An experience of direct service and reflection in the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
LASALLIAN SERVICE INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
The Lasallian Service Internship course - LSI - has been a tradition at Saint Mary's College since 1985. Formerly called "Christian Service Internship," 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 2013, students served at 11 different local, domestic, and international schools, youth programs, homeless shelters, daycare centers, social service agencies, and community centers. This year, we have expanded the program to include over 25 local, domestic, and international service sites for students to choose from.
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. The dates of the seminars are 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, and 12/3.
We are very excited to offer two LSI courses: LSI I (Jan 181-01) is for students who have not previously taken a Christian Service Internship (CSI) course. LSI II (Jan 181-02) is designed for students who have previously taken a CSI 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 (JAN 181) can be found on the Jan Term website.
LSI SITE INFORMATION
For More Information
Please contact Carrie Davis for more information about the Lasallian Service Internship. She can be contacted by phone at 925-631-4982 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this video of students who served in South Africa last year: