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Center for Faith and Vocation

Paid Internships through the CFV

Trying on work through an internship is a great way to discern (the ability to judge well) your calling. The Center offers internships in faith-based, social justice and nonprofit organizations in the greater Indianapolis area. These are opportunities to discover work that is meaningful to you both personally and professionally. We encourage you to reflect on the passion and energy that inspire you. Ideal internship candidates are sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We recommend that entering students spend their first year at Butler exploring questions of faith and calling through their courses, attending BCR programs such as the Butler University Seminar on Religion and Global Affairs and A New View Film Series, and in discussions with faculty and staff advisors and with new friends on campus. These experiences can provide a strong foundation for landing a great internship through the CFV. As part of the internship, the CFV will provide opportunities for vocational reflection, using the internship as an opportunity to reflect on the intern's future direction and decisions.

Internships will run from beginning to end of each semester for 10–12 hours per week at $11.00 per hour. Interns are required to write one 250–500 word blog or personal essay about the experience at the end of the internship.

Now advertising Fall 2021 Internships. Please read the application instructions carefully. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Catholic Charities Refugees and Immigrant Services—Refuge Youth Mentorship Program

Internship Description

Refugee and Immigrant Services is a program of Catholic Charities Indianapolis, an affiliate of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, INC). Staff and volunteers are called to uphold the dignity of all people. Guided by Catholic social teaching, we consider it a privilege to deliver compassionate and caring service to help and empower those in need. Since 1975, RIS has resettled over 20,000 refugees in the Indianapolis area. We have over 40 years of commitment to promoting human dignity by assisting refugees transition to a new community. Our compassionate services empower refugees to achieve self-sufficiency.

Description: The intern will assist in continued development of a refugee youth mentorship program as well as assisting youth clients in participating in a youth mentorship program.

Intern will be expected to:

  • Provide ongoing interaction with the client regarding questions and concerns and assisting with their ongoing mentoring needs 
    • Meet with clients in both a one on one as well virtual, in-person, or phone setting and provide support to the youth’s specific needs.
    • Ensure all client needs have been met and connect client with outside sources for ongoing needs.                                                                                                                                               
  • Work with staff and volunteers to provide for the client’s comprehensive needs.                         -
  • Maintain a log of all substantive contacts with clients.                                                                   
  • Attend regular program and agency meetings.                                                                                
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Intern candidates should be comfortable working with individuals from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds as well as individuals with limited English proficiency. Candidates should be eager to learn from others and engage both one on one and in a classroom setting with the Refugee population in Indianapolis. Intern candidates must have adequate and reliable transportation with the ability and willingness to visit clients in their homes and in the community.

Internship Specifications:

Interns are expected to work 10-12 hours a week during the Fall 2021 Butler semester. Interns will be paid $11/hour by the CFV. Interns will participate in vocational reflection conversations with other CFV interns as part of the paid internship during the semester. Please note that our office operates Monday-Thursday 8:00-5:30 and intern hours must be completed during this time frame.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Michele Schrougham, Supervisor of Resettlement Services with Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services ( as well as Marguerite Stanciu (, Assistant Director for the Center for Faith and Vocation.

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 9, 2021, 5:00 PM.

Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Internship Description:

Through the internship at CIC, Butler students are given the opportunity to explore their professional and spiritual journey by engaging with representatives from religiously diverse organizations. Students will broaden their religious literacy while strengthening their skills in non-profit administration and program development by attending staff, board, and executive committee meetings, and by planning and facilitating meetings and community events.

Ideal intern candidates bring a commitment to exploring and fostering interfaith understanding, respect for diversity, strong communication skills (written and verbal), and some experience in event planning and organization.

Internship Specifications: Interns are expected to work 10-12 hours a week during the Spring 2021 Butler semester.  Interns are paid $11/hour. The Intern will keep a weekly journal; meet regularly with the center director during the course of the internship and Interns are required to write one 250-500 word blog or personal essay about the experience at the end of the internship. Interns will participate in vocational reflection conversations with other CFV interns as part of the paid internship during the semester. 

