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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 internshup, 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.

The Internship application process for Fall 2019 has closed. Thank you for applying.

Catholic Charities Refugees and Immigrant Services

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services

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 clients in becoming self-sufficient by helping to bridge language and social and cultural gaps through training and education. Intern will be expected to:

Provide ongoing interaction with the client regarding questions and concerns and assisting with their ongoing educational and training needs.

Meet with clients in both a one on one as well as a classroom setting and provide support that is focused but to limited to acculturation, English Language training, and furthering higher education 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 home and in the community.

Internship Specifications:

Interns are expected to work 10-12 hours a week during the Fall 2019 Butler semester (September 3rd, 2019-December 13th, 2019). 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.


Center for Interfaith Cooperation

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 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 Fall 2019 Butler semester (Sept. 3rd – Dec. 13th, 2019).  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. 


First Congregational United Church of Christ

Just Peace Intern 

Description: The Just Peace Intern will be supervised by Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund, Senior Pastor of historic First Congregational UCC and assist the congregation in developing an innovative program as a Just Peace church, fulfilling the principles of Just Peace. The Just Peace Intern will work with the Pastor and congregation leaders in finding community partners to engage in peacemaking and justice work. 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 provide 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 2019 fall semester (Sept 3 –December 13), 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.


Jewish Community Center

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 afterschool or participate in an arts program. We have almost 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 position will assist in the production of design materials and meeting the needs of internal clients at the JCC and at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. Responsibilities may include working on the production of 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 work flow: planning, concepts, design, output and/or printer estimates.

This position will help with several communication channels to current and potential members of the JCC and donors to the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. 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, including but not limited to establishing relationships with JCC members through social media and contacting new and existing customers via several different communication channels. This position is responsible for tracking the progress of their 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 computer graphics skills in Adobe Creative Suite (particularly
InDesign and PhotoShop) is preferred.
An ability to manage time and multi-task.
Good verbal communications skills.
Available 10-12 hours a week from September 3, 2019 through December 13th, 2019.
Compensation is $11/hour.
Ability to work with Wordpress is preferred.
Photography experience a plus.


Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Description:  The intern will be supervised by Julie Mennel, Project Grace Help Desk Manager and 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 take place at the Expungement Help Desk, located in the City County Building. The Help Desk is an extension of Clinic services and provides 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 2019 fall semester (September 3- December 13, 2019), 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.