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Thank you for your interest in interning with the Cambridge Women's Center! The Center is a diverse community space for all women that provides unique services within the comforts of a home. Volunteers and interns are critical to the operations of our space.

All internships begin with a mandatory day-long training for new interns and volunteers. The date of the spring training, which will mark the beginning of summer internships, is yet to be determined. Once this date is set, we will post the intern application. If you would like to be alerted when we start accepting applications for the spring training, please let us know here.

Information about Drop-In & Helpline internships:

The Cambridge Women's Center is a unique center that primarily serves housing-insecure, marginalized, and low-income women in the Greater Boston area. We are entirely dependent on our wonderful direct service volunteers and interns to keep the center running during operating hours. A minimum of three volunteers is required to staff the center at all times. As a volunteer intern, you will: provide general staffing of the 4-story home, provide emotional support and conversation in-person and on the phone, assist community members with resource referrals and troubleshooting, perform regular walk-throughs of the house, participate in tidying and light cleaning, record data and information, and be an engaged and present advocate for our members to turn to.

As a Volunteer Intern, you will receive a 5-hour training followed by ongoing evening trainings, to prepare you for serving as a volunteer staff member. Interns must commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week. You will receive training and weekly supervision by Jessye Kass, the Director of Programs, Volunteers, and House Management. Training and additional support will also be provided by Anna Plotkin-Swing, the Volunteer Manager.

Who are we looking for and what can I expect?

We are looking for people who are good listeners, take initiative, are willing to help with special projects and cleaning, and have an interest in social justice and women's empowerment.

As an intern, you will likely encounter conversations on the following topics: homelessness, poverty, food insecurity, mental health issues, depression, isolation, trauma, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, substance use, and more. It is important to understand what volunteering in the drop-in actually looks like. Some days are quiet, and you'll talk about television and gardening, and others are hectic and emotionally charged as you help women navigate systems aimed to help, but with many barriers. Just your presence alone allows us to stay open. There will be downtime and busy days, and we expect interns to be able to handle both, as well as check in with their supervisors for support.

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If you would like to be alerted when we start accepting applications for the spring training, please let us know here.

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