Application details: Send your resume and cover letter to Charlie Wiles, Executive Director CIC, AND to Marguerite Stanciu, Assistant Director, Center for Faith and Vocation.

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 9, 2021, by 5:00 PM.


First Congregational United Church of Christ—Just Peace Program

Just Peace Intern at First Congregational United Church of Christ

Description: The Just Peace Intern will be supervised by Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, Senior Pastor of historic First Congregational UCC (, and assist leading the congregation in an innovative Just Peace program fulfilling the principles of Just Peace. The Just Peace Intern will work with the Pastor, congregation leaders, and community nonprofit Faith In Indiana to do the work of community organizing to engage in peacemaking and justice work. Justice issues include (but not limited to): Mental Health, LGBTQ, Race, Environment, Housing Insecurity, and Food Insecurity.  This internship will take place at First Congregational UCC located at 7171 N. Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis, Indiana with the possibility of working with the national UCC Justice and Witness offices in Washington, D.C. 

The goal of this program is to introduce the Just Peace Intern to the national Just Peace movement as part of the United Church of Christ and help the church live into a deeper understanding of the faith communities’ prophetic call to the work to alleviate systemic injustice of all kinds using non-violence, challenging us to explore the intersections between peace and justice, offering to the world the prophetic message, grounded in the hope that “Peace is possible!”

Qualifications: The candidate must be a second-year student or higher and have the desire/ability to learn quickly, work one on one with others, lead small groups, multi-task, strong communication skills, and be open to people of various faith traditions. Students of any faith, secular, or seeker identities are welcome to apply.

Internship Expectations: The Just Peace Intern will be expected to work 10-12 hours a week during the 2020 Fall semester (Monday, August 31–Friday, December 11, 2020), will be compensated at $11 per hour, and required to write a 250-500 word blog or personal essay about the experience at the completion of the internship. Interns will participate in vocational reflection conversations with others as part of the paid internship during the semester.

Application Materials and Deadline: Please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of ">Rev. Sarah Lund"> AND to Marguerite Stanciu, Assistant Director of the Center for Faith and Vocation. 

Deadline to apply: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Jewish Community Center—Marketing Intern

Position Title: Marketing Intern

Introduction to the JCC

As a community center, nearly 1,000 people visit the JCC daily to work out, drop their children off for preschool or after school or participate in an arts program. We have about 4,000 member households and have been in existence for more than 100 years. Our mission, guided by Jewish values and traditions, is to provide inclusive experiences that lead to personal growth and community building. Together, we inspire all people to become the best versions of themselves.

 The Marketing Internship position supports the marketing department with several important and value-added assignments within the communications, marketing, and graphic design functional areas. Depending on the level of experience, the intern may take a project from start to finish or participate in many projects to contribute to the department’s overall work process. By the end of the experience, the intern will have added meaningful work samples to his/her portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

Graphic Design: This function designs materials for multiple departments like Fitness, Tennis, Aquatics, Education, and Arts. Responsibilities may include working on materials (using Adobe InDesign & Photoshop) for upcoming events via print (e.g., posters, flyers, handouts, ads, signage) and electronic (e.g., eSignature, website, eBlast, social media) channels. As well, this position may participate in other aspects of the workflow: planning, concepts, design, and output.

  •  This position will help with several communication channels to current and potential members of the JCC. Some activities will include assisting with the drafting and management of social media communications, e-blasts, magazine communications, and press releases.
  •  This position will assist in the development of marketing plans and is responsible for tracking the progress of its marketing efforts and encouraged to identify new marketing strategies.


  • Enrolled in a college program, junior or senior-level status. Seeking a degree in Visual Communications, Marketing, or Graphic Design is preferred.
  • Strong portfolio and proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (particularly InDesign and PhotoShop).
  • An ability to manage time and multi-task.
  • Good verbal communication skills.
  • Available 10 hours a week from August 25 through Dec 3, 2021. Because of training and file sharing, work would need to be onsite the first month. Then work could be completed remotely as long as time is allotted for interviewing staff and members and taking photos and video on-site. Please note that the JCC is closed for Jewish holidays for five days in September—September 7, 8, 16, 21, and 28.
  • Compensation is $11/hour.
  • The ability to work with WordPress is preferred.
  • Photography experience a plus.

