Social Justice Internships
The SSRI is committed to enhancing the learning environment of students both within and beyond the classroom. In many of their classes, students become motivated to study social problems and work in the field, helping to address problems that have aroused their interest and concern. Often they are first generation students who have personal understanding of a problem, and armed with accurate knowledge, seek to become advocates of reform. With its emphasis on general education courses in sociology, anthropology, history, psychology, political science, economics, English literature, and philosophy as well as numerous capstone and experiential courses, the college encourages dedication to social issues among an increasing number of students.
The SSRI seeks to build on this phenomenon. As students emerge from classes with a heightened sensitivity to social issues, the SSRI will give them opportunities to act, participating in regional community organizations that respond to injustice and deprivation. The SSRI will arrange and supervise student and faculty interactions with community–based organizations which invite student interns, volunteers, and others to participate in their organizations. Students will graduate not merely with a record of service and civic engagement but rather with a sincere and lifelong commitment of service to others.
Student Internships with the Center for Social Justice
Social justice issues will inform all research, projects, activities, and events within the Institute; therefore the Center for Social Justice will be the focus of activity. Among the areas to be explored are immigration, education, health and housing, criminal and legal inequities, health care, environmental justice, and job and housing discrimination.
Through grant funding, the Social Science Research Institute's Center for Social Justice will fund semester-long student internships at not-for-profit organizations. Student applicants will be welcomed from all four schools on campus: Arts and Sciences, Business, Health Sciences, and Engineering Technology. Selected students will receive a stipend for a 120-hour internship experience at an NPO and will also attend 30 hours of seminar and supervision with the SSRI Research Program Coordinator.
Internship projects and the selection of the NPO will be made jointly by the SSRI Program Director, Eva Pearson, the student, the SSRI Executive Director, Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch, and a representative of the student’s department (if said student is receiving internship credit from their department) to ensure internship project adheres to the academic department's guidelines. Student internships will be coordinated and supervised by the Program Director of the SSRI.