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Social Justice Internships

Social Justice Internships

As the world becomes more aware of many social justice issues and realizes that it will take the energy and creativity of young people to solve them, we are seeing more and more opportunities for internships. Check back here from time to time to see what's available. Or for a huge list, check out

Want to do something meaningful next year? There are still spots available with Amate House. Amate House is a year of intensive leadership development in Chicago. Our fellows are young adults ages 21-29 who commit to living in intentional community with other Amate House fellows, and serving under-resourced communities in Chicago through full time community service. Fellows are asked to engage thoughtfully throughout their experience with the Amate House tenets of community, social justice, stewardship, faith, and service. With a network of over forty Chicago area non-profits, Amate House works diligently to place fellows in professional jobs geared toward their skills and interests, including positions at legal aid centers, low-income community health clinics, inner-city schools, parishes, and social service organizations. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. For more information visit


The Congressional Hunger Center is recruiting for the 26th Class of Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows! The Emerson Hunger Fellows Program is a leadership development program that trains, inspires, and sustains a network of leaders committed to social justice. The Emerson program bridges community-based efforts with national public policy to develop Hunger Fellows as effective leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty.

Each year 16-20 participants are selected for this year-long fellowship. Fellows are placed for the first six months with community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, and direct service providers. Fellows then move to Washington, D.C. to complete their year with national nonprofit organizations and federal government agencies to develop, implement, and advocate for policies that address hunger and its root causes. Throughout the year, the Fellows develop a strong learning community for reflection, resource sharing, and skill building that supports their field and policy work and their leadership development. The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger, poverty, and racism at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.

The application deadline for the next class of Fellows is January 11, 2021.  Applications are encouraged from candidates reflecting diverse educational, cultural, and professional backgrounds. We strongly encourage those with lived experiences of hunger and poverty to apply. Fellows serve as independent consultants and typically receive financial packages in the range of $38,000 to $43,000 over the duration of the fellowship. Please pass along this information to potential applicants who are committed to social justice and are interested in doing anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and racial equity work

CHC’s “Becoming an Emerson Fellow” page can be found here. If you have questions, please email or call me at 202-547-7022 ext. 10

The Bon Secours Mercy Health Internship Program is a paid, immersive program that will expose students to the healthcare industry while also giving them the skills and experience needed to build a future career. The program also features additional opportunities for mentorship, networking, career & professional development, community service, job shadowing, and exposure to senior and executive leaders. The Mission Intern will work under the direction of the Chief Mission Officer and Director of Spiritual Care, this intern will assist with Mission and Spiritual Care projects and services. 

Location: Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center

Dates: Monday, May 24th- Friday, August 6th

Hours: 40

Mission/Core Values:  It is expected that all of the duties and responsibilities of this position will be performed in a manner consistent with the Ministry’s Standards of Behavior (CARE; Compassion: seeks to understand, listen and explain; Advocate: is the voice for the vulnerable;  Respect: demonstrates the highest regard for and welcomes all people; Excellence: commits to the highest standard of quality care, joyful service, and teamwork) and in a manner that reflects the core values of Mercy Health which are: Stewardship, Human Dignity, Integrity, Compassion, and Service.

Visit the website for more information.

We are excited to announce openings on our summer camp staff for 2021!   We will be hosting a Facebook event entitled Working at Summer Camp - What do you need to know?  A short presentation on working at any summer camp will be followed by a Q&A with specifics about WeHaKee Camp for Girls. ( WeHaKee is owned and operated by the Catholic Sisters, The Dominicans of Sinsinwawa. 

The event is on Wednesday, December 16th at 4pm CST. Students can register at the link in this FB event. It will be a Zoom meeting.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: Join our CRS family this summer as a paid intern through our CRS Summer Hire program! Visit our CRS Careers page and type "summer" into the search bar to view the summer internships available across all CRS departments. These will be posted on an on-going basis throughout the spring, so check back regularly. 


Will you make a difference in a  child's life as part of Christian Appalachian Project's Summer Camp program? Volunteers and interns make summer camp possible for kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford such an experience. In addition to a transformational service opportunity, benefits for volunteers include travel assistance and room & board. Volunteers committed to serving six weeks or more are eligible for a bi-weekly stipend of $375, as well as a potential Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (a $1300 value) at the conclusion of their service term. More information can be found at

Position Description: CityWide is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA to support the development of two new community initiatives focused on building financial independence and increasing access to healthy food for residents of West Dayton. 

  1. Financial Stability
    Goal: Provide residents with the tools they need to build a more stable financial foundation and improve options in other areas, including future housing.  