 How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to Lisa Waite, JCC Director of Marketing at AND to Marguerite Stanciu, Assistant Director of the Center for Faith and Vocation at

Applications are due by Friday, April 9, 2021, by 5:00 PM.

Muslim Alliance of Indiana-Community Outreach Intern

About MAI

After the events of 9/11, misinformation regarding Muslims and Islam rapidly spread throughout the nation and Indiana alike. A small group of leaders within the Muslim Hoosier community realized that the most effective path to dispel these misconceptions was to rally Muslim Hoosiers together and encourage civic engagement, establish interfaith alliances, and connect intra-faith communities throughout the state.

From this small group, the Muslim Alliance of Indiana was born. Since its inception, MAI has consistently worked for an Indiana that not only ensures social justice for Muslims, but for all Hoosiers. MAI envisions a future in which thriving and integrated Hoosier Muslims serve their broader communities and the state, and in which they are considered as an indispensable component of Indiana’s political, economic, religious and social fabrics. We work towards building a broad Hoosier Muslim community that is strong in its diversity, inclusive, and is capable of effective collective action to preserve its civil rights and liberties, along with those of other vulnerable groups

Duties and Responsibilities:  

This position will assist MAI in communicating with and documenting efforts with interfaith, intrafaith, and civic engagement community networks, including seeking out new partnerships as well as managing current initiatives.

Some activities will include managing email communications with community partners, scheduling virtual meetings and events, and managing a database of local interfaith, intrafaith, and nonprofit partners.

This position will report to the MAI Board Chair and may also assist the MAI marketing coordinator with establishing relationships with community partners through social media and contacting new and existing partners via several different communication channels.

Enrolled in a college program; sophomore, junior or senior level status
An ability to take initiative and manage projects
Professional verbal and written communications skills
Available 10-12 hours a week
Ability to work with Zoom and virtual platforms is preferred
Wordpress and social media experience is beneficial

How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to, subject “MAI Intern Application AND to Marguerite Stanciu,
Deadline to apply: April 9, 2021, 5:00 PM


Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic—Project Grace Help Desk

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Description:  The intern will be supervised by Julie Mennel, Project Grace Help Desk Manager, and will assist individuals who are seeking to have their criminal records expunged without the representation of an attorney. The Help Desk Intern will guide visitors through the process of gathering all of the necessary information, assisting them in the evaluation as to their eligibility for expungement, and working with them to draft and file the necessary documents with the courts.  This internship will either be remote (as it has been the  Fall semester due to the pandemic) or take place at the Expungement Help Desk, located in the City-County Building if it is deemed safe to do so. The Help Desk is an extension of Clinic services and provides a great experience for those who are interested in learning more about the community and the process that one goes through to clear their records and start afresh.  

Goals:  The goal of this program is to introduce an intern to Project GRACE through the activities supported by the Help Desk and provide a deeper understanding of the Clinic’s prophetic call to “Seek justice, defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." (Isaiah 1:17).  

Qualifications:  Sophomores, juniors, or seniors and all majors are welcome.  Candidates should feel comfortable working one on one with visitors, have good listening and communication skills, have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and be attentive to detail/accuracy. Students must be well organized and have good writing skills. 

Internship Expectations: The intern is expected to work 10-12 hours a week during the 2021 fall semester, will be compensated $11 per hour, and required to write a 250-500 word blog or personal essay about the experience at the completion of the internship. Intern will participate in vocational reflection conversations with other CFV interns as part of the paid internship during the semester. Application Materials and Deadline:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to the attention of Emily Reynolds (, Volunteer Coordinator at Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic,  Julie Mennel (, Expungement Help Desk Manager  AND Marguerite Stanciu (, Assistant Director at the Center for Faith and Vocation by Friday, April 9, at 5:00 PM