Schenectady Inner City Ministry

Overview of the 2017 SICM Summer Internship Program


            The purpose of the SICM internship is to offer students experience working in the various SICM or related programs.  These programs directly serve residents primarily in the inner city of Schenectady.  The internships enhance the experience of students, especially those interested in pursuing human services, social welfare, education or public health careers.  Strong preference given to college students.  SICM’s hiring priorities for the summer internship program are:  1) older college students with experience 2) college students 3) high school students going into college.

            SICM summer interns are hired to work during the summer for 6 to 10 weeks.  Interns work directly for and are supervised by SICM staff, and sometimes staff at affiliated sites.  Most of the positions are paid for by a congregation, and placement for the positions is limited to those described.  All applicants should indicate their preference of placement.  SICM program staff will interview students and determine final placements of interns.  Application Deadline:  April 1 or until positions are filled.

SICM interns typically complete approximately 240 hours during the summer.  College students can begin prior to high school students; the rate of pay starts at $9.75/hour.  Full-time (for example, 240 hours total:  30 hrs/week for 8 weeks) or part-time positions (for example, 120 hours total:  15 hrs/week for 8 weeks) are available depending upon the program area.  SICM is glad to provide references for college, etc. based on the intern’s experience. 

Required: (1) participating in regular group meetings to share knowledge and reflect on their experience; (2) submitting two written pieces at the conclusion of their internship, reflecting on their summer; (3) securing prior permission for any time away – we count on interns for the summer and if they have any additional plans we need to know them at the beginning to determine if this experience is the right one for them.

Sponsorship:  Interns are typically supported by SICM congregations.  Students are welcome to seek other sponsorship sources; please contact Janet Mattis at SICM.

To apply, submit a completed application and resume to:
Janet Mattis, Intern Coordinator
SICM, 1055 Wendell Avenue
Schenectady, NY  12308 


Applications are available at the office or on the website,
For further information, contact Janet Mattis, Intern Coordinator, directly at 374-2683, X107 or

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Schenectady Inner City Ministry
2016 Summer Intern Position Descriptions


These position descriptions are for the intern’s primary work area; all interns participate in various special events as needed, as well as regularly scheduled meetings with the intern coordinatorAll interns participate in meetings to reflect on the experience and submit written work at the conclusion of the internship.

Food ProgramProvides emergency groceries at the largest food pantry in Schenectady County.  Summer interns will assist in all phases of the food pantry operation (greet, intake, sort, re-package, stock, lift, distribute) when the food pantry is open and/or will assist with volunteer support and recognition projects, administrative tasks, and potential special projects.  One potential special project is to interview guests to provide stories showing “The Face of Hunger.”

Summer Meals Reading/Activities Program—Interns will participate in a reading/activities program with children at sites of Summer Meal distribution, reading to and engaging students with books provided by SICM.  Sites of program to be determined.

Summer Program Counselor—SICM sponsors an urban camp for a 6-week (in July-August a day camp) for elementary school-age children.  SICM is coordinating it in conjunction with Camp Fowler.  The Counselor to Child ratio is 1:4 within the overall curriculum, which is an inclusive, Christian one that revolves around nature and creation themes.  Counselors work under a Camp Director in a team setting; accompanies youth on one field trip weekly.  Activities may include a gardening component – preparing, tending, etc., crafts, music, games and more.  Training will be held several days in June at Camp Fowler in Speculator.  *Interns MUST commit to all six weeks of the program.*

Home Furnishings Program—Supplies household furnishings in excellent useable condition to people and families in need residing in Schenectady County. Furnishings are secured by donations. Interns may assemble various types of furniture and will load delivery trucks, carry heavy loads, sort through donations, unload delivery trucks; provide assistance at administrative office, and potential special projects.

Make a difference, gain valuable experience AND
earn money this summer!