Summer Internships at Haley House

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2016!

Deadline to apply: March 8, 2016 at 5pm

Internship dates: June through August 2016

Haley House, a 50-year-old nonprofit in Boston,
operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, community garden, and housing program in the South End and a Bakery Café in Dudley Square. Haley House is seeking three interns for its summer internship program this year. I
nternships are unpaid, though room and board are provided. Priority will be given to applicants who have the potential to extend their summer internship into a longer-term commitment (2-year minimum) to Haley House’s Live-In Community, a group of residential volunteers who co-manage Haley House’s direct services, and express this in their application. It 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 and Food Pantry

The core responsibility of a summer intern is befriending the guests who come to our soup kitchen while providing meals and managing our food pantry – 3 to 4 shifts weekly (about 12 to 16 hours). Support work such as food shopping, recycling, community meetings, etc. require approximately 2 to 4 additional hours per week. Participation in other Haley House programming such as Community Tables and Take Back the Kitchen will also be arranged.

Urban Garden Projects

Because it is summer, our urban gardens will require significant tending. We are seeking those interested in a gardening placement from 10 to 20 hours per week above and beyond one’s soup kitchen service. Actual gardening skills and experience are also highly valued. Descriptions of the gardens are as follows:

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. As a summer intern, you’ll be doing everything from planting seeds to helping to teach garden classes.

Thornton Community Garden with the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center: Haley House has partnered with Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, an after school center for children 5-18 years old to develop an educational garden and community space for community members and the surrounding neighborhood at the Thornton Community Garden. What was previously a vacant lot behind the Community Center is now an active urban farm with 20 raised beds and the intention to build more this summer.

Social Justice Project

The summer internship program offers another option for a secondary placement: the chance to get involved in social justice work around the city. We want to empower interns to connect to activist and community groups of their choice in Boston. We hope that interns will gain a broader perspective on the intersections of social inequality, including racial and economic justice. We expect that interns will then share the knowledge and connections they have made back with the Live-In Community. We expect up to 10 hours of engagement with outside organizations per week.

Additional Internship Information

The internship requires flexibility and is subject to adjustments based on Haley House’s needs, but the basic weekly structure will look something like this: 20-25 hours serving directly in the soup kitchen and support activities, 5-20 hours in a secondary placement and 5-10 hours in an offsite organization, for a total of approximately 30 hours/week.

2015 Summer InternsInterns 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 will be rooming with 1-2 other interns 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.

There is also the potential for interns to seek part-time employment.

To apply, please fill out our application here. For further details about the Summer Internship, contact or This internship is open to applicants of all backgrounds and life stages. Applicants must be 18 or older at the start of the internship to apply.

Sample Schedule

Below is an example of a summer internship schedule.

Sample Schedule