The Sojourners Internship Program
Goal of Program:The Sojourners Internship Program is a spiritual formation program that embodies Sojourners' commitment to Christian discipleship, community, and vocation. The yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community.
Type of Placement:Interns work full-time in the ministry of Sojourners. Each participant is placed in an entry-level position in one of our departments. These positions are desk jobs, with occasional opportunities for travel and/or meetings around the city for some positions. Tasks and duties are individualized to the work and placement, but most include a combination of administration, communication, organization, research, and writing. Half of the departmental positions have a concentration in non-profit management, while the other half are concentrated on program development.
Service Area:All placements are in Washington, DC.
Service Length:All placements are 12 months, from August to August.
Requirements:Any and everything! Anyone 21 years and older with a US Social Security number, without dependents, is eligible to apply for the Sojourners Internship Program. The program benefits from the diverse experiences of its interns. Past interns have studied social work, business, English, religion, international relations, anthropology, art, and much more. Interns have previous work experiences ranging from teaching English as a foreign language to working on election campaigns, working at summer camp to organic farming. To read the bios of our current interns, please check sojo.net/interns.
Financial Arrangement:Interns receive housing, health insurance, loan deferral assistance, and transportation funds as part o f the internship program. As a community, the cohort of interns manages a shared budget that provides for food, personal and medical needs, and all supplies needed to maintain the household. Additionally, each intern receives a personal monthly stipend of $150.
Living Arrangements:All interns live together in a shared home in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC. Sojourners was formed initially as an intentional community, with community members sharing vocation and personal life. The Sojourners Internship Program grows out of that foundational aspect of the organization, weaving together the threads of community life and the organization's work. Together, interns worship, share meals, manage a common budget, engage in weekly house meetings, maintain the household, pray, and learn to live as an ecumenical body of Christ living out peace and justice.
Program Size:Each year, Sojourners accepts nine to 10 interns into our yearlong program. All interns live together and work together in Washington, DC.
Training:All interns receive a two-week orientation in Washington, DC, at the beginning of the program. The training covers all three tenets of the program, which are intentional community, personal faith, and professional vocation. Each intern will also receive ongoing office training specific to her/his department, as well a spiritual mentor. In addition to three retreats during the year, the program also includes weekly seminars on a variety of topics related to faith and justice, which can include book studies, site visits, or lectures led by visiting experts.
Application Deadline:February 15th