2012 Global Justice Summer Internship in Haiti

Global Justice Summer Internships

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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.

2016 Internships

Click on partner names to learn more about each placement.

 Partner Location Focus Area

Anne Margaret Barr Children’s Village

Kharang, India Teaching and contributing to orphanage operations

A Third Place

Tulsa, OK Community Center Programming to serve a low income area

Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal

New Orleans, LA, USA Hosting service-learning groups and community engagement

Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center

Cincinnati, OH, USA Advocacy work and/or community programs

Coal River Mountain Watch

Naoma, W. VA, USA Campaign organizing, fundraising and conservation

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Portland, OR, USA Advocacy and campaign work


San Antonio, TX, USA Legal support and/or volunteer management

Rural and Migrant Ministry

Multiple Locations, NY State, USA Contributing to youth programs, advocacy, and/or empowerment programming

Standing on the Side of Love

Washington D.C, Boston, MA or Phoenix, AZ Outreach and messaging on justice issues

The Sanctuaries

Washington, DC, USA Community organizing through digital storytelling and creative arts

UU Legislative Ministry of New Jersey

Summit, NJ, USA Advocacy work and organizing

UU Urban Ministry: Bethany House

Boston, MA, USA Program support and community development