The UU College of Social Justice offers 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 young adults a first-hand experience of grassroots justice work along with framework that helps them explore potential career paths as well as their own spiritual development.
What’s in it for you?
As a UUCSJ Intern, you will:
- Gain valuable experience working at a grassroots justice organization
- Deepen understanding of how social change theory is enacted in a specific circumstance
- Contribute to significant social justice initiatives
- Have the opportunity to have direct contact with the core constituency of the host organization
- Weave a stronger connection between your faith and social justice work
What are past Interns saying?
The most meaningful thing about my experience was seeing all of the things that happen behind the scenes in order to make social justice work successful.
Even though I was so far away from anything familiar, the presentations on how climate change is impacting the water levels, housing, and fishing in Louisiana reminded me of how climate change is affecting people at home in Brooklyn. Learning and listening from indigenous folks that day sparked my inspiration to study with other indigenous people around the world.
In order to be eligible for the Global Justice Summer Internship, the applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be fluent in English
- Have health insurance for the duration of the internship placement
- Be willing to work up to 25 hours per week for six to 12 weeks between May and August
Successful applicants demonstrate the following qualities:
- Genuine interest in the intersection of faith and social justice work
- Maturity, flexibility, and resourcefulness in prior work or volunteer environments
- Ability to be a strong team player, self-starter, and comfort working independently
- Possess 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.
Need-based funding of up to $1,500 is available for students to cover basic living and travel expenses. 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.