Students gain experience through summer service

Intership program pairs students with non-profit agencies for nine weeks | July 19, 2005

This year, 19 Xavier students are working with refugees, local artists, the elderly, nature and the homeless through the University's summer service internship program. And that’s just the short list.

Students work at 14 different agencies for 30-35 hours a week over a nine-week period. The mission of the program is to develop “people for others” who will continue to make service an integral part of their lives.

For example, several interns working at Happen Inc. and Project Connect are working with children to make a film. The children write, create sets and props, produce, act, and direct.

Two other Xavier students are working with 3- to 6-year-old children on literacy skills at Children Inc. They read with them and help nurture the children’s creative skills by helping them create alternative endings and/or storylines to tales such as The Three Bears.

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the children staged a production of their altered fairy tales. The program took place at the Cathedral Child Development Center in Covington, Ky.

“We are delighted to have the Xavier interns,” says Crystal Dahlmeier, the associate executive director of programs at Children Inc. “The energy they have brought with them has been so beneficial to the students and the staff.”

Last year, 20 Xavier students logged about 7,000 hours of service at 19 agencies and 16 high school students who were part of the program logged about 3,360 hours of service. Together, the college and high school interns last year logged more than 10,000 hours of service to the Greater Cincinnati community.