“The level of professional experience I received at my worksite was invaluable. Besides this, the interactions I had with the people I served was life-giving, and gave me a passion for the work that needs to be done for social justice in our society.” – Holly, 2013-2014
Interns serve 32 hours per week at placements such as:
Interns serving at the San Francisco offices of the Episcopal Diocese of California partner with the ministry of the Discipleship Working Group, which provides oversight to a variety of educationally-related Episcopal ministries and sponsors events for youth. A typical week might involve staffing a youth event, implementing communications strategies, visiting one of the two diocesan camps, designing programs and providing welcome and hospitality to young adults at Grace Cathedral. This intern placement is especially appropriate for someone with an interest in education, Christian faith development, or youth and young adult ministries.
The Seamen's Church Institute serves the wayfarers and workers of the Port of Oakland. SCI provides a space for mariners to go and relax, as well as counseling, pastoral care, and small conveniences that make all the difference, such as phone cards, transportation, and mail services. Listen to director of the Maritime Center's Adrienne Yee discuss SCI on NPR's All Things Considered.
Braid Mission is an emerging ministry that is founded in the mission of reaching out to middle school youth in foster care. Central to this mission is developing teams of mentors who will surround youth with a community founded in love. Both the mission and the Braid community are developing and the opportunity exists to be a part of the founding team. A week would likely include creating and managing events for the youth, working with communications, helping dream, design and problem solve, liaising with mentor teams. It is an opportunity to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit of San Francisco in a church plant. Braid is located in the rapidly developing neighborhoods of Mission Bay and The Dogpatch.
University Chapel is the campus ministry to UC Berkeley sponsored by the Episcopal and Lutheran (ELCA) churches. The chapel is a place that celebrates ancient ritual, intellectual curiosity, and hopeful faith. The ministry provides hospitality to students, stimulating opportunities for spiritual growth and works with students on justice causes such as immigration, climate change, and LGBT inclusion.
Episcopal Community Services helps over 14,200 homeless and low-income people every year. ECS provides housing, jobs, shelter, and essential services to help someone get off the street and stay off the street. Interns have the opportunity to bring their own passion for justice to ECS. With its broad scope of ministry, ranging from providing for physical needs as well as mentoring and counseling, the actual work of each intern will vary based upon skills and interest.
Interfaith Power & Light is mobilizing a religious response to global warming. IPL is working with faith communities around the country to become leaders in the fight against global warming through energy conservation and renewable energy programs, education and outreach, and public policy advocacy. Interns work in the national headquarters and help improve IPL's online presence and connection to youth organizations. The work of an intern includes direct outreach and events with IPL's California congregations in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Day Labor Program and Women's Collective is a program of Dolores Street Community Service.