MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Through our internships and volunteer opportunities, we invite you to be a part of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth’s 160 year tradition of action and caring.
Each summer we place Values Into Action interns at community based nonprofits in the NJ/NY Metro area that reflect the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth’s commitment to social justice and building community. Interns receive a stipend of $1,000 for the semester and spend ten hours a week at their host organization. On Thursdays, interns meet as a group at our Motherhouse for leadership development, mentoring and to participate in special projects.
SPRING / FALL INTERNSHIPS
We take a limited number of interns for the fall and spring semester, based at our Motherhouse or at the Academy of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ. Opportunities are generally in the following areas: high school admissions, accounting and finance, and non-profit program development.
If you are interested in a fall or spring internship with us, send us an email.
HOW DOES THE STIPEND WORK?
Interns receive a stipend of $1,000 for the summer. The stipend is paid in two installments – one in mid-July and one at the end of the internship. The stipend is taxed and you will be required to fill out the appropriate paperwork before you start your internship.
WHAT KIND OF WORK DO VALUES IN ACTION INTERNS DO?
It depends on the organization, and the interest and skills of the intern. The big thing for us though is that you are not running errands or getting people coffee. Recent internship projects have included assisting in developing marketing and social media campaigns, translating court documents (Spanish to English or vice versa) for individuals seeking asylum to take to court and planning a community health fair.
WHAT WILL MY HOST SITE BE LIKE?
Our interns are all placed at organizations that reflect the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth’s commitment to social justice and building community. But in many instances, beyond that, the organizations don’t have anything in common. Also, the role of the intern really depends on what the organization needs and the skills and experience of the intern. We work with the host sites to ensure that every intern has a solid orientation and work plan so students know what to expect. But, chances are, your internship role/responsibilities/experience will be different than your fellow intern. Here are some of the organizations where we have placed summer interns:
WHAT IF I GET STARTED AND I DON'T LIKE MY INTERNSHIP HOST SITE?
Much effort, communication, and thought goes into the process of matching interns and host sites. Both the intern and host agency must agree on the placement, and we work with the host site to ensure that the intern has an approved work plan and clearly outlined expectations. If you are unhappy with your placement we will work with you – and the organization – to address your concerns. But, due to the lengthy process to place an intern, we are usually unable to offer an alternate placement.
ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP WITH HOUSING?
No. We welcome students from anywhere, but we lack the resources to help identify or provide housing.
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY?
We accept applications for summer internships on a rolling basis beginning on February 1st, and continue accepting applications until all positions are filled. We receive hundreds of applications each year, so we suggest applying early.
WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Fill out an application. You will be contacted for a first interview with someone from The Office of Interns and Volunteers. If we decide to move forward with your application, it will be forwarded to the host site we think would best match with your interest and experience. The host site makes the final decision on intern selection, but we are the primary contact throughout the interview process. We will let you know if you were selected.
WHEN DOES THE INTERNSHIP BEGIN?
Our internships always start the first Thursday in June and end the second Thursday in August.
IS THERE FLEXIBILITY IN THE INTERNSHIP SCHEDULE?
Interns work ten hours a week at their host site and spend Thursdays at out Motherhouse. Most of our host sites need interns to work a consistent schedule but can be flexible with the days. Thursdays are not flexible as they involve scheduled speakers.
I ALREADY HAVE A VACATION PLANNED, WILL I BE ABLE TO TAKE OFF DURING MY INTERNSHIP?
You can miss ONE day at your host site (which you will have to make up), and ONE Thursday session. No exceptions. We encourage you to be upfront about travel plans while you are going through the internship process.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
You are currently an enrolled undergraduate college student and eligible to work in the US.
You must be interested in and passionate about nonprofit and community based work.
We get a lot of applicants so the process is competitive. While not required, it helps if you have volunteer experience and/or experience with an underserved population.
You must be able to pass a background check and agree to be drug tested.
DO I NEED TO BE CATHOLIC?
We accept both short-term and on-going volunteers at our Motherhouse in Morristown, NJ. We also refer individuals to volunteer opportunities with our partner organizations, should we not have an appropriate opportunity. Great volunteer opportunities are all about fit. So, we like to start with an application and then have a conversation with you about your interests and talents and explore together what volunteering might look like with you. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out our application. We will then be in touch and will work with you to identify the best volunteer opportunity.