SJP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I log extra hours early in the semester to complete my SJP ahead of time?

No. SJP is a 6-month commitment from October to the end of the Spring Term.  Students are to work on average 8-10 hours per week to meet the minimum requirement of 200 hours by the end of the Spring Term. It is possible that you may log more than 200 hours as this is a 6 month minimum commitment.


  1. My site requires a background check, fingerprinting, and/or a drug test.  Can I count the time it takes for me to travel to the testing location(s), as well as the time spent undergoing the evaluations/procedures as part of my 200 SJP hours?

No. You only receive credit for hours worked and for supervision meetings. No travel time or SJP Symposium participation can be logged as SJP hours.


  1. I am supposed to start my SJP this week, but I still haven’t completed my orientation, drug test, background screening, and/or fingerprinting. I’m worried that by starting SJP late I will not be able to make up the lost hours, and will not finish my SJP on time. What should I do?

You have 6 months to complete your hours, so adjust your schedule accordingly.  It is possible to add on an extra hour each week in order to make up any lost time.  By the time we reach the SJP midterm at the end of the Fall Term, if you have not yet reached 70 hours minimum, you should develop of plan for completing your SJP on time to make up these lost hours. Please contact the Department of Community Engagement to alert us to your concern and to receive support: SJP Coordinator, Mike Joyce (


  1. Do I need to work during Semester Break or on holidays?

Possibly.  We encourage the site mentors to allow all Adler students excused time off from SJPs during official school holidays and during Semester Break. Any and all plans for time off should be discussed and approved by your Site Mentor ASAP. However, if you are behind on hours, semester breaks may be a good time to make-up those hours.  In addition, taking time off may create a breakdown in productivity for the projects you are responsible for at your site. This should be viewed as optional time off with approval from your site mentor.  In any case, you must meet the 200 hour minimum by the end of Spring Term.  It is your responsibility to monitor your time closely.


  1. If I get sick am I excused from going to SJP?

It is important to discuss absences with your supervisor and understand what the protocol is at your site regarding emergencies, absences, and time off. Communication is key, so make sure you know who should be contacted and that this happens immediately should you become ill or have an emergency. If you are incurring a prolonged time-off from your SJP, please contact the SJP Coordinator (Mike Joyce, after discussing this with your Site Mentor.


  1. I’m supposed to be working on a specific project, but so far I’m just filing, photocopying, sending faxes, etc… What’s the point of doing SJP if this is all I’m being used for?

As with any internship there is a certain amount of clerical and administrative responsibilities that accompany the position. However, this should not exceed 15% and sites have signed agreements stating this information. If you feel that you are not working within the capacity as was described in your SJP Project for the majority of your time at the site: 1) first speak with your site supervisor about this, then 2) contact the SJP Coordinator of the Department of Community Engagement (Mike Joyce, to address your concerns and to remedy the situation with your Site Mentor.


  1. Is the Annual Community Engagement Symposium at the start of Summer Term I just a presentation of the work I did for the organization?

No.  The Annual Community Engagement Symposium is an opportunity for you to present your reflection and understanding of a particular social justice issue at your SJP site. It is an opportunity to showcase your work, what you have come to understand regarding the social problems, and how you’ve impacted change. You are encouraged to take pictures where/when appropriate (with consent from your site supervisor and a completed Adler University media release form), and creatively document the work you do.  This will help you to create a more meaningful presentation for the Annual Community Engagement Symposium.


Feel free to contact our staff in the Community Engagement Department for GENERAL concerns, not addressed here.


Michael Joyce:

SJP Coordinator


Francine Reed:​​​

Manager of Community Partnerships


Camille Williamson:

Director of Community Engagement