Each year, Sojourner hosts 8-10 interns in our shelter, legal advocacy and community education programs. Interns broaden the quality and scope of Sojourner's reach and allow us to offer additional services that would otherwise be difficult to provide. Interns also provide fresh energy and perspectives which benefit our clients and staff alike. A few things interns have done in the past include:
Led a weekly middle school girl's group to teach personal safety and social-emotional skills
Provided safety planning, counseling and screening for emergency shelter over our 24/7 Crisis Line
Designed a gardening program for clients in our shelter to teach mindfulness and self-care strategies
Assisted with filing orders of protection and attended criminal court to provide advocacy services
Co-facilitated our SafeU violence prevention program in schools
Connected clients to essential resources and referrals
Tabled in the community to raise awareness of Sojourner' services
Sojourner provides both classroom and experiential training to better equip interns to work in the fields of human service, social work, criminal justice and education. Our goal is for interns to leave with a deeper understanding of the impact of domestic violence and a strong skill set which will inform their future work. Recently, a former intern stopped by the office and delivered an Edible Arrangement and a note, thanking Sojourner for all we did to help her on her journey. The feeling is mutual!
Do you know someone who might be interested in interning at Sojourner this Fall or in the future? Please direct them to our website to learn more and fill out an online application. Click HERE for answers to frequently asked questions!