Newman Center Internship Program
(Formerly known as CLP)
Newman Center Interns are Ball State undergraduate students who wish to gain experience in leadership in ministry, come to better understand and practice Christian service, and grow in holiness. Being a Newman Center Intern is a profoundly important privilege and responsibility. We are excited to be able to provide such an opportunity for formation and experience in ministry to Ball State Catholic students.
Each intern will be a member of the pastoral team at St. Francis Newman Center, working within a particular ministry area. They will work directly under the direction of the Campus Minister and with the other staff, attending a monthly all-staff meeting and participating in weekly ministry formation.
This is an internship and a ministry, not merely an extracurricular activity or volunteer position.
During the application and interview process, ministry areas will be prayerfully discerned by the St. Francis staff along with each intern, in a way that integrates his/her God-given skills and talents with an essential need of the parish. Ministry areas will also fluctuate based on the current needs of the parish. While interns will receive their general ministry area upon their acceptance to the program, final tasks and responsibilities for each intern will be determined by the end of the academic year (May 2016).
The internship will truly be a time of Christian leadership and formation. As a result, students will have the opportunity to do real work in ministry within the Church. They will gain experience working in a church setting and on a parish staff team. Interns will also have a unique experience of serving and learning from both student and resident parishioners, gaining an understanding of post-college parish life while acquiring the tools to serve the Church when they move on from Ball State.
While continuing to fulfill their primary vocation as a student, interns will have important responsibilities and accountability is expected. At the same time, interns will have the support of the St. Francis staff, and the joy and privilege of working for the betterment of fellow students and parishioners as well as the opportunity for personal formation during this year.
Prayer & Formation.
Prayer is absolutely essential to this time of ministry and formation. Both group and individual prayer are essential to a lively spiritual life. Interns will pray three times a week in community with the other interns, in addition to forming a daily prayer routine. They will also have the opportunity to meet with the entire Intern community for weekly prayer and discussion in Formation nights. This will be an opportunity to learn and grow as well as reflect on experiences in the Internship program.
Witness & Hospitality.
Being a Newman Center Intern means being “public” ministers of the Catholic faith. Therefore, interns will want to live in accord with the Gospel message and the teachings of the Church. Understand that students – especially younger students - will look to the interns as an example of how to live their Christianity. Thus, the interns will need to invite God to be a part of every dimension of who they are – guiding, directing, and protecting them.
Interns should be a positive presence at the Newman Center and should attend and/or invite others to attend Newman Center events whenever possible. While time spent attending Newman Center events is not counted toward internship hours, it is important to understand the power of the presence and example of interns within the Newman Center community. This should be done with respect to living an ordered life where school, internship, self-care, and other necessary responsibilities are balanced with presence in the community.
Essential to establishing a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere at the Newman Center is the maintenance of both personal and public space at the Newman Center. Interns will each contribute to cleaning and chores around the Newman Center house, and will be held accountable by their fellow interns as well as the Campus Minister. Setting the example for other students, interns will strive to be good stewards of the gifts and opportunities provided to them through the financial support of St. Francis resident parishioners and donors.
Newman Center Interns will continue to be Ball State students. Giving sufficient time to schoolwork is vitally important to being effective Interns. It’s important to “walk the walk” if we are going to present St. Francis Newman Center as a place which is led by Christ. Grades ought not suffer as a result of involvement in the learning activity of being a Newman Center Intern. A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required to remain in the program, and interns will submit an unofficial transcript at the beginning of each semester. Interns may, of course, participate in other campus organizations, but they are expected to make St. Francis Newman Center their priority. 12-13 hours per week is the expected time commitment to fulfill the responsibility of these positions.
Interns will live in the 3rd floor of the Newman Center or in the cottage house adjacent to the Newman Center, according to the discretion of the facilities director. Each student is asked to complete the following responsibilities in exchange for housing, utilities, parking, and development of leadership and ministry skills. A program fee of $500 per semester as well as a $200 deposit help with utilities, facilities repair and upkeep, and other program costs.