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Civic Internship Program

Summer Civic Interns at City Hall with Mayor CopelandAbout the Program

The Hagen Center’s Civic Internship Program is an eight-week paid internship program that runs every summer from the last week in May through the middle of July. The program combines an internship with opportunities to engage with local leaders and to network with Wittenberg alumni. The program helps students develop skills and knowledge to be active and engaged citizens. They will learn from local leaders how communities work towards collective goals and how the work they do in their internship contributes to the building of a stronger community.

  • For information, questions, or concerns, please contact Erin Neely, 937-327-7936 or neelye@wittenberg.edu

Key Dates

  • February 10 – Q&A Zoom session
  • February 10-28 – Students that have submitted the interest form can apply to opportunities via Handshake (we recommend students apply to their top 3-4 choices)
  • March 3-19 – Internship sites interview and offer positions to students
  • April – Initial orientation for site supervisors and student interns
  • May 24 – First day of internships
  • July 16 – Last day of internship and final reception

Frequently Asked Questions

How and when do students apply for the internship program?

The Hagen Center starts recruiting for the summer internship at the beginning of spring semester. Students should complete this form to receive more information and to gain access to all Civic Internship Program opportunities listed in Handshake. Opportunities will be available starting February 10th through February 28th and students are encouraged to apply to their top 3-4 choices. On March 3rd, sites will begin to contact students, set up interviews and make a selection.

What are the requirements to apply?

Any Wittenberg student can apply with a 2.5+ GPA.

Are internships paid?

Yes, students are paid $10 an hour and will work 35 hours per week.

Where do interns live over the summer?

The Hagen Center will cover the cost of summer housing on campus for the duration of the internship (usually eight weeks).

Can students get academic credit for their internship?

Yes, but you have to register, contact your advisor and pay for the credits.

You can find more information about Internships for credit at Career Services web page.

How many hours a week are required?

Students work 35 hours per week and will attend weekly reflection dinners.

What are the requirements beyond the 35hrs/week internship?

The Hagen Center requires students to participate in a three day orientation (starting May 24th), weekly group dinners and a networking event the last week.

What are the benefits of doing the internship program?
  • Applied Learning: Chance to apply academic knowledge and skills within a work environment.
  • Soft Skill Development: Our community partners help students develop the soft skills necessary for succeeding in a professional environment.
  • Mentorship: Site supervisors provide professional development mentorship relevant to the academic interests of the student.
  • Compensation: Most local opportunities are paid, and typically at above minimum wage rates.
  • Academic Credit: Internships can receive academic credit if done with a faculty advisor who provides reflection opportunities for the student to think about how their internship experience relates to their academic coursework. Students must complete at least 35 hours of work for each academic credit.
What type of internships are available?

Each year we send a request to community partners to submit possible projects for interns to consider. Past projects include: Social Media & Marketing, Peer Counseling, Special Event Coordinator, Peer Advocates, Accounting, Recreation Coordinator, Tutoring, Non-profit fundraising, Camp Counselor, Aging Adult Activities Coordinator, and so many more.

What are students learning outcomes for the internship program?
  • Participation in the program will increase student’s awareness and understanding of the challenges and rewards of making positive change in urban communities.
  • Through interaction with community partners, faculty members and members of the Greater Springfield community, students will have the opportunity to exercise and further develop their leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Students will complete projects that meet goals and expectations established by community partners working in collaboration with the Hagen Center.
  • After building personal connections within the Greater Springfield community, student perceptions about Springfield and Clark County will improve.

What Students are Saying

“This summer project has given me confidence in my abilities to adapt to new situations and take on fairly autonomous projects. Additionally, I have experience seeing the behind the scenes working of a non-profit organization working toward the goal of youth development and poverty alleviation. My sociology background combined with these experiences has led me to develop a passion for servant leadership and social justice; things I will try to incorporate into my professional future.”

“After participating in the Hagen Center internship, my eyes were opened to the positive and progressive things about the community as well as the countless jobs opportunities. My eyes were also opened to realize that I want to help people as a career and this community is a place that could use my help just as much as any other.”

What Partner Sites are Saying

"Without the hard work of interns we would not be able to provide all of the services that we offer"

“Our agency was enhanced by the committed and dependable interns this summer.”

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