UND Winter Session

The Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) Winter Session Internship Program is a partnership that pilots and contributes to community-engaged, sustainable projects to address real world challenges in South Bend and Elkhart Indiana. Interns work in small project teams to approach complex community issues through technical, analytical, and empathetic problem-solving skills. Intern project teams use design thinking methodology, meet with stakeholders, and develop project plans to create meaningful and positive impact in the surrounding community. 

Intern Benefits:

  • 3-week internship experience 
  • Winter internships unpaid, optional 1 credit S/U Spring reflection non-departmental engineering course
  • Professional mentors for interns
  • Exceptionally diverse and collaborative environment 
  • Leadership, design thinking, and diversity, equity, and inclusion training 
  • Opportunities to network in virtual local events 

Internship Requirements: 

  • Currently enrolled UND student
  • Must be available for the entire 3-week duration for 30 hours per week, required to be available M-F 10-12 eastern time 
  • Accepting applicants from all academic backgrounds with interest in our four focus areas: Equitable Access to Health and Well Being, Safe and Affordable Housing, Urban Sustainability and Resilience, and Data - Informed Decision Support for Community Development
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build rapport with project and community partners 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment both independently and in a group setting
  • Interest in developing innovative solutions to community identified concerns 

Internship Projects:

There will be five projects to choose from for the CCI Winter Session Internship.  Click the link for a short description of each project.  Winter Sessions Project List.

Winter Internship Dates: January 4th - January 27th 

Winter Training/Orientation: 10-12 hours between the weeks of December 1st - 18th, dates and times TBD

Application Deadline: November 15th at 11:59PM



About CCI Internship Program

Our model of an educational ecosystem brings people from different backgrounds and different sectors -- educational institutions, local government, and community organizations-- together to tackle our community’s most challenging problems. We started in the Southeast neighborhood of South Bend, where the revitalization of Bowman Creek catalyzed our work and shaped our commitment to social, economic, and environmental sustainability from the very beginning. Now, we use this same framework across sectors, working with neighborhood residents to build our shared community vision across the cities of South Bend and Elkhart.

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