs. Additionally, the internship is designed to encourage service learning by building a community of service interns on campus who can share insights, reflect on their experiences and address issues affecting society. Weekly reflection sessions allow students to exchange experiences, pose questions, and provide support for one another. Students also read articles and keep a journal throughout the internship to help them gain a broader understanding of the impact of their work.

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