The Internship Program is a paraprofessional community-based learning experience, which allows undergraduate students to obtain professional work experience while pursuing defined learning goals and objectives. Social justice-oriented engagement with the community to enhance vocational discernment is the cornerstone of the program. The year-long commitment offers an in-depth exploration of community needs and services.

The program provides juniors and seniors with a rich and deep experience in the local community. Arrupe Interns are matched with a community partner for a full academic year, spending an average of six to eight hours per week in the community. The program is designed to meet the needs of community partners but also to help Arrupe Interns delve into individual passions and areas of interest. As liaisons, Arrupe Interns serve as a resource for other SCU students in the weekly engagement program while learning more about a profession in the public and non-profit sectors.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Must be a current sophomore or junior in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or better)
  • Must have previous experience working/learning with the community, preferably through the Ignatian Center
  • Must be able to commit six to 10 hours per week for a full academic year (includes travel time to/from site)


Community Placement

  • Engage in the community for six to eight hours per week throughout the academic year (Sept. to June)
  • Participate in initial site visit and supervision meetings
  • Act as a liaison between the Ignatian Center and the host organization


Weekly Engagement Program

  • Act as a resource person for and mentor to SCU students who participate at the host organization in the Weekly Engagement Program
  • Assist with the sign-up process and quarterly orientation for students


Student Leadership

  • Participate in bi-weekly intern meetings
  • Assist with Ignatian Center events, as appropriate
  • Attend the ISL Jesuit Dinner, Fall Retreat, Arrupe Gathering, Spring Retreat, and End of Year Dinner


Interns receive a stipend.


The application deadline for the 2014-15 Arrupe Internships has now passed.


Meet some of our interns and learn about their experiences.


Rosa Guerra-Sarabia: or 408-554-5011
Tam Hixson: or at 408-554-4641

Apply for a 2014-2015 Arrupe Internship

The application deadline the 2014-2015 Arrupe Internships has now passed.




Katy Jacobs '15
Alma Senior Center

"I applied for the Arrupe internship because I believe that getting involved in a community outside of SCU is an important aspect of my education." Read More