Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Community Service Internship

Campus Ministry Mission Statement: Canisius College Campus Ministry’s mission is to empower our students, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni to engage the world in order to find and manifest God within our environment, society, communities and Church.  We seek to help others discern their gifts and grow as leaders so as to become women and men with and for others.  We do this in the spirit of Jesus and the Jesuit tradition and are committed to work toward justice with people of all backgrounds.

Collaboration with other Campus Ministry Interns: Community Service, spiritual and justice interns represent Campus Ministry and work collaboratively together to carry out the mission of the office. All interns are expected to be knowledgeable about the different programs and resources available. Community Service interns are expected to participate in one Campus Ministry retreat per academic year and one Justice event per semester to experience different facets of the Campus Ministry community.   

General Description: Canisius for Buffalo Service Interns work as student liaisons between a particular community partner agency in our Canisius for Buffalo Program and the Canisius College community. Direct community service enhances and enriches the Canisius educational experience; it also helps students develop valuable relationships, career, leadership, and social skills. Current Community Service Internship placements are working with marginalized community, shelters/homelessness/food programs, refugees, mentoring, senior citizens, education and tutoring. Student interns will have the opportunity to use their own interest and backgrounds to help educate others as well as learn new justice issues and areas. Father Greg Boyle SJ refers to relationship we walk with as "Kinship! Not serving the other but being one with the other." "Jesus was not a man for others but a person with others"


  • Serve at a Canisius for Buffalo community partner site doing direct community service.
  • Act as the student liaison between the Canisius community and a specific community partner site, serving as an advocate on campus for that partner’s needs and activities.
  • Recruit and orient students, student organizations and assist them with discernment, placement, and transportation to the community partner agency.
  • Incorporate and plan reflection sessions for students.
  • Coordinate one-time events, as needed, for students and agencies (holiday parties, social gatherings, invite the community partner’s population  to campus for an event, e.g., an athletic event, a concert, host a study hall, college for a day, etc.)
  • Participate in weekly or bi-weekly supervisory meetings with the supervising Campus Minister
  • Participate in bi-weekly team meetings with other service interns, and other sessions as needed
  • Participate in a mandatory fall retreat on Sunday, September 13, and spring planning day.
  • Act as a positive representative for all Campus Ministry activities.
  • Time Commitment:  6-8 hours per week.  The time commitment may vary per week depending on the needs. The intern needs to be flexible and engaged.
  • Spend time each week recruiting students to your community partner site.  This may include office hours in our intern office.   
  • Have two in-office hours per week in our intern office in Campus Ministry.
  • Participate in +10 Reflection Experience:
  • 1)  PRAY, Reflect, Meditate for at least 10 minutes day using the examen or another reflective process.
  • 2)  WRITE a short paragraph each day in a journal after the experience of reflection or prayer.
  • 3)  SHARE the experiences with a Ignatian Prayer Guide (Fr. Tom Colgan, Lu Firestone, Sarah Signorino, Mike Hayes, or Barb Wozniak) once a month with whom you are most comfortable.  
  • (We suggest that this is not the person who supervises your internship).
  • 4)  REFLECT AGAINon how this experience informs your internship, trip, etc.  And bring that experience each month to your Ignatian Prayer Guide.  
    • There is a lot of room for flexibility and creativity for the intern to be able to use their gifts and be a person with and for others.  The position has a lot of potential for personal growth.
    • Commitment to serving those in need, especially marginalized population in the City of Buffalo.
    • Commitment to service as a positive force for social change.
    • Sensitivity to the themes of spirituality, service, and social justice within Catholic Social Teaching.
    • Comfortable with leading students in reflecting on their service experiences and helping students make connections between service experiences and social justice. (There will be formation sessions to train the interns to be able to do this)
    • Strong communication and community-building skills.
    • Energy, creativity, ambition, and a sense of humor.
    • May not have a job that interferes with training or the position.
    • Must maintain a 2.5 GPA

Job Qualifications:

Eligibility: All students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors for the 2014-2015 academic years are eligible to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing and have a history of upholding Canisius Community Standards.

Community Partner Sites (visit the Canisius for Buffalo page to learn more about each partner site) the following is a list of Community Partners where our interns are serving during this academic year Buffalo Burrito Project, Sandwich and Spirituality Ministry, South Buffalo Community Table Soup Kitchen, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.


  • March 25: Applications are due
  • Interviews will take place after the Spring Break Recess
  • Decisions & Notification: early April

Questions: If you have any questions about the internship feel free to contact Joe Van Volkenburg at 716-888-2875 or


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