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.
Gordon in Lynn Internship Distinctives:
- Cohort experience with a small group of your peers
- Experience the City of Lynn up close and personal
- Explore opportunities for further relationships, internships, and jobs in Lynn
- Develop your leadership skills and understanding of urban community development
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.
- Develop and foster good relationships with your community partner by maintaining regular contact in person, by email and on the phone.
- Research and understand the mission and organizational structure of your specific community partner.
- Maintain a general knowledge of all community partners and the city of Lynn.
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.
- Develop and foster good relationships with your SALTeams in person, by email and on the phone. Provide structured opportunities for them to reflect upon their experiences alongside larger issues pertaining to the community partner’s mission: i.e. poverty, immigration, education, etc.
- Plan and coordinate orientations for your teams as well as any trainings and weekly transportation needs.
- Maintain accurate weekly records of the numbers of students and their hours.
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.
- Develop and foster good relationships with GIL staff by attending intern orientation before each semester, monthly staff meetings where we cover a curriculum on Christian community development, monthly fellowships, weekly one-to-one’s with your staff mentor, the April LEAD retreat and optional workshops.
- Understand and incorporate the GIL mission, learning goals and values into your learning and working environments.
- Assist with GIL campus and community events as needed.
- As a liaison among these three groups, you will continually assess the quality of your experience, your service team’s, and your community partner’s and communicate any problems or concerns as they arise to the appropriate person.
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