Scott Kloeck-Jenson Social Impact Scholars

Social Impact    ~    Community Development     ~     Public Policy     ~     Sustainability

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson Social Impact Scholars program provides an opportunity for 10 rising juniors and seniors to explore social impact careers, gain professional experience and develop as leaders.  Students complete a full-time internship with a social impact organization in the Twin Cities while participating in regular academic and career reflection with fellow students, faculty, community leaders and alumni.

For Summer 2021, students will not live in community housing, but will be expected to participate in weekly seminars, most of which will take place in-person and outside (pending the COVID-19 situation)>. Internships may be virtual, in-person or hybrid, depending on the needs of the organization.

Summer 2021 Program Details

  • Program Dates: Wednesday, June 2 to Friday, July 30
  • Eligibility: Current Sophomore or Junior (Class of 2022 or 2023)
  • Stipend: $2500 + housing stipend (maximum of $1200, only applicable if student will incur costs for renting over the summer)
  • Housing: will not be provided during Summer 2021 (students who are selected for the program will need to secure housing in the Twin Cities)
  • Program Components and Desired Qualifications: see below for details
  • Internship Selection Process (different from previous years):
    Students apply directly to one or more of the designated SIS Internship options by March 18th. Students who are selected for (and accept) a SIS Internship will also be accepted to the SIS program and will be expected to participant in program activities.
  • Internship Timeline (some internships will likely be posted after 3/4) :
    • Starting March 4: SIS Internships will be posted to Handshake
    • March 3 – 18 (or soon after): Students apply directly to one or more SIS Internships
    • March 19 – 31 (or so): Employers review applications and conduct interviews
    • April 1 – 3: Students who received offers by March 31st accept or decline
    • After April 3: Additional SIS Internships will be posted here (if applicable)
  • Learn about past participants (many of the same internships will be offered in 2021)
  • Sponsored by the Piper Center for Vocation & Career with funding from The Scott Kloeck-Jenson Endowment for Social Impact Scholars
Social Impact Scholars Internships
Apply directly to these internships by March 18th

Community Garden Intern — Southside Community Health Services

*Monitoring and Evaluation Intern — Health Bridges International

*Energy Democracy Intern — Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Immigration Services Intern — International Institute of Minnesota

Case Management Intern — Daily Work

Case Management Intern — Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Equity & Engagement Intern — People for Pride in Living – will be posted soon!

Additional internships will be added HERE.

Information Sessions

Program Components

Social Impact Internship
Gain valuable experience working approximately 35 hours per week with a non-profit, public or for-profit organization that is pursuing a social mission or addressing community needs in the Twin Cities. Internships will likely focus on research, public policy, marketing/communications, program development, community engagement, grant-writing and direct service. Virtual vs in-person

Community Conversations and Seminars
An important part of the program is the opportunity to build community with and learn from fellow participants. Students will engage in regular conversations with fellow SIS participants, alumni, community leaders, faculty director and staff from the Piper Center. Reflect on your internship experiences and deepen your understanding of yourself and your relationship to social impact, racial justice and community needs. Participants will be expected to attend a 2-day orientation and 4-6 in-person meetings throughout the summer (these conversations will likely take place outside). These conversations will likely take place in the afternoons (employers will know that participants are not available to work during those times). Students will also be asked to participate in several other virtual conversations.  

There will not be a community living component in 2021 due to COVID-19. However, participants will be expected to attend 4-6 in-person meetings in St. Paul throughout the summer, so students will be expected to live in the Twin Cities. Students who have rent expenses will be eligible for an additional housing stipend of up to $1200. Program participants would be encouraged (not required) to consider living with one or more other participants to try to further facilitate community building. 

Academic Internship
Fulfill requirements for a 0.25-credit academic internship and connect theory and practice through written reflection, conversations with faculty supervisors and a final presentation. The tuition charge for the academic internship is covered by the program.

Career Exploration & Vocational Discernment
Spend time exploring vocational questions and career interests through various aspects of the program through conversation and written reflection.

Compensation & Benefits

  •  $2500 stipend
  •  Housing stipend up to $1200 (only applicable if student will incur housing expenses)
  •  Tuition scholarship for 0.25-credit academic internship

Desired Qualifications

  • Maturity and leadership potential, including the ability to represent St. Olaf in a professional manner
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability and commitment to building relationships and community with other participants who come from a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences
  • Interest in exploring a career or vocation related to social impact, community development, racial justice, public policy, and/or environmental sustainability
  • Ability to make meaningful contributions in an internship settings (skills demonstrated through past internship, volunteer, leadership, research and/or academic experience)
  • Interest in and capacity for meaningful reflection and group discussion related to themes such as social change, leadership, and vocation

If you have questions please attend one of the information sessions. If you have a questions that were not answered at one of the info sessions, please contact Kristi Kehrwald Adair <kehrwa1>  in the Piper Center for Vocation & Career.