Summer Internship: Cross Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP)

The Cross-Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) engages students in real-world applications of their academic studies through summer service learning in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico*. 

Students in this three-credit, eight-week summer course will be immersed in community-based and national organizations. They will also engage in critical study related to their service learning in a class led by an ILS professor. To promote full immersion in this service-learning experience, students will not be placed in their home communities.

*For additional information about the Puerto Rico site, visit this page.

Intern Spotlight


Iesha Magallanes, '20

Chicago • Taller de José  
Computer Science and Design Major

"As a child, I served as an interpreter and navigator for my family. I’m believe I’m unrestricted by any racial or cultural barriers because of my upbringing. Working at Taller de Jose in Chicago as a “companera,” I related to my clients who needed someone to help them access healthcare and disability resources.  I attended to the immediate needs of walk-in clients, reviewed grant narratives, connected people with Catholic Charities, The Resurrection Project and other agencies across the city, accompanied clients to the hospital, and provided support by being a good listener and communicator. Being in Chicago was the first time every part of who I am was accepted by the community I was serving and the agencies I interacted with in home, school, and community. Everyone has struggles and faces obstacles. I see life with extra detail and I’m more patient and understanding of people’s paths.  The optimism and hopeful nature of the Mexican American community in Chicago inspired me. Mexican Americans show us their strength and perseverance generation after generation.”


“My CCLP experience has made me more aware of my role as a young Hispanic person and really rethink what my responsibilities look like especially at a time like this in our nation.  Professor Fraga always likes to bring up that Hispanics are the fastest growing group in the US and the Catholic Church. Through my summer with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops I have had an opportunity to experience this first hand and see how influential youth can be.  CCLP has allowed me to recognize my gifts and how I can use them to work for greater justice for anyone who is marginalized in our community.  This experience has definitely made me more grateful for what I have and even more aware of the importance for young people to be active and work for what they think is right.”


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Aaron Benavides, '21

Washington D.C. • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Hispanic Ministry
Political Science and Theology Major


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Jisel Gomez, '21

Los Angeles • Clinica Romero
Neuroscience Major and Latino Studies Minor

“At Clinica Romero, I was able to combine my interests in becoming a doctor with the community they serve.  I helped patients fill out surveys as they shared their experiences with me. Without the clinic, they would not have access to healthcare. I helped recruit patients to attend health education sessions and identify leaders in the community to become better advocates.  I learned about homelessness in Los Angeles. I was also able to see how a clinic could provide support to help immigrants navigate resources throughout the city. It has been a summer of growth for me. Coming here was the first time I’ve ever been on a plane. I discovered leadership skills I can bring to the South Bend community and my own community outside of Chicago because of what I’ve been able to do here.”

"I am incredibly grateful for being able to have spent this summer doing the CCLP in Puerto Rico. It was truly the best learning/personal growth experience I have had, and I am already planning on applying for some kind of grant through ND to hopefully return next summer and find something else to work on there. I really fell in love with the island and the people there, and I seriously could see myself working/living there after I finish the next years of schooling I have in front of me. The people there are insanely kind, and it was really nice to see how many people truly enjoy life there and the beauty of their island. I absolutely loved every part of it, and it was amazing to see how well organized everything was. I am extremely excited for the group that will get to go on the CCLP to PR next summer!"


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 Mary Grace Phelan, '22

Puerto Rico • HealthProMed Clinic
Pre-Medical Studies and Spanish

2018 CCLP Interns


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Anne Marie Radzik, ‘19 • Alivio Medical Center 
Paige Curley, ‘20 • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Iesha Magallanes, ‘20 • Taller de José       
Rocio Monreal Avina, ‘21 • The Resurrection Project        
Diane Lee, ‘20 • Casa Maravilla, Senior Programs


Los Angeles

Jisel Gomez, ‘21 • Clinica Romero
Julia Allpow, ‘20 • Self Help Graphics 
Maria Orellana Muniz, ‘20 • Homeboy Industries
Stefania Pulido, ‘20 • United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF), Health   
Cindy Giron, ‘20 • United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF), Immigration 
Savanna Morgan, ’20 • Self-Help Graphics


Washington, D.C.

Stacy Manirique, ‘21 • Unidos U.S. (NCLR)
Aaron Benavides, ‘21 • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Hispanic Ministry
Karla Burgos-Moron, ’19 • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Migration & Refugee Services (Anti-Trafficking)  
Jess Pulido, ‘19 • Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)

The Institute for Latino Studies is pleased to partner with many outstanding organizations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.  Click here to read about all of our Service Sites. To learn more about past CCLP interns and what they did, check out their video testimonials.

Scholarship Support Provided for All CCLP Students:
  • Free Housing

  • $1,100 stipend for Chicago/Los Angeles/D.C. $600 for Puerto Rico.

  • All materials for 3-credit course

  • Travel to and from Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico

Academic Requirements:
  • Attend three orientation sessions in the spring semester prior to summer service learning course.

  • Register for a three-credit course. Credit is granted in the fall following completion of the summer service learning course. For students studying abroad in the fall, credit will be conferred in the spring.

  • Read all course books and course packet articles.

  • Keep a journal.

  • Participate in class sessions with professor and other students.

  • Final presentation of your experience at end of summer service learning course to other students, faculty, community members, and alumni of Notre Dame.

  • Write synthesis paper at the end of the course.

  • Participate in all follow up activities in fall following summer service learning course such as exit interview, video, and open house for future potential applicants.

For more information about CCLP please contact Idalia (Laly) Maldonado, 574-631-3672 or


Special Thanks to ....

The Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles for being a generous supporter of the CCLP Los Angeles site
through annual endowment contributions raised at club events

Notre Dame Club Of Los Angeles