Summer Internships (and Residency) at Haley House

Applications are currently closed. Applications for the 2019 Summer Internship and Residency will be available in January.

Deadline to apply: March 9th at 5pm

Internship and Residency dates: June 1st through August 31st 2018

Haley House, a 50-year-old nonprofit in Boston, operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, urban farm, and housing program in the South End, and a Bakery Café in Dudley Square. Haley House is seeking 3–5 interns and summer residents for its summer internship and residency program this year. Interns and residents are unpaid, though room and board are provided. Interns and residents will be integrated into life in the Live-In Community, a group of residential volunteers who co-manage Haley House’s direct services and commit to life together as a community, building deep connections with each other and our guests.

Priority will be given to applicants who have the potential to extend their summer internship or residency into a longer-term commitment (2-year minimum) to Haley House’s Live-In Community and express this on their application, though all are encouraged to apply. The summer internship and residency is a unique opportunity for people who wish to work and build relationships with soup kitchen guests and fellow volunteers, while living in an intentional community.

Primary Placement: Haley House Soup Kitchen

The core responsibility of a summer intern or resident is engaging the guests who come to our soup kitchen through meals and conversation. Interns and residents can expect to do 3 to 4 shifts weekly (about 12 to 16 hours). Interns and residents will learn how to co-manage meal coordination in conjunction with the Live-In Community. Support work such as food acquisition and other soup kitchen responsibilities will require approximately 2 to 4 additional hours per week. 

Secondary Placements

The secondary placement entails 10–15 hours a week in another area of the organization, in addition to one’s soup kitchen service. The internship and residency at Haley House is flexible and can be crafted to suit the intern’s or resident’s interests—including urban farming, youth development, administrative work, operations support at the Bakery Cafe, arts and cultural events, re-entry into the community for formerly incarcerated folks, and more. 

Urban Farming Projects

Because it is summer, our urban farm and school garden in particular will require significant tending. We strongly encourage applicants with this interest to apply. Actual farming skills and experience are also highly valued but not required. Descriptions of the projects are as follows:

Thornton Farm: Haley House has partnered with Hawthorne Youth and Community Center (HYCC), an after school center for children 5–18 years old to develop an educational farm and community space for the surrounding neighborhood. Our site contains 40 raised garden beds and has yielded over 1,300 lbs. of produce this year alone for Haley House’s programs. Interns and residents will be expected to help with site maintenance with anything from seeding to harvesting, and to engage with our team of high school youth from HYCC.

McKinley Garden: The McKinley Collaborative Garden Project, or “McKinley Garden” for short, is Haley House’s urban community agriculture collaboration with the McKinley South End Academy. This partnership engages elementary and middle school students in cooking and science curriculum while using the garden as a healing space. While interns’ and residents’ primary focus will be at Thornton, they may help with June garden classes and site maintenance throughout the summer.

Additional Internship and Residency Information

The internship and residency requires flexibility and is subject to adjustments based on Haley House’s needs, but the basic weekly structure will look something like this: 15 hours serving directly in the soup kitchen and support activities, 15 hours in a secondary placement, 5 hours of community meetings and social life, for a total of approximately 35 hours/week.

2015 Summer InternsInterns and residents will reside with the live-in community in a five story brownstone that contains the soup kitchen, Haley House’s administrative offices, and three floors of living and community space. Interns and residents will be rooming with 1-2 other summer residents in fairly modest living arrangements. 23 Dartmouth Street, the location of the soup kitchen and internship residency, is in the heart of Boston’s South End. Food is shared in a common kitchen on the top floor. As residents of the community, interns will participate in house chores and weekly community dinners. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on presence and participation in community living.

Should interns or residents have the financial need, there is also the potential to attain part-time employment within or beyond the organization. For questions about the Summer Internship and Residency Program, please contact Harriet at This internship and residency is open to applicants of all backgrounds and life stages. Applicants must be 18 or older at the start of the internship to apply.

To apply, please fill out our application here.