    Job Duties:  
    Gather data on resident financial priorities through conversations and analysis of existing work. 
    Build relationships with partners to address financial literacy and similar needs with residents.  
    Develop outreach tools to connect residents to opportunities, including training, education, peer support, etc.
  2. Healthy Food Access
    Goal: Increase the capacity of healthy food program pilots to ensure that residents have easy access to a range of affordable and healthy food options. 

    Job Duties:  
    Research and identify best practices in local growing and sale/distribution of produce. 
    Support solar garden efforts to develop sustainable growing and distribution plan. 
    Identify funding opportunities for local food programs and support funding applications. 
    Recruit new volunteers to support multiple solar garden and community garden growing plans. 


  • Prior experience working in community 
  • Must be a self-starter with strong interpersonal and time-management skills and a passion for community-building  work 
  • Strong writing and communication skills 
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation 

Program Benefits:  

  • $1,040 monthly living allowance 
  • End of Service Award: Choose between a Segal Education Award ($6,095) to pay for a range of education expenses or a cash stipend ($1,800). 
  • Health benefits 
  • Child Care assistance (if applicable) 
  • National AmeriCorps network of current members and alumni 

How to Apply: Create a profile and apply through the AmeriCorps portal at: Reach out to Caitlin Jacob with questions at


Internships available for Fall 2021. Application deadline: August 20.

Each semester, Commonweal offers internships to up-and-coming young writers, journalists, scholars, theologians, creatives, and critics. We are currently welcoming applications for the fall of 2021 (

Interns have the opportunity to explore Commonweal’s editorial, marketing, development, and digital work, depending on their interest and background. Responsibilities include:

  • Writing original content for Commonweal's website or print magazine
  • Assisting with website curation and research, including art and archival collection
  • Preparing content for publication using an online content management system (CMS).
  • Assisting in editorial planning and production of The Commonweal Podcast.
  • Creating and planning content for social media.

Start and end dates are flexible, with modest stipends offered to help defray living and commuting expenses. Due to Covid, we're open to remote intern applications, with the possibility of spending a couple of weeks in NYC during the fall semester paid by a generous grant.

Qualified candidates from undergraduate and graduate programs in any discipline are encouraged to apply. Commonweal is also interested in elevating, supporting, and amplifying Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian voices. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of original writing to The application deadline for fall 2021 is August 20.

If you have any questions about our Internship or College Subscription Program, please contact Milton Javier Bravo at

Apply by November 1, 2020  

The Global Learning Collective is welcoming students across the world to participate in a virtual team-based internship contributing to a sustainable future for all. The main objective of the Global Internship Program is to connect talented students to solve real-world organizational challenges related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), giving students a platform to professionally and personally develop their intercultural competencies and prepare to become global leaders with the know-how to successfully navigate in a multicultural environment. The Global Virtual Internship experience promotes leadership development, intercultural competence, and immersive virtual learning.

Inspired by the UN SDGs, this virtual program will offer students the opportunity to interact with multiple organizations across the world and be exposed to current global challenges. In particular, students will work on projects related to the following SDGs: #2 (zero hunger), #3 (good health and well-being), #11 (sustainable cities and communities), and #12 (responsible consumption and production).

LEADERS FOR YOUTH (L4Y) recruits native English speaking camp counselors and English teachers for camps, schools and families in Spain. 

Details of this opportunity

The mission of the Leadership Roundtable is  to promote "best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resources development of the Catholic Church in the U.S., including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity." 

The Leadership Roundtable Fellows program offers a one-year, faith-based experience in Washington, DC. You will have the opportunity to live in community with other local Catholic volunteers, serve full-time at Leadership Roundtable, and develop a broad skill set of best practices in management and leadership to help you successfully transition to a ministry or career. For more information visit

Mission of Mary Farm is a project of the Mission of Mary Cooperative, a non-profit group that works for urban social justice on the east side of Dayton. We are named for Mary the mother of Christ and share in her mission of bringing Christ to the world. Though Catholic and Marianist in identity, the farm serves and employs people of any faith background. The farm is entering its 6th season of production growing. In addition to a CSA vegetable distribution program and farmer’s market operations, Mission of Mary Farm hosts community events, educational workshops, a children’s outdoor day camp, and a teen work skills development program. We work extensively with the land and the people of the Twin Towers neighborhood, a diverse but low income urban neighborhood about 1.25 miles east of downtown Dayton.

Position Description: We are seeking energetic and driven interns who will help us not only in our seasonal programs but also in furthering the mission and capacity of our organization. Interns assist in all matters at the farm including: seed starting, transplanting, garden maintenance, new garden construction, compost creation, harvesting, packaging, selling, marketing, and delivery. Interns also become integral members of the neighborhood community where we farm by participating in and helping to organize neighborhood events and community meals, volunteer days, teaching in our kids’ day camp, and by mentoring teens in our work skills program. Most of our programs occur in the summer months, but the more time interns are able to commit to being at the farm the more they learn about sustainable food production and the vocation of farming.

