Church Life Internship

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Imagining creative responses to the needs of the Church

Research pressing issues in the life of the Church and develop creative responses to these issues. As a Church Life Intern, you will work closely with McGrath Institute for Church Life faculty and staff to conduct research that is tied to practical leadership and service learning.

Senior undergraduate students may apply for the internship. Interns work about 6 to 10 hours per week and are expected to meet regularly with their mentor. Additionally, interns meet as a group once a month with the McGrath Institute faculty and staff mentors. Interns receive competitive pay for their work.

What have past interns worked on? 

Each Church Life Intern collaborates with the staff and faculty of the institute to develop a distinctive research, leadership, and service interest that guides their year-long internship. The internship began in 2016–17 with three interns, then expanded to 10 interns in 2017–18. Here is an overview of the projects and research some previous interns developed.

  • Colleen Halpin (mentor: Professor Lenny DeLorenzo)

To contemplate Mary in the life of the Church, specifically in Catholic education, the spiritualities of the saints, and cultural devotions; plus, contributing to the revival of Marian spirituality and devotions through writing and introducing specific practices.

  • John Michael Hogue (mentor: Jessica Keating)

To reflect on the models of masculinity in the Catholic tradition and to consider the ways liturgical practice, sacred art, and the spiritualities of the saints can heal the imagination. Initiate and lead men’s formation group.

View a complete list of prior internship projects here.

Apply to the Church Life Internship

Priority application deadline is February 11.

Final application deadline is April 8.

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Ideal candidates for the internship demonstrate an interest in research, service, and leadership. Interns must demonstrate an ability to integrate scholarship and the life of the Church.

Students accepted to the internship are offered the opportunity to apply for early admission to the Echo program. Application or participation in Echo is not required.

For questions or inquiries, please contact Prof. Lenny DeLorenzo at 574.631.2915 or