Students Embark on International Community Development Internships

Community Development internships - photo courtesy of the Chalmers Center
Photo courtesy of The Chalmers Center


Seventeen community development students are exploring their field this summer in internships around the world. They are implementing Covenant coursework in research and service internships in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, and the United States.


The community development major requires rising seniors to complete an applicable internship in the summer between their junior and senior years.


“The internships provide an opportunity to problem solve in your field and to use the tools that you’ve gained in the classroom in an intercultural context,” said Dr. Russell Mask, associate professor of community development. “I would encourage any student looking at this kind of program to take the possibility of an internship very seriously. It is vital to understanding what you’re learning.”




Brittany Stout

"I love the holistic approach of community development. Although I am only a few classes into the major, it is already transforming my view on life. I also have really enjoyed being taught by Dr. Fikkert and Professor Corbett. They are SO knowledgeable in the field of community development and their passion is contagious."
 - Brittany Stout '18

Chris Carter

"The Community Development program is preparing me for a life dedicated to the work of Christ in a setting that may otherwise be way out of my comfort zone. The classes are beautifully crafted to give you the confidence and knowledge needed to step into the third world, but also instill an understanding of the necessity of humility and an open heart when interacting with a new culture. Corbett and Fikkert, two of the key professors in the major, are extremely respected individuals in their field, yet meet you at such a personal level and concentrate on your personal growth. Never have I been in a position in my life where I wake up stoked to go to my classes, nor have I ever felt so loved and supported by professors who care so much about your dreams and plans for the future. "
 - Chris Carter '18