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Clarity of conviction, strength of character

Habiger Institute Leadership Interns

About Leadership Interns

Being a morally responsible leader who thinks critically, acts wisely and works skillfully to advance the common good is not for the faint of heart. It requires conviction, fortitude, character and, above all, faith. The two-year Habiger Institute Leadership Interns program for St. Thomas juniors and seniors offers Christ-centered formation that brings the full demands of the Gospel to being a Catholic leader in a complex world.

Participating students are exemplary leaders from a variety of St. Thomas fields of study and extracurricular activities.

Our approach is a Christ-centered, distinctly Catholic leadership formation integrating hands-on opportunities for leadership and service, as well as exciting opportunities to personally engage with faithful, seasoned Catholic leaders in the areas of business, politics, education, law and the Church.

Leadership Interns Program Pillars

  • Catholic Leadership Formation
  • Program Activities
  • Spring Institute
  • Catholic Leadership Formation

    Leadership is who you are, not what you do.

    Your faith and character are the foundation upon which your gifts and skills find their strongest footing. Our formation program is based upon five building blocks which are, in order of importance:

    1. Faith
    2. Character
    3. Vocation
    4. Gifts
    5. Skills

    Program Activities

    You begin with the fall semester Vision Retreat and continue with weekly leadership and formation meetings throughout the academic year. In between you will lead and help coordinate Catholic-related student life programs. You will also interact with business and Church leaders, and inspiring St. Thomas alumni.

    Spring Institute

    This program capstone is an opportunity to examine the concrete, practical implications of Catholic leadership. Past Institutes include studying the principles of Christian culture in France, considering a Catholic's duties toward society in Washington D.C., exploring Latino and Hispanic Catholic culture in Peru, and experiencing the demands of Catholic charity in Denver.

    Catholic Leadership Formation

    Leadership is who you are, not what you do.

    Your faith and character are the foundation upon which your gifts and skills find their strongest footing. Our formation program is based upon five building blocks which are, in order of importance:

    1. Faith
    2. Character
    3. Vocation
    4. Gifts
    5. Skills

    Program Activities

    You begin with the fall semester Vision Retreat and continue with weekly leadership and formation meetings throughout the academic year. In between you will lead and help coordinate Catholic-related student life programs. You will also interact with business and Church leaders, and inspiring St. Thomas alumni.

    Spring Institute

    This program capstone is an opportunity to examine the concrete, practical implications of Catholic leadership. Past Institutes include studying the principles of Christian culture in France, considering a Catholic's duties toward society in Washington D.C., exploring Latino and Hispanic Catholic culture in Peru, and experiencing the demands of Catholic charity in Denver.

    Clarity of conviction and strength of character are more important in leadership than any talent or gift or skill or technical training a person may possess.

    True Leadership, Habiger Institute
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    Contact Information

    We encourage you to contact our Leadership Interns coordinator and program chaplain, Fr. Bryce Evans!