Cincinnati Student Helps Coordinate Service Learning for Xavier Students
Summer Service Internship Program focusing on social justice
Summer break is time for most college students to earn some extra cash, travel or just relax. But for 20
The students are part of
This year, Xavier student interns spend ten weeks working at 19 different agencies for 35 hours each week. The work sites include such agencies as Healthy Moms and Babes, United Cerebral Palsy,
Students keep journals to reflect on their work and attend weekly dinner and community reflection sessions. The students will spend May 31-June 4 preparing themselves for their experience. They will travel to
Matthew Mellon, 21, of
“The Summer Service Internship is a unique program because it utilizes reflection of the service performed and encourages interns to ask questions in regards to social justice in order to understand the issue with more clarity,” says Mellon.
As this year’s student coordinator, Mellon works directly with the program’s executive director to plan events and visit the work sites. They visit each work site at least once during the ten-week program and talk regularly with the agency directors as well as the students.
Mellon is a 2005 graduate who was home-schooled from kindergarten until 12th grade by his mother, who is a teacher. He is the son of Paul and Barbara Mellon and has a younger brother, David.
“The Summer Service Internship Program is making a positive impact on the lives of our students and on the people in the agencies served by the program,” says Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of
Supporters of the program have included The Charles H. Dater Foundation, The Richard D. Reis Family Foundation, John & Francie Pepper,