Community Building Internships (CBIs)

Summer 2022 CBI Opportunities Are Now Closed!

With much gratitude to the generous donors that make these internships possible, we are pleased to announce that the CCE has 25 Community Building Internship opportunities available for *eligible K students for summer 2022. These opportunities pay $4,000 per internship and are available for students to apply to beginning January 10th and ending at 5pm on March 18th, 2022. Please visit Handshake and type “CBI” in the search bar or see positions listed below.

*In the CCE’s ongoing commitment to work toward greater equity in resource allocation, these summer internship positions (in cooperation with the CCPD) are a competitive application process open only to students who meet eligibility criteria, i.e. first-generation college students (as self-reported to the College) and/or students with high financial need (as determined by the Financial Aid Office). While students are encouraged to apply to as many internships as they like, they are not able to work at the same internship site more than one summer, and they may only receive one stipend from Kalamazoo College each summer for an internship, either CBI, CCPD or Arcus. Please contact Moises Hernandez if you have questions about your eligibility or about the internships.  Please note, on-campus housing will not be available this summer and all interns must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the site.

Intern Expectations

  • Internships last between 6-10 weeks, with roughly 30-40 work hours per week.
  • Internships should not exceed 280 hours, nor be less than 240 hours.
  • Interns are expected to have a weekly check-in with the CCE staff.
  • Interns and their Internship Supervisor will work together to create a CBI Learning Contract to be submitted to the CCE.
  • Biweekly reflection pieces will be incorporated during the duration of your internship. CBI Student Biweekly Reflections
  • Interns will complete a project or artifact about their experience – such as a short film, poster, or product of the work itself – that conveys the essence of the organization and/or their work with the organization and/or what they have learned, which will be showcased at a final celebration dinner.
  • A final written reflection will be required at the end of the internship.
  • Interns may be asked to participate in a FYF or other presentation on behalf of the CCE and their CBI in Fall or Winter Quarter of the following academic year. 
  • CBI 2022 Student Intern Paperwork

Supervisor Expectations

  • All internship positions must give the student meaningful opportunities to contribute to the Kalamazoo community while increasing the organizations capacity to fulfill its mission.
  • Internships last between 6-10 weeks, with 30-40 work hours per week. Internships should not exceed 280 hours or be less than 240 hours and must be held between June 13th and August 28th.
  • Interns and their Internship Supervisor will work together to create a CBI Learning Contract to be submitted to the CCE after the first week in the position.
  • Regular, weekly meetings shall be held between interns and supervisors.
  • All organizations are required to use the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) logo in virtual or other advertising when referring to any interns/internships provided to them through the CCE.
  • A final written reflection will be required at the end of the internship.
  • CBI 2022 Supervisor Paperwork and Timeline
  • CBI Supervisor Final Reflection.

Recorded CBI Celebrations

Virtual 2021 Community Building Internship (CBI) Celebration!

Thank you to everyone who joined the Center for Civic Engagement staff, CBI interns, and community partners for our Community Building Internship 2021 Celebration on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 through Zoom. Interns presented their reflection projects that encompassed their internship experience. A link to the recording can be found here: Recording of CBI 2021 Celebration.

Summer 2021 Final Projects can be found here: CBI 2021 Final Projects

Virtual 2020 Community Building Internship (CBI) Celebration!

Thank you to everyone who joined the Center for Civic Engagement staff, CBI interns, and community partners for our Community Building Internship 2020 Celebration on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 through Zoom. Interns presented the final projects and reflections that encompassed their internship experience. Recording of CBI 2020 Celebration.

