Community Based Internship Program

Community Based Internship Program

Community Based Internship Program


The Community Based Internship Program (CBI) is a credit-bearing learning experience coordinated by the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) in collaboration with community partners. CBI is a mutually beneficial program for both students and community partners.

In CBI, students intern (8-10 hours/week for one semester) at Bay Area nonprofits, community organizations in the public service sector, and on campus departments that promote social justice efforts. The internship also includes a bi-weekly seminar focused on adaptive leadership, theories of change, and vocational exploration.

Our aim is for students to contribute to marginalized communities and/or to promote efforts of social justice and sustainability through direct service or capacity building, while engaging in personal and professional development. 

Student Benefits

  • Join community-based organizations engaged in critical social justice work
  • Connect with mentors who are experts in their field
  • Engage in dialogue and study with a community of students
  • Explore career pathways and vocation
  • Receive $2,000 Educational Leadership Study Grant upon completion

Student Learning Outcomes

Through ongoing critical reflection, reading, writing, internship responsibilities, and seminar activities, students fully engaged in this course will:

  • Describe and apply theories of change to the specific work of their community partner organization.
  • Utilize discipline-based knowledge to explore the social justice issues evident in the community partner organization’s work.
  • Recognize and describe their growing sense of vocation and purpose related to public service.
  • Identify the personal and professional skills developed through the internship experience.
  • Express their understanding of the interconnections between their experience and their responsibilities as members of social or professional communities.

The Components of CBI

  1. Interactive Seminar  This 90-minute bi-weekly interactive seminar is facilitated by Adeline Diaz, MA, CILSA Assistant Director for Community Engaged Leadership. The seminar focuses on adaptive leadership, theories of change, and vocational exploration. Assignments and course activities specifically link to students’ internship experience.
  2. Engagement at Community Partner Site  The community partner site supervisor will provide direction, supervision, and mentoring to the CBI student. They will offer mid-term and final evaluations of students’ performance.

Contact Adeline Diaz <> for more information.