Summer Internships at Haley House

We are no longer accepting internship applications
for Summer 2014. Please check back in the fall.

June 1-August 15, 2014 | Deadline to apply: March 7, 2014


Haley House, a 48-year-old non-profit in Boston, operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, community garden, and housing program in the South End and a Bakery Cafe in Dudley Square.  Haley House is seeking five or six interns for summer 2014.  Internships are unpaid, though room and board are provided.  Priority will be given to applicants who have the potential to extend their summer internship into a longer-term commitment (1-year minimum) to Haley  House’s Live-In Community, a group of residential volunteers who co-manage Haley House’s direct services.  All interns will share a primary placement at Haley House’s soup kitchen and will have distinct secondary placements in other aspects of the organization’s work.  Descriptions of each placement are as follows:


Primary Placement: Haley House Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

1. Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry: Summer interns will assist the Live In Community members in the operation of Haley House’s 48-year-old soup kitchen. Interns will be expected to work 2-3 shifts in the soup kitchen, where they will cook and share a meal with guests and fellow volunteers. Interns will also help manage our weekly food pantry and clothing room.


Secondary Placements: McKinley Garden, Take Back the Kitchen, Public Relations, Community Tables, Hawthorne Garden, Impact*

1. McKinley Garden: Got a green thumb or  construction skills?  The McKinley Collaborative Garden Project, or “McKinley Garden” for short, is Haley House’s urban community agriculture collaboration with the McKinley South End Academy.  As a summer intern placed in the garden, you’ll be doing everything from planting seeds to building hoop houses.  We are particularly interested in candidates who have knowledge of sustainable agriculture and have experience in garden design and construction.

2. Take Back the Kitchen (TBK): Interested in teaching youth ages 8-16 how to prepare healthy, wholesome meals?  Then TBK is the right placement for you! TBK classes are housed at both Haley House Bakery Cafe in Dudley Square, and at the Haley House Soup Kitchen in the South End.  The TBK intern will be responsible for assisting Chef Instructors before, during, and after classes in both planning and implementing the curriculum, and ensuring that students remain engaged. In addition, the intern is responsible for integrating seasonal produce from the McKinley Garden into our TBK curriculum. Cooking and teaching experience is preferred, though not required.

3. Public Relations and Outreach: Have a knack for communications, PR, social media, and design? Our PR/Outreach intern will have the opportunity to create flyers, posters, brochures, and newsletters for Haley House’s many events and continuing projects such as: Community Tables, McKinley Garden Project, Hawthorne Garden Project, and other fundraisers and events. This position will also entail managing and posting to Haley House’s blogs, including the live-in blog and the McKinley Garden blog. If you have experience using Wordpress, Photoshop, Indesign, and/or other design programs, and have an interest in social media, please consider the PR/Outreach placement!

4. Community Tables: Eager to get involved in community-building? Community Tables, Haley House’s newest initiative, is a weekly pay-what-you-like dinner at Haley House Bakery Cafe that is open to friends, families, and neighbors in Dudley Square and beyond. The Community Tables intern is responsible for outreach and promotion, food sourcing, volunteer scheduling, coordinating day-of logistics, and keeping administrative data for this weekly event. This position entails exercising skills in community building, written and verbal communication, event coordination, and some graphic design. If you want to be a part of the Roxbury community, are an organized and detail-oriented worker, and are excited about bringing big-picture ideas to a young program, the Community Tables position could be a good fit for you!

5. Hawthorne Garden Project: Interested in helping lay the foundation of an innovative urban gardening project? Haley House has partnered with Hawthorne Community Center, an after school center for children 5-18 years old to develop an educational garden and community space for community members and the surrounding neighborhood.  What was previously a vacant lot behind the community center, is now being transformed into a space for many potential urban greening projects. This position requires passion and dedication. Experience in community organizing and some urban gardening/farming is preferred.  If you are dedicated to urban gardening and would like to be the integral piece of setting roots for the project, this is a great position for you!

6. Impact Intern: The Impact Intern will help to design and produce impact evaluations measuring and documenting the success of some of Haley House's key programs.  The Impact Intern's work will include: researching program evaluation techniques (including participatory rural appraisal or PRA), observing programs, conducting interviews, writing and collecting surveys or questionnaires, facilitating focus group meetings, organizing information, and analyzing results. It would be most helpful if the Impact Intern has previous experience conducting qualitative field research or program evaluations, skills using computer applications such as NVIVO, SPSS, or Microsoft Excel, and excellent listening and writing skills.

*Note: All secondary placements are subject to change. If they do change, they will be updated accordingly. Also, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience in Dreamweaver (or advanced knowledge of HTML, CSS, Java), Microsoft Access, SPSS, and Excel.  Please make note of such skills both in your application and on your resume. 


Additional Internship Information

As mentioned before, Haley House’s summer internship is unpaid but room and board are provided. Interns will reside with the live-in community in a 5-story brownstone that contains the soup kitchen, Haley House's administrative offices, and three floors of living and community space. Interns will be rooming with 1-2 other interns in fairly modest living arrangements. 23 Dartmouth Street, the location of the soup kitchen and internship residency,  is in the heart of Boston's South End.  Food is shared in a common kitchen on the top floor. As residents of the community, interns will participate in house chores and weekly community dinners. Interns are expected to work approximately 30 hours/week in their primary and secondary placements. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on presence and participation in community living.

For further details about the Summer Internship contact Deena at detter@haleyhouse.orgor begin the application process by submitting the summer internship form. The deadline for submitting the application is March 7, 2014. We will inform you of our decision by March 28, 2014. The expected intern commitment is June 1, 2014 – August 15, 2014, with reasonable flexibility for special circumstances. This internship is structured to accommodate the summer availability of most college students but is open to applicants of all backgrounds and life stages.


Sample Schedule

Below is an example of a previous summer internship schedule. Schedules for the summer 2014 internship may differ from this.

Sample Schedule


Link to Application

Fill out the summer application form here.