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!

Heureuse Kaj


Heureuse Kaj is from the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. She is a graduate of Africa University with a B.A. in Economics. She served as a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries in Japan for two years, working with women and children who were victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. It was a life-transforming experience that strengthened her call to social justice ministry. Heureuse is currently working on her Master of Divinity degree in the Missional Fellows Program at Wesley Theological Seminary. She looks forward to her learning experience with WATER. WATER welcomes her warmly!

Rachel Beaver

Rachel Beaver is the newest WATER intern. She graduated in January 2018 from Randolph College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Economics. While at Randolph College she volunteered with the Chaplain’s Office and tutored for the Religious Studies department. Originally from Texas, she looks forward to learning how feminist theology can benefit the lives of those back home, across the country, and around the world. In the Fall of 2018 she will begin graduate school pursuing an M.A. in Religious Studies.