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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 14, 2019.  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

 The Emerson Recruitment flyer can be found here.  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

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. Specifically, we invite qualified candidates to apply for the summer internship position with our CRS University Engagement Team.


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


Commonweal Editorial Internships for summer 2020:
Application Deadline is March 31!

Each semester, Commonweal offers internships to up-and-coming young writers, journalists, theologians, marketers, and critics. We are currently welcoming applications for the summer of 2020.

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. Summer interns must be available full time.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of original writing to The application deadline for summer 2020 is March 31.

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


Milton Javier Bravo
Internship Program Director

Community Development Summer Intern (Community Heart & Soul)

  • McComb, Ohio
  • Intern
  • Contract Position:  10 weeks (40 hours/week @  $12.50/hour)

What is Community Heart & Soul?

Community Heart & Soul reconnects people with what they love most about their town and translates those personal and emotional connections into a blueprint that serves as the foundation for future community decisions. It's a barn-raising approach to community planning and development designed to increase participation in local decision-making and empower residents to shape the future of their communities in a way that upholds the unique character of each place.

McComb, Ohio  is undertaking a Heart & Soul initiative in partnership with the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and the Orton Family Foundation.    

The intern will gain exposure to national experts in rural community development, community organizing and philanthropy. 

Job Description

The McComb Region Heart & Soul team has spent the last year collecting over 3,300 local stories from a wide variety of residents with particular focus on traditionally underrepresented voices.   The information extracted from those stories is being summarized as community values that highlight what matters most to the community.  The intern will spend the summer supporting the Heart & Soul Community Coordinator in using the community values to evaluate issues and opportunities and issues that impact the future of the McComb region.

More information and how to apply

Blog by intern from last summer

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 2018 to Summer 2019, 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 2019-2020 Associate year are now open. Please download, fill out, and send the application back to by January 31, 2019.

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.

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. 


There are some places open for volunteers to help with the family retreats this summer at The Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, NJ., (

Call Anthony Fucci at 609 884 3829 for further information.

This HRC and Cristosal internship placement provides an opportunity to experience firsthand the human rights and local development work in Central America and develop skills as a human rights and development advocate, educator and defender while living in San Salvador, El Salvador during the summer period.

Cristosal’s work in El Salvador includes community organizing, victim advocacy and accompaniment, strategic litigation and participatory research on issues of forced displacement, hate crimes, state violence, due process and access to justice and transitional justice.

Required Skills

  • Conversational ability in Spanish with advanced Spanish reading ability. We will require evaluation of language ability before accepting interns.
  • Strong communication skills in English
  • Ability to integrate interculturally and with multidisciplinary team.
  • Familiarity with international studies and human rights frameworks.


  • A minimum of 8 weeks’ availability between May 27, 2020 and August 24, 2020.

Areas of Work

  • Research assistance: online research, use of the Salvadoran access to information system, interviews, and the analysis and process of information gathered.
  • Educational materials and content development: Cristosal’s Global School for Human Rights hosts week-long intercultural seminars on a range of human rights topics. Contributing to the materials used may include translation or development of powerpoint presentations, reflection materials, ice-breaker games, development of interactive, online learning modules, creation of popular education hands-on learning activities, etc.

Funding Details

  • Undergraduate applicants seeking funding who meet the eligibility requirements should apply separately for the HRC Curran Renzetti Scholarship.
    (Deadline for this scholarship is February 15, 2020)
  • Graduate applicants seeking funding who meet the eligibility requirements should apply separately for the HRC Grad/Law Summer Grants (Deadline for this grant is February 21, 2020)

Learn More & Apply by Feb. 15 >>



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