Info Sessions & FAQs

The Lasallian Service Internship course will not be offered during January 2021 due to Covid-19 off campus/travel restrictions. Please contact Carrie Davis (cak6@stmarys-ca.edu) with any questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

[The Q & A below reflects Jan Term 2020 information]

Q: When are the LSI I & II info sessions? 

     A: The info sessions (locations TBD) will be held:

  • Wed Sept 11, 4-5pm - Sichel 106
  • Thurs Sept 12, 5:30-6:30pm - Sichel 106
  • Fri Sept 13, 1-2pm - Sichel 106
  • Mon Sept 16, 10-11am - Mission & Ministry Center
  • Mon Sept 16, 2:30-3:30pm - Sichel 106
  • Tues Sept 17, 9-10am - Galileo 114

Q: When is the LSI application due?

     A: The application can be found online, and the link is on the LSI Homepage. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 17 at 11:59pm.

Q: When are the LSI interviews?

     A: LSI Interviews will be held September 18, 19, and 20. After applying, you will be prompted to sign up for an interview. 

Q: Are travel scholarships available for LSI?

     A: Yes, travel scholarships are available for LSI II - international locations - through the Jan Term office. Check HERE for information and to apply. A LSI I scholarship fund also exists for qualified students who take LSI I - local/domestic locations. The same selection criteria for the Jan Term office travel scholarship applies to the LSI I scholarship fund (but no scholarship application is required if ONLY applying to LSI I). Please note: LSI II scholarships can only be awarded by completing the Jan Term travel scholarship application. See above for link. 

Q: Does LSI meet any of the Core Curriculum requirements?

     A: Yes, both LSI I & II meet the COMMON GOOD and COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT requirements of the Core Curriculum

Q: Do I have to take LSI I before I can take LSI II?

     A: No, but there is an additional requirement to take LSI II: "Completion of some experience (e.g., immersion experience; travel; CILSA service) or coursework (e.g., LSI I, sociology; politics; anthropology; ethnic studies; Global and Regional Studies) that has initiated a process of reflection on matters such as culture, class, justice, diversity, etc."

Q: What should I do if I cannot make it to any of the info sessions?

     A. Contact Carrie Davis (cak6@stmarys-ca.edu) for LSI I and Michael Barram (mbarram@stmarys-ca.edu) for LSI II

Q. Are there any fall committments for this course?

     A. Yes, there are multiple mandatory fall classes for both LSI I and LSI II. Those classes will be held on Friday afternoons from 1-2:35pm. 

Q: Do I need to be Catholic or religious to take the LSI course?

     A: Students of any or no religious/spiritual backgrounds are most welcome to take LSI. The vast majority of LSI sites, however, are affiliated with religious organizations, and "Faith" is one of the themes of the course, so students should be prepared for some references to religion (particularly in the Christian tradition) and to talk about matters of faith/spirituality/worldview as they pertain to the student's own life

Q: Can I still maintain my job during Jan Term if I am at a local LSI site?

     A: That depends. 30+ hours of service per week are required for LSI, and the specific hours vary by site. Check the site reports each of the sites to see the exact hours. Generally, the hours are from about 9am-4pm, so if your work hours are outside of that timeframe, it is possible to maintain another job. Be aware that there is an expectation that all LSI students at local sites will be available for a dinner together on campus one evening per week, most likely Wednesday evenings.

Q. Am I responsible for my own transportation to and from a local LSI site? 

     A. Yes, but in many cases carpools can be worked out. There is a question about your particular transportation needs/resources on the application, and this will also be discussed during the LSI interview

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