Global Justice Summer Internships
Thank you for your interest in our summer internships. Updated information for the 2017 Global Justice Summer Internship Program will be available in January 2017. Sign up to receive an email reminder.
In collaboration with partner organizations, the UU College of Social Justice offers a number of summer internships for emerging young adults (ages 18–25) who wish to deepen their engagement with social justice and discover new ways to put their faith into action. Our goal is to offer interns a powerful firsthand experience of grassroots justice work, along with a reflection framework that helps them engage in both vocational discernment and faith development.
Before beginning their placement, interns are asked to orient themselves to the political history of the internship location and the justice work of the partner there, through materials provided by UUCSJ. During the internship, interns will engage in a series of structured reflections on their work, with guidance from UUCSJ and their internship host. Following the placement, interns are asked to write an evaluation of their experience, and be available as mentors to future interns.
Internships take place during summer (June–August) for six to twelve weeks, at both U.S.-based and international sites. See below for a full list of past internships opportunities.
Eligibility and Application
All interns must be at least 18 years old, and be at least one year past graduating high school, as of summer 2016. All interns must hold health insurance for the duration of their placement.
In addition, ideal applicants will show the following:
- Interest in the intersection of faith and social justice work.
- Demonstrated maturity, flexibility, and resourcefulness in prior work or volunteer environments.
- Ability to be a strong team player, and comfort working independently and taking initiative.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate cross-culturally.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and online collaboration tools (Google Drive or similar).
- UUCSJ particularly encourages people from ethnic minorities or historically marginalized groups, women, and people who come from less privileged backgrounds to apply.
Specific internship placements may have further qualifications.
Funding and Logistics
UUCSJ internships are a three-way partnership between UUCSJ, the intern, and the host organization.
Internships are unpaid, but interns are eligible to apply for a cost-of-living stipend from UUCSJ, intended to cover basic living expenses and local public transit. However, availability may be limited. Housing is also available, subsidized by UUCSJ and/or the partner organizations. Interns must cover the cost of travel to and from their internship location, and in some cases are asked to share in the cost of room and board.
Prospective interns are strongly encouraged to explore funding opportunities from other sources, such as their colleges and faith communities. Many colleges offer grants for summer internship placements, or the opportunity to receive academic credit. UUCSJ will work with applicants to accommodate outside guidelines for funding.
For most locations, interns will be scheduled to work no more than 25 hours per week, to allow the option of seeking an additional part-time job.
Click on partner names to learn more about each placement.
|Kharang, India||Teaching and contributing to orphanage operations|
|Tulsa, OK||Community Center Programming to serve a low income area|
|New Orleans, LA, USA||Hosting service-learning groups and community engagement|
|Cincinnati, OH, USA||Advocacy work and/or community programs|
|Naoma, W. VA, USA||Campaign organizing, fundraising and conservation|
|Portland, OR, USA||Advocacy and campaign work|
|San Antonio, TX, USA||Legal support and/or volunteer management|
|Multiple Locations, NY State, USA||Contributing to youth programs, advocacy, and/or empowerment programming|
|Washington D.C, Boston, MA or Phoenix, AZ||Outreach and messaging on justice issues|
|Washington, DC, USA||Community organizing through digital storytelling and creative arts|
|Summit, NJ, USA||Advocacy work and organizing|
|Boston, MA, USA||Program support and community development|