Become a WATER Intern

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

Susanna Stutler, Hannah Dorfman, and Karis Slattery, staff associates, in the WATER office in 2017.

The program is an opportunity to learn how a small non-profit runs and see what it takes to nurture and maintain a wide network of feminists and activists across the country. Interns engage in the full range of activities from program planning to fundraising. Those who wish to do their own research have a chance to utilize WATER’s extensive feminist theological library, as well as consult with our experienced staff through periodic in-house seminars. Oh, and they also have fun!

Here are just a few of the opportunities interns have:

  • Program and event planning
  • Assistance with writing and editing projects such as WATERtalks, WATERritualsWATERwheel newsletter, journal and web articles, books, and presentations
  • Non-profit fundraising
  • WATER community outreach via phone, email, and list serv to our broad network of colleagues
  • Hosting visiting scholars and guests
  • Social media maintenance of website, Twitter, Facebook, and more.

Interns must commit to a minimum of six weeks, but have the opportunity to 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.

Applications are accepted throughout the year, and interns are invited to come at any time. Summer internships typically begin in May and finish at the end of July. There is flexibility given the applicant’s schedule; a minimum of six weeks is required. The deadline for summer internship applications is April 9, 2018 though we will accept applications on a rolling basis after that. Check out our WATER Intern App 2018 (PDF version) or WATER Intern App 2018 (Word doc) for details. For more information about the program, contact the office at (301) 589-2509 or send an email to Hannah Dorfman at

Recent Intern Reflections

  • WATER Interns 2014: Cathy Jaskey (2013-2015 with Loretto Volunteers), Melody Stanford, Ciara Chivers, and Jacquelyn Small.

  • WATER Interns 2012-2013: Molly Bolton, Rebekah Renfro, Elizabeth Lancaster, and Wendy Mallette

  • WATER Interns 2011-2012: Heather Smith, Clarafrancie Cromer, Anne Lacher

  • WATER Interns, 2010-2011: Mary Ann Kaiser, Emily Cohen and Joy Harris

  • Anna Beth Roeschley (Mennonite Volunteer 2007-2009), Emily Derstine (2009 Intern) and Sophie Kanter (2008 Intern)