Faith and justice internship

JRS staff and volunteers
JRS staff and volunteers

The ‘faith that does justice internship’ is a new initiative of Jesuit Missions (JM) and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), providing paid experience working in two Catholic organisations alongside an Ignatian formation programme.

JM and JRS collaborate together on various aspects of their work, but this is the first time that they have collaborated on a project of this type. The idea of the internship came from conversations between the two Directors – Sarah Teather and Paul Chitnis.

This internship is predominantly about formation for the person – providing lived experience of what it is to work in an organisation rooted in Catholic social teaching working for justice; and importantly the faith formation which will run alongside the work.

Introducing someone to living and working in an Ignatian way, and the importance of reflective practice, will hopefully offer a foundation for future roles in faith-based organisations. 

"We are excited about this new faith that does justice internship. We know paid internships are rare but we want to provide an opportunity to someone with potential to gain experience of working in two faith based charities and encourage them to continue to contribute their skills to work for justice in the future." observed Sarah Teather.  

“Lots of young people are committed to a life which combines their faith with action for a more just world.  But it can be difficult to find opportunities to live out this vocation in the voluntary sector" commented Paul Chitnis. "This internship is a unique opportunity for someone to develop their skills, inject fresh ideas into our two Jesuit organisations and to create a platform for a future career.” 

JRS and JM will benefit from the internship in many ways. The intern is likely to bring fresh energy into the organisations and will have their own projects to work on, as well as accompanying and supporting the work of others in the team.

This years’ internship is a pilot and if all goes well, we hope to continue the internship in future years. 

Information on how to apply can be found on the JRS website and on the Jesuit Missions website

The closing date is Monday 17th July at 12 noon.