Drop-In & Helpline Internships
Thank you for your interest in interning with the Cambridge Women's Center!
Interns and volunteers are critical to the operations of our space. We are looking for people who are good listeners, take initiative, are willing to help with special projects and cleaning, and have an interest in social justice and women's empowerment. You do not need to be a student to be accepted for an internship, but you must be able to commit a minimum of 6 hours per week to the Center. If you’re interested in interning with us, scroll down to learn more about what we’re looking for & see how to apply. Please note that we have regularly scheduled mandatory orientation trainings for the Drop-In & Helpline Internship.
Volunteer Opportunities are also available for those who are able to commit less time to support our Drop-in & Helpline programs- click here to learn more about volunteering.
Think you might be a good fit? Before applying, please read below:
Some days are quiet, and others are hectic and emotionally charged. Just your presence alone allows us to stay open. There will be busy days as well as days with plenty of downtime. We expect volunteers to be flexible and able to adapt to center needs and encourage all volunteers to check in with their supervisors for support. Interns receive ongoing support and education through regularly scheduled trainings, volunteer meetings, and supplementary trainings sessions. Additionally, interns receive regular check-ins from our Director of Programs, Volunteers and House Management, Jessye Kass.
Interns must commit to a minimum of 6 hours per week, preferably 8-10 hours per week. For Fall internships, preference will be given to full-year internships. Currently, all interns also function as drop-in & helpline volunteers in the Center.
The Cambridge Women’s Center serves primarily vulnerable, housing-insecure, socially isolated, and low-income women in the Cambridge and Greater Boston area. Volunteers/interns are depended on to staff the Center at all times. As a drop-in & helpline volunteer/intern, you will:
Help with special projects (All interns will assist with special projects)
Provide emotional support to members both in-person & on the phone
Assist members with resource referrals and small projects
De-escalate conflicts and enforce policies when necessary
Perform regular walk-throughs of a four-story home and record center data
Participate in cleaning, organizing, and other household tasks
Be a present advocate that is available to support our members by having conversations, maintaining a welcoming center environment for all members, and providing material supports
We are currently accepting applications, on a rolling basis for interns beginning in the fall
Each cohort of volunteers begins by attending an initial, mandatory day-long training
OUR NEXT TRAINING WILL BE:
SATURDAY, november 9TH – 10:00AM-4:30PM
YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE MANDATORY TRAINING IN ORDER TO VOLUNTEER WITH US.
Please note exceptions to mandatory trainings can only be considered if an applicant has completed extensive social service training or works in case management.
We are unable to accept any more interns for only Fall semester, you must be able to intern from September-May to be considered.
If you are not interning for school credit, you may apply to attend our November 9th training, from 10am-4:30pm
Questions? Email our Director, Jessye Kass at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are not currently offering any internships that are not in the Drop-In & Helpline. Stay tuned for future opportunities