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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


The Emerson Hunger Fellows Program is a leadership development program of the Congressional Hunger Center 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.

Applications for the 2023-24 program are now closed. Applications for 2024-25 will open in the Fall.

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

Camp Joy provides opportunities for populations of youth that might not otherwise have the chance to attend camp for socioeconomic or medical reasons. Working at Camp Joy provides counselors with the kind of experience employers are looking for. Senior counselors learn how to be leaders as they take on the responsibility of caring for a group of children. They learn how to think critically, acting as problem-solvers on the fly; addressing conflict, engaging campers, and changing plans in a fast-paced environment. 

Apply here 

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Each semester, Catholic Mobilizing Network--a ministry of the Catholic Church to end capital punishment-- welcomes college and graduate student interns to our team, working alongside them on efforts to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. 

CMN interns get hands-on experience and insight into the inner workings of a faith-based non-profit, and explore how their faith calls them to work for justice.

We are currently inviting undergraduate and graduate students ages 19-24 to apply for our Congregation of St. Joseph Summer 2023 Internship Program.

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Young people of faith are critical in national efforts to transform our criminal legal system. 

CMN is proud to work with young justice seekers all year round, empowering them to cultivate forms of justice that prioritize healing, right relationship, and repair.


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 as well as a potential Segal AmeriCorps Education Award at the conclusion of their service term. More information can be found at

The Cleveland Foundation is currently recruiting students for our 2023-24 Public Service Fellowship program and our 2023 Summer Internship Program. All applications are now live with deadlines/eligibility as follows:

The SIP deadline is January 23rd, 2023

  • Are current sophomores/juniors/seniors or first-year graduate students
  • Either has a permanent residence in Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga counties or attends a college/university within Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga counties
  • Are interested in learning more about the nonprofit and public sectors with a particular focus on Cleveland through a full-time, paid ($16/hour) summer internship experience

The PSF deadline is February 13th, 2023

  • Have a passion for public service
  • Earned their undergraduate degrees within the last 3 years (spring 2020 through spring 2023)
  • Want to live and invest in Cleveland for at least a year

Prospective candidates should visit our website to learn more about the program and apply. They can also check out former summer interns’ reflections on their #SummerofPurpose via our blog. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns along the way - please do not hesitate to reach out to Stephanie Molnar ( or Josh Pugh ( 


Each semester, Commonweal offers internships to up-and-coming young writers, journalists, scholars, theologians, creatives, and critics. (

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 

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

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).

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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!

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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Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
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