Community Leaders Internship Program

The Community Leaders Internship Program (CLIP) engages work-study eligible students by placing them in community-based work-study jobs at local non-profit agencies and public schools in the Milwaukee metro area. CLIP students work between 6-10 hours per week at their work-study site and earn between $10.00 and $14.00 an hour. Participants in the program will also enroll in 1 credit course during the program. Students in CLIP will reflect on their experiences as a group during class time. The course, complementing work experience, is aimed at the development of critical thinking and effective communication skills as well as a sense of intercultural competence and individual, social, and environmental responsibility. The goal of the program is not only to provide students with an opportunity to earn their work study award at a non-profit or school, it also seeks to provide a learning experience that develops civic responsibility and prepares students for their future careers.

How to Apply

Interested students must complete an application and a one-page personal statement explaining why they are interested in the program and how it would enhance their college experience. Students must be work-study eligible and should have an interest in working in the Milwaukee community to join CLIP. Questions about this program can be directed to bwtrager@uwm.edu.

Get the CLIP application here: CLIP Application

Resources for current CLIP students:

Resources for current and perspective CLIP community partners:

CLIP Sites and Positions

Students have the option to work at a local non-profit or Milwaukee Public School. Students are placed at sites based on their interest, availability, and skill set. The list below represents a sample of organizations and jobs.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Restore Volunteer Associate
Milwaukee Habitat is here to combat our city’s affordable housing crisis by providing families with an affordable path to safe, stable housing. Affordable housing means more than a decent place to sleep at night. Studies show safe, affordable housing leads to improved health, education and financial stability. Habitat ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers whose proceeds are used to build safe, affordable homes in our community. We sell new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances, and home accessories to the public at 50%-75% below retail. Through the sale of these items, we raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to build safe, affordable homes in our community.

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle

Bakery AssistantBarista
Friendship Circle of Wisconsin provides support, friendship, and opportunities to include people with special needs in our community. Together with an amazing team of community volunteers, a variety of social, educational, and vocational experiences are shared. Friendship Circle encourages an inclusive community where all individuals are valued regardless of the challenges they face.

By integrating those with challenges into our community and with your help, we are reversing mindsets. Through highlighting achievements, not limitations, we create a world of acceptance and inclusion, helping these special souls to achieve their fullest potential.

Ovation Communities

Ovation Communities

Office Assistant
To provide our Jewish community with those services that enable our seniors or infirm to be part of a quality Jewish environment with comfort, meaning, independence and dignity. We provide three outstanding choices for Jewish senior living: Ovation Jewish Home, Ovation Chai Point and Ovation Sarah Chudnow.

Broadscope Disability Services

Broadscope Disability Services

Respite Provider Recruitment
Broadscope Disability Services serves thousands of people with disabilities and their families. Formerly known as United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin, Broadscope fosters inclusion, empowers freedom of choice, and advances potential across the lifespan.

Islands of Brilliance

Islands of Brilliance

Workshop Assistant
Islands of Brilliance utilizes project-based learning which allows our students to grow their intrinsic capabilities and practice communication, increasing their likelihood of independence as adults. IOB design workshops create a space for students to explore creativity through the use of technology, during which they learn technical skills and grow confidence in critical social and peer-to-peer interactions.

Friedens Food Pantry

Friedens Food Pantry

Assistant Site ManagerAssistant Food ManagerSocial Media Intern
At Friedens we bring together a team of people who donate food, finances, time, tears, and talent to help us make sure that people can access the food they desperately need. At the base of the ladder, we know that without food in ones cupboards one cannot have a real sense of peace. Our food pantry network is the base of what we do, our foundation. Yet we believe that if we can help people move up the rungs of the ladder at the same time we can make long term change. We do this by incorporating local individuals into our volunteer team… into our community. Being a part of something more than themselves and tangibly helping others allows people to build job skills, gain a reliable reference, and even raise ones shoulders higher as they know they are making a difference in someone else’s life.

Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools

America Reads TutorAmerica Reads Virtual Tutor
Through the America Reads program CLIP students tutor youth in reading and math at a local Milwaukee Public School (MPS) or private school. Partnering MPS schools include: Maryland Avenue Montessori, Auer Avenue, O.W. Holmes, Cass Street School, and Lloyd Barbee Montessori. Positions are also available at St. Anthony's School.

St. Johns on the Lake

St. Johns on the Lake

Waitstaff
Saint John's On The Lake offers our residents an exciting lifestyle, a proud tradition and a confident vision of the future.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of older adults through gracious retirement living, spiritual growth, cultural and educational opportunities and health care services.

University Christian Ministries

University Christian Ministries

UCM Admin AssistantUCM Assistant CooksUCM Part-Time Director of Social Media
University Christian Ministries (UCM) is an interdenominational campus ministry on the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee campus. Formerly known as the United Ministry in Higher Education – Milwaukee, the Rainbow House, and the Wesley Foundation, we welcome everyone in the UWM community! Regardless of where you are in your faith journey, you will find an open and understanding atmosphere at UCM where you can discover, explore, experience, and grow in Jesus Christ!

Victory Garden Initiative

Victory Garden Initiative

Outreach and Social Media AssistantProgram and Project AssistantUrban Farm AssistantYouth Education Programs AssistantGrant Writing and Research Assistant
Victory Garden Initiative believes that every person, in every household, can connect to their food source through the act of growing it. This act reminds us that we are of the earth, that we cannot live without the earth; that our needs are met, not by the economy, but by the earth. Growing food will re-integrate us with deep ecology, guiding our culture towards a sustainable, abundant future, freed from financial inequalities. Envision our post-industrial world transformed to an abundant and sustainable ecosystem through the reintroduction of food growing into our urban ecology. When fruit trees fill our parks, and nut trees are harvested by our neighbors, when food pantries house vegetable gardens and school children participate in growing their lunches, we will have a secure, sovereign, socially just and sustainable food system.