Community Building Internships

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 for as many internships as they like, they are not able to work at the same internship site more than one summer. Please contact Paulette Rieger at prieger@kzoo.edu if you have questions about your eligibility or about the internships.  Please note, on-campus housing will not be available this summer.

These positions come with a $4,000 stipend. Additional requirements will be made available once the internship has been offered to the student.
All Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the site. Please look at requirements in position descriptions.

We look forward to our Summer 2021 Community Building Internships (CBIs) with our Community Partners.These CBIs address food insecurities, economic and educational inequities and come with a $4,000 stipend.

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

Intern Expectations

  • Internships last between 6-8 weeks, with 30-40 work hours per week. Internships should not exceed 280 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 learned, which will be showcased at a final celebration dinner.
  • A final 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 2021 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 6-8 weeks, with 30-40 work hours per week. Internships should not exceed 280 hours and must be held between June 15 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.
  • CBI Supervisor Check-in.
  • 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 reflection will be required at the end of the internship.
  • CBI 2021 Supervisor Paperwork

Did you miss our LIVE Info Session on CBIs on Tuesday, February 23rd? If so, below is the Stream Link:

  https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/1996c23b-0a86-4fed-904f-b36f87710760

Community Building Internship 2020 Virtual 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. Please click on the link below to view the presentations.

https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/88936a57-1184-43cb-98ca-cc22ec834757


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