Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

This page lists internship opportunities we have received in the Field Education office that are available to PSR students.

  • If you want to consider doing an internship to meet your Field Ed requirement, you will need to schedule a meeting with Odette Lockwood-Stewart, Director of Field Education and Contextual Learning. You can request an appointment via FieldEd[at]psr[dot]edu or 510/849-8287. Note: the internship must be for at least 9-months to be eligible.


Opportunities listed on this page:

Name Date Posted
Take Root Internship Program June 20, 2014
Opportunity to Lead Worship January 15, 2014
Hospice Volunteers Needed December 5, 2013
Adult Literacy/Numeracy Volunteers - Berkeley Adult School August 19, 2013
Lutheran Lakota Shared Ministry at Pine Ridge Retreat Center July 15, 2013


Take Root Internship Program


The Family Tree “Take Root” year-long internship program is a year of discipleship combining faithful service, intentional community, and social action. Young adult interns have the opportunity to:

  • Grow professionally … through serving in internships with a local non-profit dedicated to advocacy or direct service.
  • Grow spiritually … through serving in a leadership position with the host congregation.
  • Grow personally … through living in community with others who share a commitment to service & social justice.

Take Root interns serve approximately 20 hours a week with The Family Tree- a nonprofit engaged in community based direct service and advocacy. Interns serve 10 hours a week with a host congregation. They also engage in reflection and discussion with intentional community members and a Spiritual Director from the local community. The Take Root internship is a resident volunteer position. In exchange for participation, lodging and food is provided to the intern by The Family Tree.

A Take Root Intern applicant may seek monetary compensation by applying for the position through one of two denomination-affiliated College or Graduate student placement agencies:

Summer only positions through Alliance of Baptists Summer Communities of Service

Summer and year-long positions through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Student.go

 Posted: June 20, 2014




The good folks at New Community of Faith in San Jose have expressed interest in having seminary students come and lead worship. Typically, we have guest preachers twice a month.

If you are willing to make the journey to west San Jose, please contact Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough at




Mature individual, having a genuine interest in working in a hospice setting, needed for weekly visits at patients’ homes or skilled hospice facility. Volunteer may provide companionship, spiritual support, respite for family members, and bedside vigils. Volunteers need to successfully complete of the hospice’s volunteer training, screening, and orientation program. Ability to work with an interdisciplinary group essential. Candidates must be able to drive. Patients are in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. NEXT TRAINING: TBD    

For more, information, please contact: Belinda Sullivan, 925-771-8295 (phone) or bsullivan (at) (email). 

Adult Literacy/Numeracy Volunteers - Berkeley Adult School


Volunteer in an Adult Literacy/Numeracy Class:

The Adult Basic Education (A.B.E.) classes which seek volunteers are part of the Academic department at Berkeley Adult School. We provide instruction in basic reading, writing, math, and other subjects with an emphasis on critical thinking and developing greater self-sufficiency to assist learners in achieving their personal goals. These goals may include moving on to High School diploma or GED programs, improving job skills, helping children with school work, recovering from disabilities, etc.

The ABE classes provide learner-centered educational experiences designed to help build needed skills. These often include readings about and discussions of relevant economic, social and political issues that affect our community. We encourage learners to express themselves and become active in seeking improvement in their lives and the lives of others.

Volunteers help learners by providing additional one-on-one tutoring under supervision of the class instructor.

Volunteers must complete a 1 hour orientation to volunteering in the Berkeley Unified School District; go to for more information.

We are currently seeking volunteers who can come at least once a week on an ongoing basis. The ABE English class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The ABE Math class meets at the same time on Tuesday and Thursday.

About Berkeley Adult School:
The mission of the Berkeley Adult School is to ensure that adult learners have equal access to learner-centered education and training as a lifelong process in a cohesive, supportive, and multicultural environment. Berkeley Adult School provides a number of different programs and services to the community, including a large English as a Second Language (ESL) department, a Career and Technical Education department, and an Academic department, as well as programs for older adults, adults with disabilities, collaborative services, and community services.

Contact Wendy Hoben, ABE teacher, for more information:
(510) 205-3025

Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

Posted: August 19, 2013


Lutheran Lakota Shared Ministry at Pine Ridge Retreat Center


Pastor Karen Rupp, site supervisor of the Pine Ridge Retreat Center at the Lakota Indian Reservation (Pine Ridge, SD), is in need of a student intern at her site. Here, students have the opportunity to spend 12 days living in the community and learning about the culture and those serious issues which are embedded within it.

Pastor Rupp is open to hosting a student for a nine or 12 month internship and will also provide a small stipend with living quarters. Furthermore, this is a wonderful opportunity for a student to explore ministry within a unique setting; students return from this immersion with a heightened sense of self-awareness and sensitivity as it pertains to oppression, Native American spirituality and living out one’s faith within this unique context.

Please look at the attached application and description of daily duties previously submitted to ELCA’s Horizon Internship Program for an overview of Pine Ridge’s offering. If you have any questions or wish to have more information about this opportunity, feel free to contact Pastor Rupp directly at 605-867-5262 or at krn[dot]rpp[at]gmail[dot]com.


Posted: July 15, 2013