An experience of direct service and reflection in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching



LSI applications for Jan Term 2016 will be available in September. Check back later this summer for details about Info Sessions and the application process. 


The Lasallian Service Internship course - LSI - has been a tradition at Saint Mary's College since 1985. Formerly called "Christian Service Internship (CSI)," its goal is to provide opportunities for students to engage reflectively in the Lasallian tradition of direct service to the poor.

Each student enrolled in the LSI course spends the entire Jan Term volunteering with an organization that works with the underserved. Students choose where they would like to volunteer from a variety of types of service sites. During January 2014, students served at 18 different local, domestic, and international schools, youth programs, homeless shelters, daycare centers, social service agencies, and community centers. 

Students will live in a community at or near the locations where they will be working. A minimum of 30-40 hours per week of direct service is required, and students will be supported through regular meetings with a supervisor. During the fall semester, students will participate in four mandatory seminars to discuss the readings and prepare for their service experiences. There will also be a concluding seminar in February.

We are very excited to offer two LSI courses: LSI I is for students who have not previously taken a CSI/LSI course. LSI II is designed for students who have previously taken a CSI/LSI course and would like to engage in a deeper follow-up experience at a different site.

Year after year students have returned from their month of service-learning affirming that the experience has truly been one of change: change in their preconceptions about poverty and the poor, change in their academic and firsthand knowledge of the Catholic Church's lived response to that poverty, and change in the purpose and direction of their own lives. It is for this reason that we say, “The course lasts a month… the experience lasts a lifetime.”

More Information on the Lasallian Service Internship course can be found on the Jan Term website.


(May be subject to change... Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information)

St. Anthony Foundation (San Francisco, CA) LSI 2015 InfoWebsite, Facebook page
St. Mary's Center Pre-School (Oakland, CA) LSI 2015 InfoLSI 2014 PhotosWebsite, Facebook page
St. Mary's Center for Seniors (Oakland, CA) LSI 2015 InfoWebsite, Facebook page
St. Martin de Porres (Oakland, CA) LSI 2015 InfoLSI 2014 Photos, Website
Cathedral High School (El Paso, TX) LSI 2015 Info, Website
De La Salle Blackfeet School (Browning, MT) LSI 2015 Info, Website
De La Salle Middle School & St. Cecilia's School (Saint Louis, MO) LSI 2015 Info, LSI 2014 Photos, Website (De La Salle), Video (De La Salle)Website (St. Cecilia's)
Serviam Gardens Senior Citizens' Housing/ Highbridge Community Life Center (Bronx, NY) LSI 2015 Info, LSI 2014 Photos, Serviam Gardens Website, Highbridge Website, News article about Serviam
La Salle Academy (Manhattan, NY) LSI 2015 Info, LSI 2014 Photos, Website
Ocean Tides (Naragansett, RI) LSI 2015 Info, Website
St. Raphael Academy (Pawtucket, RI) LSI 2015 Info, Website
Tides Family Services (Pawtucket, RI) LSI 2015 Info, Website
Bahay Pag-asa "House of Hope" (Bacolod City, Philippines) LSI 2015 Info, Website 
Casa de los Angeles (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico) LSI 2015 Info, LSI 2014 Photos, Website, Facebook page
CasArcobaleno "Rainbow House" (Scampia, Italy) LSI 2015 Info, Blog (in Italian)
Kids Alive International/Here for Kids (Dominican Republic - several locations) LSI 2015 Info, LSI 2014 PhotosWebsite (Here for Kids)
La Salle Educational Center (Po Thum, Cambodia) LSI 2015 Info, LSI 2014 Photos 
La Salle English and Computer Center (Yangon, Myanmar) LSI 2015 Info, Brand New YouTube Video!
Nidan Foundation Nepal (Khadichaur, Nepal) LSI 2015 Info, LSI 2014 Photo 1, Photo 2Website
St. Mary's Boys School (Nyeri, Kenya) LSI 2015 Info, Website

For More Information

Please contact Carrie Davis in the Mission and Ministry Center for more information about the Lasallian Service Internship Jan Term Course.  She can be contacted by phone at 925-631-4982 or by email at [email protected].

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