The Internship Program

Serve Refugees – Meet the World in a Neighbourhood – Grow Spiritually in Community

 Our internship program gives young people the opportunity to serve refugees as companions and caseworkers; to live alongside refugee families; to explore their own spirituality and its expression in service; and to be part of building and sustaining a thriving and inclusive community. Much of the work of Romero House is carried out by our committed, capable, and energetic team of interns.The role of Interns is fourfold:

  • Accompanying refugees through the complex refugee determination process as their companion:  assisting them to make their refugee claim and access welfare, healthcare, affordable housing, school, and employment. You will also go to appointments together, spend social time with each other, and mark special events such as birthdays.
  • Carrying out many, varied Organisational Tasks. Some of these office based, such as processing financial donations or creating our newsletter. Others take you out into our community – fixing bikes, maintaining our houses, or running our kids’ club or women’s group.
  • As a live-in House Coordinator, you will care for both your house and those you share it with by organising house meetings; facilitating good relationships between residents; ensuring common areas are safe and clean; and responding to emergency situations.
  • Building Community. We set out to build community in an intentional way. A community of interns emerges through meeting for prayer each morning; sharing meals and cleaning tasks; spending days and evenings together; and going on retreats. We build the Romero community through holiday celebrations, our summer camp, taking families away for weekends, and being present to each other whenever possible.

Romero House invites applications to its internship program from young people looking for a challenging, fulfilling, and worthwhile way to spend a year or four months. You can apply for either our full year program (Late August to the end of July), or our summer program (start of May until late August).


Eligibility:

To be eligible for the internship program you must be:

  • Over 19 years of age
  • Have completed high school. University education or training in specific skills are assets.
  • Emotional maturity and good judgment
  • Have a basic understanding of English. Fluency in Spanish or another second language is valued but not essential.
  • Be comfortable with the Christian and reflective dimension of the Romero House community
  • Willing to commit much of your time, including evenings and weekends, to being an active and present part of the community for the duration of the internship

In addition to these criteria, we seek interns who exhibit some of the following characteristics

  • A commitment to social justice
  • A desire to give oneself to others in a free and generous spirit
  • Willingness to work and live in unfamiliar situations
  • Interest in and excitement about learning from other
    cultures
  • Willingness to work hard with competence and care
  • Ability to take initiative

Compensation:

In return for their service, interns are provided with:

  • A room in one of our houses and communal meals
  • Basic medical and dental coverage
  • Stipend of $200/month for first year interns, $500/month for second year
  • Access to a bicycle and public transit passes
  • A return trip home at the end of the internship

Romero House is committed to living in solidarity with our refugee neighbours. Thus, all Romero salaries and stipends are deliberately modest. We hope that the compensation available makes the internship accessible to applicants regardless of their circumstances. We are happy to try to assist you, as we are able, in requesting a deferral of your student loan. If you have any questions about this element of the internship program, please contact us by emailing internship@romerohouse.org.