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Applications due March 25th 2022

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:  The internship will take place over the Fall 2022 semester, with the option to continue in Spring 2023. Community Care Cohort members will also have the option to continue into a second year.

Time commitment: 33 hours a semester, approximately 2 hours a week.

Stipend: $500 per semester

The Community Care Cohort application is a Google form on our website. But you can apply in other formats, whatever is most comfortable for expressing your ideas. You can submit written answers in the Google form, written answers over email, audio answers, or a video. For information about non-Google form submission options, please contact dcc@uic.edu.

 

 

 

 

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 learn about different histories and practices of care work, focusing on the disability justice, healing justice, and transformative justice movements. As they build a CCC community, Interns will develop skills to map already-existing systems of care, and they will co-create and lead care projects with the DCC. CCC interns will also have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to/engage with guest speakers and participate in Chicago-area care work projects.

During the first semester of the internship, we will focus on three overlapping themes:

1- An exploration of history: disability culture and history, foundations of healing justice, transformative justice, 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)

The CCC Internship is designed to have a two-year structure that CCC interns can choose to continue into. The 2-year cycle for the CCC involves:

Year One, Fall semester: Exploring
Year One, Spring semester: Apprenticing
After the first semester, Year One CCC interns will utilize their analyses and frameworks from the first semester to apply theory to dreaming up practical explorations of their knowledge.

Year Two, Fall semester: Leading
Year Two, Spring semester: Mentoring

In Year Two, CCC interns will have the opportunity to participate as co-facilitators for future cohort meetings, take on more sustained care work projects of their own, and influence the direction of the CCC internship.

Apply Here Via Google Forms!

Plain Text Application Here