Get Involved

Internships

Intern, noun-a person who works as an apprentice or trainee in an occupation or profession to gain practical experience...1

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of South Bend’s (RJKCCC) Internship Program’s mission is to develop individuals through experimental learning in a real-world working environment and help aid those individuals as they transition from academics into a profession. The South Bend Kroc Center offers two types of internship programs. Our college internship program is available to those individuals that are currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, vocational or trade school, or certification program. Similar to our college internship program, our Service Learning Internship Program is available to individuals, eighteen (18) and under, that are currently enrolled in high school, alternative school (GED Program, etc.) or homeschool.

College Internship Program

The Salvation Army, Ray and Joan Kroc Crops Community Center of South Bend’s (RJKCCC) College Internship Program’s goal is to provide students with the chance to develop professionally, identify personal assets and areas in need of development, apply knowledge learned in the classroom to practical situations, and acquire an understanding of the responsibilities and requirements of the type of career they are pursing.

The South Bend Kroc Center has six objectives in its Internship Program, which are taken from the National Society of Experiential Education. They are to provide the following:
  1. Opportunities in Career Exploration
  2. Assist in Academic Development
  3. Promote Civic and Social Responsibility
  4. Increase Cross-Cultural Awareness
  5. Advance Leadership Development
  6. Encourage Ethical Development

The intern will receive professional training in The Salvation Army’s Protection Program, Safe From Harm, The Search Institute’s Program, the 40 Developmental Assets, and Internship Training which will go into detail about The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Crops Community of South Bend’s company’s policies. Current college internship opportunities are posted on the right of this page.

High School Service Learning Internship Program

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of South Bend (RJKCCC) Service–Learning Internship Program’s mission is to integrate community service, personal development and hands on learning for high school students. Our program gives students the opportunity to learn through active participation; in turn, promoting civic responsibility, strengthening problem-solving skills and building their self-esteem.

This program gives students the chance to develop professionally, identify personal assets, apply knowledge learned in the classroom to practical situations, and acquire a deeper understanding of the responsibilities and requirements of the type of career that they are pursing.

Taken from the National Society of Experiential Education, RJKCCC’s Service Learning Internship Program will provide the following:
  1. Opportunities in Career Exploration
  2. Assist in Academic Development
  3. Promote Civic and Social Responsibility
  4. Increase Cross-Cultural Awareness
  5. Advance Leadership Development
  6. Encourage Ethical Development

In addition to using the National Society of Experiential Education as a guide, the program will also incorporate three other nationally recognized research groups’ models to create an effective service-learning program for high school students.

Taken from the National Youth Leadership Council and RMC Research’s quality standards for creating an effective service learning program, RJKCCC’s Service Learning Internship Program will do the following:
  1. Give youth a strong voice in assisting management in planning as well as an opportunity to evaluate their service-learning experience.
  2. Offer meaningful and effective projects that allows the student to feel connected, relevant and useful to their community.
  3. Give students an opportunity to engage in reflection activities, such as journal writing, that encourages them towards critical thinking and the analysis of their daily activities and self.
  4. Give students an opportunity to work and serve individuals from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds. Students will be able to help The Salvation Army, “…meet human needs in His [Jesus] name without discrimination.”

RJKCCC’s Learning Service Internship Program will use the Search Institutes’ 40 Developmental Assets to help build healthy and responsible young adults. Each student’s Intern Supervisor was professionally trained, by the institute, on how to create positive and influential relationships with young adults.

The student’s Supervisor’s goal is that the student develops the following:
  1. Social Competencies: A component found from the Internal Assets section, an area that elaborates on the following: planning and decision making; interpersonal competence; cultural competence; resistance skills; and peaceful conflict resolution.
  2. Commitment to Learning: A component found from the Internal Assets section, an area that elaborates on the following: achievement motivation; school engagement; homework; bonding to school; and reading for pleasure.
  3. Positive Values: A component found from the Internal Assets section, an area that elaborates on the following; caring, equality and social justice; integrity; honesty; responsibility; and restraint.
  4. Positive Identity: A component found from the Internal Assets section, an area that elaborates on the following: personal power, self-esteem, sense of purpose and positive view of personal future.

The intern will receive professional training in The Salvation Army’s Protection Program, Safe From Harm and Internship Training which will go into detail about The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Crops Community of South Bend’s company’s policies. Current Service Learning Internship opportunities are listed on the right of this page.

Questions? Suggestions?

Submit questions and suggestions with our online Contact Form, email [email protected] or give us a call at 574-233-9471.

Share