Summer 2020 Final Project Presentations can be found here: CBIs 2020 Final Projects


SUMMER 2021 CBIs

  • City of Kalamazoo Engagement Intern, Economic Development
  • Equitable Communities Intern for United Way
  • Outreach & Volunteer Coordination Intern for Can-Do Kitchen
  • Intern for Zoo City
  • Fair Food Intern at Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Foundation Support Specialist for City of Kalamazoo
  • Intern for EASEL
  • Youth Leadership Intern for Peace House
  • Community Engagement Associate for KC Ready 4s
  • Engagement Specialist for Urban Alliance
  • Food Justice PFC/KFM Marketing Intern
  • Community Outreach and Program Activities Intern for Building Blocks of Kalamazoo
  • Vocational Program Assistant for AACORN
  • Legal Service Assistant for Farmworker Legal Services (FLS)
  • Life Guides Program Belonging Specialist for Goodwill
  • Public Policy Intern for YWCA
  • Youth Recreation Intern for City of Kalamazoo, Parks & Recreation
  • Out-of-School Time Program Development Intern for KYD Network
  • Racial Healing Initiative Assistant for SHARE
  • Interdepartmental Intern for RAWK
  • Academia Azteca Intern for El Concilio
  • Public Policy Intern for Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC)
  • Sustainability and Climate Intern for City of Kalamazoo, Economic Development

SUMMER 2020 CBIs

  • AACORN – Vocational Program Assistant
  • Building Blocks – Outreach and Program Activities Intern
  • City of Kalamazoo – Foundation Support Specialist
  • City of Kalamazoo – Neighborhood Activation Intern
  • City of Kalamazoo Community Planning & Economic Development – Sustainability and Climate Intern
  • City of Kalamazoo Planning Department – Non-Motorized Intern
  • El Concilio – Academia Azteca Intern
  • Farmworker Legal Services – Legal Service Assistant
  • Goodwill Industries – Life Guides Assistant Program Specialist
  • Kalamazoo County Ready 4s – Community Engagement Associate
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center – Fair Food Intern
  • Kalamazoo Youth Development Network – Out-of-School Time Program Development Intern
  • Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) – Public Policy Intern
  • Peace House Kalamazoo – Youth Leadership Intern
  • RAWK – Interdepartmental Intern
  • SHARE – Racial Healing Project Intern
  • Urban Alliance – Engagement Support Specialist
  • YWCA – Public Policy Intern

Students and Staff at 2019 CBI orientation
Summer 2019 CBI Orientation

Summer 2019 CBIs

  • Outreach and Program Activities Intern for Building Blocks of Kalamazoo
  • Advocacy Intern for Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
  • AACORN Vocational Assistant
  • Legal Service Assistant for Farmworker Legal Services (FLS)
  • City of Kalamazoo Planning Department Non-motorized Intern
  • City of Kalamazoo Youth Recreation Intern
  • City of Kalamazoo HUD Grant Engagement Specialist
  • City of Kalamazoo Foundation Support Specialist
  • City of Kalamazoo Sustainability & Climate Intern
  • YWCA Public Policy Intern
  • Peace House Youth Leadership Intern
  • RAWK Executive Intern
  • Academia Azteca Intern with El Concilio
  • Racial Healing Initiative Projects Intern with SHARE
  • Fair Food Matters Intern with Kalamazoo Nature Center
  • Teen Services Coordinator with Boys and Girls Club
  • Justice for Our Neighbors Intern

Summer 2018 CBIs

  • Program Coordinator Intern for Building Blocks of Kalamazoo
  • Advocacy Intern for Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes (KLF)
  • Vocational Program Assistant for AACORN
  • Legal Service Assistant for Farmworker Legal Services (FLS)
  • City of Kalamazoo Planning & Historic Inventory Intern (Planning Division)
  • City of Kalamazoo Youth Recreation Intern (Parks & Recreation)
  • City of Kalamazoo Economic Development Intern
  • City of Kalamazoo Public Services Intern
  • City of Kalamazoo Community Engagement Specialist, (Community Development)
  • Early Childhood Public Intern with the YWCA
  • Youth Leadership Intern with Peacehouse
  • Executive Intern for RAWK
  • Communications and Engagement Intern for DKI