Internships and Opportunities

Become a part of an inspiring community of feminists in religion

WATER welcomes students from seminaries, universities, and colleges both national and international to participate in the internship program.

Interns engage in the full range of activities at WATER, from office work to program planning. They learn how a small non-profit is run and what it takes to nurture such an Alliance. Interns wishing to do their own research have a chance to utilize WATER’s constantly growing library as well as consult with our experienced staff through periodic in-house seminars. They also have fun!


Jean Stokan the director of the Institute Justice Team for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Staff Associate Hannah Dorfman, and Mary E. Hunt at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Interns must commit to a minimum of six weeks and can stay for a year or more. Internships are unpaid. Some interns are placed through established programs of their universities or religious organizations, such as Mennonite Voluntary Service and the Loretto Volunteer Program. All participants are encouraged to apply for academic credit from their home institutions for their work at WATER.

Check out our WATER Internship Application for more details. Applications are accepted throughout the year, and interns are invited to come at any time. Summer internships begin Memorial Day and finish at the end of July. The deadline for summer internship applicants is March 25. Give us a call if you have any questions about the program: (301) 589-2509, or email us at

Staff Associates

Hannah Dorfman

Hannah Dorfman is a year-long staff associate at WATER through the Loretto Volunteer Program. She graduated in 2015 from Tufts University in Boston, MA with a double major in Religion and American Studies. After graduating college, Hannah was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at a community development organization in Boston.

Janaya Sachs

Janaya Sachs is a year-long staff associate at WATER through the Mennonite Voluntary Service. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2017 where she was a chemistry major with a minor in religion. While at EMU, she worked in Campus Ministries as a Pastoral Assistant. She hopes to learn more about the impact of feminist theology on the lives of women of faith and looks forward to all she will engage with in the coming year. Welcome Janaya!

Charlotte Lim

Hailing from the “little red dot” of Southeast Asia, Charlotte Lim is a rising senior at the National University of Singapore, having recently completed a year-long scholarship program at Yale University. She majors in Political Science with a specialization in Political Theory, and is enthusiastic about exploring the intersection between faith and feminism. At WATER, she anticipates continually having her own beliefs challenged and molded, as she gains a deeper understanding of what it truly means to hold the tension between being a woman of faith in the midst of diverse and ever-changing feminist realities. WATER welcomes her with delight!