The Gordon in Lynn Internship program is an intensive leadership development opportunity for those students wishing to dig deeper into urban engagement and community development. Through an application process, we select between twelve and fourteen students to serve as interns. Each intern is placed at a community partner where she or he acts as a liaison between the organization and Gordon College, coordinating a SALteam—Serve and Learn Team—of approximately eight to twelve students from a Great Conversation Service-Learning section. In addition, interns gather for weekly teaching, training, mentoring, and fellowship. We require students to commit for a full year and a stipend is paid throughout the semester.
Gordon in Lynn Internship Distinctives:
Gordon in Lynn Internship Description:
GIL is an exciting and dynamic partnership between Gordon College and the city of Lynn. We are built upon relationships both in Lynn and at Gordon in order to foster a spirit of mutual service and learning within both communities. The GIL Intern has the privilege to build relationships within and among three overlapping groups:
I. Community Partner / Lynn
Your community partner is the organization in Lynn where you will serve and oversee your peers’ service. Building relationships with the staff and guests at your community partner forms the foundation of trust upon which your engagement rests.
SALTeams are the groups of 6 Gordon students who engage weekly at our community partners from the TGC service learning sections. Building relationships with your two teams will enable you to mobilize your peers towards a more transformational service experience.
III. GIL Staff
We are here to develop your leadership potential and also to support your work connecting Gordon College and the city of Lynn. Building relationships with our staff and your fellow interns is essential for your personal and professional growth.
Skill sets learned during your internship include:
Visionary leadership: Casting a vision and mobilizing your peers around local and global issues
Relational Organizing: Building relationships and networking among your community partner, service team and the larger Gordon community
Administration: Event planning, logistics coordination, record keeping
Management: Strategic planning, program development, evaluation
Human Resources: recruiting, retention, delegation, reflection
Contact Val Buchanan to learn more about becoming an intern.