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 10-14 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 2023, students will live in community in suite style housing in a St. Thomas residence hall. Internships will primarily be in-person or hybrid, depending on the needs of the organization.

Summer 2023 Program Details

  • Program Dates: Tuesday, June 6  – Tuesday, August 1
  • Move-In Dates: Saturday, June 3 – Monday, June 5
  • Move-Out Date: Tuesday, August 1
  • Eligibility: Current Sophomore or Junior (Class of 2024 or 2025)
  • Free Housing: St. Thomas Residence Hall (Frey Hall)  (participants will have their own room and will share a kitchen and living room with other participants, parking is included)
  • Stipend: $3500
  • Applicants will have the opportunity to apply and interview for one or more of approximately 10-14 SIS internship options focused on social impact with nonprofit, for-profit, or governmental organizations. Students also have the option to secure their own social impact internship.

Example SIS Internships (from Summer 2022)

Organization Internship Position Internship Model
Collectivity  Summer Undergraduate Associate (1-2) In-Person
Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (Midtown Farmers Market)  Community Program Intern (1) In-Person
Daily Work Case Management Intern (1-2) In-Person
Health Bridges International (Tentative) Child Welfare Research Assistant (1-2) Remote
Institute for Local Self-Reliance  (Tentative) Energy Democracy Intern (1) Remote 
International Institute of Minnesota  Immigration Services Intern (2) In-Person
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota Case Management Intern (1-2) Hybrid
Project for Pride in Living Special Events Intern (1), Communications Intern (1) Hybrid
Restorative Justice Community Action Communications Intern (1) In-person or Hybrid
Second Harvest Heartland Minnesota Central Kitchen Intern Hybrid
The Aliveness Project HIV Care and Prevention Associate (1) Hybrid (emphasis on in-person)
The Bakken Museum Museum Generalist Internship (1) In-Person (hybrid possible)
Union Park District Council Community Organizer Associate (1) In-Person (hybrid possible)
Urban Boatbuilders DEI and Outreach Intern (1) Hybrid, but open

to fully in-person

Information Sessions

*Information sessions will be announced in November 2022. There will be two sessions in January 2023 and one in February 2023.

Program Components

Internship Details

Gain valuable experience working ~35 hours per week with a non-profit, public, or for-profit organization that is pursuing a social mission or addressing community needs. Program directors will identify a wide range of potential internships related to research, public policy, marketing/communications, program development, community engagement, grant-writing and direct service.

Community Living

Live on a residence hall floor at St. Thomas with other SIS interns, suite style, as well as other St. Olaf students pursuing summer internships. 


Meet with alumni and other community leaders, examine social and community issues and discuss internship experiences through several seminars with Piper Center staff, alumni, and community leaders.

Career Exploration & Vocational Discernment

Spend time exploring vocational questions and career interests through various aspects of the program through conversation and written reflection with Piper Center staff. 

Compensation & Benefits

  •  $3500 stipend
  •  Free housing

Desired SIS Intern Qualifications

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

Applicants are encouraged to clearly and explicitly address the aforementioned qualifications throughout the various components of their application.

How to Apply

*The following information is from the 2021-22 academic year. Please check back later for updated application information.

  1. Please complete the following online form as part of your application to the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Social Impact Scholars program. Please note that this form is ONE of THREE required components of the application. Please note that the internship options will continue to be updated until February 10, so we encourage you to wait to complete the internship site preference part of the application until that time (prior to 2/20, the application deadline).
  2. Apply on Handshake by submitting your resume
  3. Have a faculty member submit a recommendation form on your behalf. Send your faculty an email with the link to the recommendation form to ensure they can complete it.

Selection Process and Timeline

  • February 19 at 5 pm – all SIS applications are due and must be complete in order to be considered for the program.
  • By February 23 –  select applicants will be invited to sign up for interviews.
  • February 27 & 28 – SIS interviews will take place
  • March 1 – Notification will be sent to all SIS applicants regarding selection to participate in the program. All students who receive an offer to participate must accept or decline by Friday, March 3.
  • After March 3 – SIS participants will be matched with internship sites and will proceed with site interviews. Piper Center staff who are supporting the SIS program will work with each participant to match accepted participants with appropriate sites. Throughout March, placements with specific sites will be made on a varying timeline.

If you have questions, we encourage you to attend one of the information sessions. If you have a questions that were not answered during one of the info sessions, please contact Zoe Davis, Kristi Kehrwald Adair, or Nate Jacobi in the Piper Center.