Find out more and apply!

NETWORK's Associate Program is an 11-month program focused on legislative advocacy rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Justice. From Fall to Summer,  Associates participate in an intensive, educational, and professional development experience in Washington, D.C. This program -- designed for people of all faith backgrounds and all ages -- cultivates growth into a career in advocacy, politics, policy, or non-profit work through firsthand experience. Associates will develop practical, translatable skills as they contribute to the ongoing NETWORK mission of working for social justice.

Applications for the next Associate year are now open. More information can be found at

Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2021

NETWORK welcomes all candidates that are passionate about social justice and civic participation. Since its founding in 1972, NETWORK has advocated for equity in a variety of contexts and strongly encourages people of color and other underrepresented groups within the social justice advocacy field to apply. Associates must be at least 21; there is no upper age limit. Over the years, our associates have been equally divided between college graduates and people in mid-career or retirement phases of their life.

For more information about NETWORK, click here.

Environmental justice internships

Adults of all ages are invited to apply for an internship or long-term volunteer opportunity on the working organic farm at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Experience hands-on opportunities in our fields and gardens, with our chickens and alpacas and working with fiber arts, all while learning about sustainability and environmental justice. Live in a small community of volunteers and interact with the Sisters of Providence. Learn more or apply at

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Student Moral Fusion Organizing Fellowship

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted moral narrative of christian nationalism. The PPC was launched with 40 days of action in Spring 2018 with an historic 6 weeks of nonviolent moral fusion direct action in over 35 states across the country. 

The PPC engages in moral fusion organizing, building across lines of difference, including race, geography, age, religion, ability, and more. The current phase of organizing focused on shifting the national narrative and building power among poor and directly impacted communities by broadening and deepening our base, registering people for a movement that votes, and mobilizing toward a Mass Poor People's Assembly & Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020. We are fighting for systemic change through a Moral Agenda.

The Student Moral Fusion Organizing Fellowship is a four-month, part-time organizing fellowship. After a three-day training in Washington, DC March 6-8, students work with an organizing mentor in their state to engage their peers in the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington. Dedicating ten-hours per month to the project, organizing fellows gain experience as an organizer including in recruitment, relationship building, leadership development, and fundraising. 


Internships are available at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, NJ., ( The internship period would be the months of September-Early July, with paid room and board (meals included).  There is a stipend and a $1,000 bonus at the end of your time there.
Call Anthony Fucci at 609 884 3829 for further information.


cristosal.pngThe Human Rights Center and Cristosal are seeking undergrad and graduate students for an eight-week virtual fellowship starting in June 2021.

This fellowship placement provides an opportunity to experience the human rights and local development work in Central America and develop skills as a human rights and development advocate, educator, and defender while working directly with, and supporting Cristosal’s team. 

Learn More & Apply by April 30th


counterpart.pngThe Human Rights Center and Counterpart International are seeking undergraduate, graduate and law students for a virtual fellowship to work at the front lines of human rights civil society work.

This HRC virtual fellowship placement provides an opportunity to experience firsthand the human rights and local civil society development work done by Counterpart and develop skills as a human rights and development practitioner. Students will work with both Counterpart HQ and its field office in Bangladesh, assisting Counterpart’s Promoting Advocacy Rights Project with the administrative management of its program.

Learn More & Apply by April 16th


ardc.pngThe Human Rights Center and the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) are seeking undergraduate and graduate students, for a virtual fellowship working directly with African asylum-seekers in Israel beginning in May 2021.

This HRC fellowship placement provides an opportunity to join and learn from ARDC’s team of grassroots community organizers, educators and human rights defenders working with the asylum-seeker community in Israel on social and economic inclusion through increased access to higher education.

Learn More & Apply by April 16th


hias.pngThe Human Rights Center and HIAS-Israel are seeking law students or experienced undergraduate students for a virtual fellowship on international refugee law and gender beginning in May 2021.

This fellowship placement will provide either UDSL or undergraduate students with the opportunity to join and learn from HIAS-Israel’s team of lawyers, experts and local partners, working on topics including, international comparative legal research, refugee case law research, gender and law research, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), and state obligations to international treaties.

Learn More & Apply by April 16th


pej.pngThe Human Rights Center and Project Expedite Justice (PEJ) are seeking law students for a virtual fellowship on human rights abuses taking place in South Sudan, Sudan, Cambodia and Ethiopia.

This fellowship placement will provide UDSL students with the opportunity to join and learn from PEJ’s multinational team of lawyers, experts and local partners, working on topics including International Criminal Law, human rights, corporate accountability, transitional justice and human trafficking. 

Learn More & Apply by April 30th


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