The Internship Program

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

Our internship program gives young people the opportunity to walking alongside refugees in a spirit of service and mutual care; to live with families in a community that intentionally blurs the lines between work and the rest of life; to explore what it looks like to do justice with Spirit; and to be part of building and sustaining a thriving and life-giving community. The life of an intern in our community includes:

  • Accompanying refugees through the complex refugee determination process and building a new life in Toronto:  making a refugee claim, accessing social assistance and healthcare, searching for affordable housing, enrolling in school, and seeking employment.
  • Carrying out many, varied Organisational Tasks. Some of these are more administrative in nature, such as processing financial donations or putting together our newsletter. Others take interns out into our community – fixing bikes, maintaining our houses, spending a day in the garden or running kids’ club or women’s group.
  • As a live-in House Coordinator, interns support the live-in refugee community  by organizing house meetings; facilitating good relationships between residents; ensuring common areas are safe and clean; and responding to emergency situations.
  • 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. We are a community that walks with people through suffering and difficulty, but also that sees the tremendous importance of celebrating.

Romero House invites applications to its internship program from young people looking for a very meaningful way to spend a year or four months. You can apply for either our full year (11 month) 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 will certainly be helpful to you.
  • Demonstrate emotional maturity and good judgment. Interns are in a role of tremendous responsibility.
  • Be fairly comfortable communicating in English. Fluency in Spanish/French/Arabic or another second language is valued but not essential.
  • Be open to fully participating in the Christian and reflective dimension of the Romero House intern community
  • Be willing to really give yourself, including on some 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
  • A willingness to work and live in unfamiliar situations
  • An interest in and excitement about learning from other
    cultures
  • A willingness to work hard with competence and care
  • An ability to take initiative
  • A desire to live in a spirit of simplicity and solidarity, resisting the material inclinations of our culture

Romero House cares for interns in a number of ways, including by offering:

  • A room in one of our houses and communal meals
  • Basic medical and dental coverage
  • A 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, most of whom are receiving social assistance. 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 any aspects of the internship program, please contact us by emailing Harold at: internship@romerohouse.org

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