ValpoU Intern

What’s the difference between an internship and volunteer work? Volunteer work is defined as freely giving or taking part in an enterprise. However, many nonprofits benefit from individuals who take part in their enterprise with these motivations.

People work at nonprofits for many reasons. Many Valparaiso University Students intern at local nonprofits for course credit. While technically not volunteering, many organizations and recipients depend on these unpaid students. These organizations partner with Valparaiso University to assist students with their education. In return the students provide their time and skills to improve the community.

Valparaiso University partnered internships:

Amanda Forum From The Caring Place

Raising awareness of youth dating violence through discussion, education, and mentoring.

Banta Activity Center

Partnership with Pines Village (retirement community) and Valpo Parks

Boys & Girls Club of Porter County (Valparaiso Unit)

Youth mentoring and recreation. Background check required

Boys & Girls Club of Porter County

Youth mentoring and recreation. Background check required

Brookdale Senior Living

Elderly care & visitation; working with people with Alzheimer’s

Camp Sharing Meadows: The Share Foundation

Overnight camp for adults with mental and physical disabilities Required to stay entire time (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon- 40 hours) *Short application process required; www.

College Mentors for Kids

Buddy/Mentor Program with kids *Year long commitment

Compass International Family Center

Tutoring/mentoring youth population; Tues & Thurs. 5:30- 7pm (transportation available); *Background check required 

Dayspring at Housing Opportunities

Women’s homeless shelter (overnight shifts available 6pm7am)

Dunes Hospice

Visiting and attending to consumer needs; attend support groups one Wed. a month; *4-hour training, drug test, & background check required

Golden Living Center 

Elderly Care & Visitation; *mandatory TB test (provided at location) & video series

Hilltop Neighborhood House

Background check may be needed;

Mental Health America of Porter County-Open Door Social Club

Peer to peer social interaction with adults with mental illness

New Creation Business Advocates

Day center, case management, and transitional jobs for men

Opportunity Enterprises

Helping with meals, playing board and card games, assisting staff with outings, and assisting clients with written correspondence

Pines Village Retirement Communities

Volunteer with seniors for games, crafts, bingo, etc. Open MondayFriday 8am-4:30pm

Sojourner Truth House

Provide assistance for incoming clients

St. Agnes Adult Day Service Center

Elderly Care & Visitation; *must volunteer at least 3-4 hours a week

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Youth group Sundays 5-7pm; facilitate social, service, worship, and mission experiences for youth

United Way of Porter County

Link to a Volunteer Listing; many options online

Valparaiso Adult Learning Center

Tutoring and helping adult learners navigate community resources

Valparaiso Care and Rehab

Rehabilitation, memory care, skilled nursing, long-term, respite or hospice care

Valparaiso Community Schools Team LEAD Program

Volunteer with the leadership and student empowerment program; facilitate student mentor teams

Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County

Helping with Meals on Wheels; reception/greeting (2 hr shifts)

VU Volunteer Many options online

Walt’s Place/Hilltop Too

Hours: 3:30-5:30 Monday-Friday

Free the Girls Pam Gumns

Works on sex trafficking issues.


MORE INTERNSHIPS TO COME! Please submit any new internships on the Contact page!