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.


Opportunies listed on this page:

Name Date Posted
Alaska Internship April 2, 2014
Catholic Workers Summer Internship April 2, 2014
Opportunity to Lead Worship January 15, 2014
Hospice Volunteers Needed December 5, 2013
Organizing Internship - Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay 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


Alaska Internship


Spend the year serving at Girdwood Chapel UMC in Girdwood Alaska. Girdwood Chapel has a deep commitment to a community of 2200. 2011 membership was 59 with 62 average worship. Resort town dominated by Alyeska hotel and ski resort. Ski experience a plus. Breathtaking beauty everywhere. Only church with resident pastor. New church building nearly finished and in use. Church has a theological blend of people. 

Half time salary and housing provided. Start date July 1, 2014. End date June 30, 2015. Time frame negotiable.

Contact: David Beckett, Alaska Superintendent,

 Posted: April 2, 2014



Catholic Worker Summer Internship


San Jose Catholic Worker Movement has two opportunities for summer internships Come live, pray, and serve at Casa de Clara, our house of hospitality for women and children in downtown San Jose. During the four-week internship you will share in the work and life of the Catholic Worker community, while learning about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement.

Session I: June 1 ~ June 28
Session II: July 2 ~ July 29

For more information, contact Fumi: 408.297.8330

Download an application at

Application deadline: May 15.

 Posted: April 2, 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).


Organizing Internship - Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay


The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) is a national organization of worker centers for restaurant workers, dedicated to improving working conditions in the restaurant industry. Founded in New York City in the wake of September 11th, 2001, ROC-United has grown into a national organization with over 10,000 low-wage restaurant worker members and affiliate organizations in ten cities. ROC-United pursues a workers' rights agenda by combining innovative legal strategies with direct-action organizing, building power for low-income workers and providing legal support in worker campaigns against employers.

As with other affiliates, ROC-the Bay implements a tri-pronged model to build power for restaurant workers and to promote change in the restaurant industry by: 1) conducting comprehensive research and policy work to raise consciousness and lift standards for workers in the industry; 2) organizing workers to demonstrate public consequences for employers who take the 'low-road' to profitability, by violating workers' legal rights; and 3) promoting 'high-road' restaurant owners that pay and treat their workers well.

ROC-the Bay is seeking two interns to work out of our Oakland, CA office to support a worker-led participatory research project, base-building, and membership development. Interns will receive the appropriate training and ongoing guidance to provide support on the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct comprehensive surveys of restaurant workers to map out the industry and build power for workers across the bay
  • Recruit volunteer and workers to participate as surveyors for the study
  • Follow up, engage, and build relationships with workers
  • Conduct outreach to restaurants to become part of RAISE (Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment)
  • Data-entry and other administrative tasks as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passion for social justice and worker's rights
  • Experience with organizing (student/campus, labor, or community organizing)
  • Ability to work independently and learn quickly in diverse settings
  • Available to work at least 10 hours a week for at least 8 weeks

To apply, email cover letter and resume to Van Nguyen at van[at]rocunited[dot]org by Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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