The Sanctuaries

Washington, D.C.

The Sanctuaries is a diverse arts community with soul. We harness the power of spirituality and the arts to create safe spaces for people of diverse racial and religious backgrounds to build trust and take collective action.

They’re also on Facebook and Instagram!

I have done some powerful reflection as a human being and as an artist that has permanently redefined what art and poetry mean for me, and what true community looks like. I am humbled to have shared space with these human beings, who I am convinced are lightworker souls, sent to create and share the type of love and light that will ultimately heal us all.

Lexus, 2016 Intern

Internship Description

The interns are expected to contribute to community life by planning events and supporting our artists. Additionally, the interns can expect to improve our media outreach efforts in order to amplify our impact. Of course, the personal interests and learning goals of the interns will also be taken into consideration when finalizing the project priorities.


  • Specific Skills Needed: Community organizing through the arts is an unpredictable and, at times, intense experience, so we’re looking for interns who will bring flexibility, drive, and resilience. While not required, interns with their own artistic practice are particularly well suited for this internship. Additionally, The Sanctuaries seeks to serve and reflect the demographic diversity of Washington, DC; therefore, preference will be given to applicants of color, and/or those with a demonstrated commitment to building multicultural community.
  • Number of Intern Placements: 2
  • Internship Time Frame: Eight to ten weeks, from early June to mid-August, 2017. Approximately 25 hours per week, in addition to networking and professional development opportunities. NOTE: this internship may be eligible for extension beyond the summer months.
Know BEFORE You Apply

There is no low-cost or free housing provided with this internship; however, local artists have provided past interns with helpful leads, and most interns have either lived with friends in group houses or stayed with relatives in the area.

While a car is convenient, interns will be able to rely on public transportation.

Interns are eligible for a stipend of no more than $1,500 from UUCSJ to assist with food, local public transit, and incidentals, depending on a variety of factors. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding, including grants from colleges and foundations, congregational support, and Faithify, or other crowd sourcing fundraisers.



It was so much more than an internship! I found a community of supportive individuals that gave me space to develop leadership skills, express myself creatively, and make long-lasting friendships.

— Kayla, past intern

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303