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). Please contact Paulette Rieger at prieger@kzoo.edu if you have questions about your eligibility or about the internships. 

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 posted on Handshake.

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.
  • Weekly reflection pieces will be incorporated during the duration of your internship. CBI Student Weekly 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 2020 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 31st.
  • 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 Weekly 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 2020 Supervisor Paperwork

SUMMER 2020 CBIs – Positions are now closed. Good luck to all applicants!

  • 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 Parks and Recreation – Youth Recreation 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
  • Justice for Our Neighbors – JFON Intern
  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation – Public Policy Intern
  • Kalamazoo County Ready 4s – Community Engagement Associate
  • Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes – Community Engagement Intern
  • 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*
  • Open Doors – Housing Support Specialist
  • 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