Community Care Cohort
Applications due April 11th, 2021
Who: Open to UIC Undergraduate students: 1st and 2nd year students (rising 2nd year & 3rd years). Our internship centers those of us with lived experience of disability, broadly understood as having non-normative bodies/minds.
When: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, with an option to continue in the 2022-23 school year.
Time commitment: 33 hours a semester, approximately 2 hours a week.
Stipend: $500 per semester
About the Internship
The Community Care Cohort (CCC) internship is an opportunity for undergraduate students to experiment with creating and leading care projects within a supportive environment. Interns will engage deeply with the questions raised in the Community Care Kit Project mission statement.
Interns will develop skills to map already-existing systems of care, and they will co-create and lead care projects with the DCC. Interns will learn about different histories and practices of care work, focusing on the disability justice and healing justice movements.
The CCC has a self-governance component: participants will have the opportunity to collectively decide the direction of the internship’s care work between the Fall and Spring semesters. Participants returning for a second academic year will have the opportunity to participate as co-facilitators for future cohort trainings and will serve as mentor interns.
During the internship, we will focus on three overlapping themes:
1- An exploration of history: disability culture and history, foundations of healing justice and disability justice. Exploring the question “what is care work?”
2- An exploration of self: what do I bring to this work, who am I, what are my gifts?
3- An exploration of community practice: practice with project design and leading projects (potential projects include leading a skill session, mutual aid project, practice with accompaniment and advocacy, and more)