Info Sessions & FAQs

The Lasallian Service Internship I course will be offered for January Term 2023, with placements at sites in Concord, Oakland, and San Francisco. LSI I fulfills COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and COMMON GOOD core curriculum requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Q: When are the LSI I info sessions? 

     A: See flyer below

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Q: When is the LSI application due?

     A: The priority deadline is Tuesday, September 13. This will allow enough time for us to talk through placement options so that you can be approved to register for the LSI course in time for travel course registration on Sept 19. If not all spots are filled by then, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the end of September.

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Q: When are the LSI interviews?

     A: You will be prompted to sign up for a 30 minute (max) interview after you submit your application. Interviews for everyone who submitted an application by the priority deadline of September 13 will be interviewed Sept 13-15. Interviews may extend through the end of September, or until all spots are filled. The main purpose of this interview is to talk through the expectations of the course, and to talk about placement options. 

Q: Are travel scholarships available for LSI?

     A: Yes, a LSI I scholarship fund also exists for qualified students who take LSI I - local locations. This scholarship covers transportation costs of commuting to and from your site placement. 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). 

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

     A: Yes, LSI I meets the COMMON GOOD and COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT requirements of the Core Curriculum

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

     A. Contact Carrie Davis (cak6@stmarys-ca.edu

Q. Are there any fall committments for this course?

     A. Yes, there will be 1 site-specific meeting in October to attend (meaning - one meeting each for students who will be at the same site in Jan Term, flexible depending on schedules) so that you can have time to prepare for the requirements of your site (varies by site, but may include fingerprinting, TB test, etc). There will also be some assignments due the first day of Jan Term that you will want to complete in fall or over the Christmas break.

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

     A: No, 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, so students should have a level of comfortability with this. Also, students should be prepared for some references to religion (particularly in the Christian tradition as it relates to the Lasallian mission & tradition) and to reflect on questions 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. 30-35 hours of service per week are required for LSI, and the specific hours vary by site. Check the "site reports" for each of the sites to see the exact hours (on the LSI I sites page). Generally, the hours are during "business hours" between 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 will be available for a dinner together on campus every Wednesday evening during January Term. 

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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