Students currently enrolled in undergraduate programs are encouraged to apply for a rewarding, hands-on, summer internship with Catholic Charities! With a wide range of placements, our interns develop professionally and personally while enjoying a meaningful work experience.

In 2022, we offer remote and in-person opportunities. Interns will serve 20 to 32 hours a week for 11 weeks. Typically these hours take place between 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday; however, some programs require evening or weekend hours and interns have the flexibility to organize their schedule with their supervisors.  

Interns are offered professional development workshops and networking opportunities with Catholic Charities staff and other interns throughout the summer. Interns are also welcome to participate in volunteer events and give help that empowers and hope that lasts.

Learn more about the different summer internship placements below. Spots are limited, so the sooner you apply the better!

Internship Timeline

  • Apply by March 27, 2022
  • Interviews start early March, 2022
  • Selections occur in early April, 2022
  • Serve from May 24 – August 5, 2022

Internship Opportunities

Major or Focus: Interest and academic experience in data analytics, health policy, research, public health, psychology, social work or pre-medicine.

The Behavioral Health Summer Intern will analyze data to identify the impact of integrated treatment of patients’ substance abuse, physical health, and behavioral health issues; generate reports from patient records; use the regional health information system; research and apply best practices in the health integration field; develop presentations / training on implementation of best practices for Catholic Charities staff and clients. The Summer Intern will receive training in using and updating electronic health records and collaborate with the professional data systems team to build data reports that track impact The Summer Intern will work closely with, and be mentored by, the Senior Director of Anchor Mental Health and have opportunities to meet with Catholic Charities employees who are experts in various related fields to learn about their work.

Characteristics of successful applicants for this summer internship placement:

  • Willing to learn new and intricate tasks
  • Good communicator, strong writer
  • Critical thinker
  • Strong collaborator
  • Good research skills
  • Able to conceptualize the bigger picture and discern the specific data that impacts it
  • Interest in health and public health systems, public policy implementation

Location: Remote, with in-person option at Anchor Mental Health (1001 Lawrence St NE, Washington, DC)

Major or Focus:  English, History, American Studies, Pre-law/Criminology, Spanish

The Catholic Charities Legal Network (CCLN) Summer Intern will assist attorneys to manage the pro bono practice. The Summer Intern will have opportunities to participate in all aspects of the practice including contributing substantively to planning a campaign to recruit pro bono attorneys, managing the case management software, and working on CCLN supporters’ events. The intern will also have opportunities to observe attorneys interview clients and assist with case processing. The intern will assist attorneys with follow-up tasks related to client cases.

Characteristics of successful applicants for this summer internship placement:

  • Highly organized 
  • Strong writer 
  • Comfortable speaking on the phone with clients to gather information 
  • Experience using databases 
  • Interest in process workflows
  • Proficiency with Office 365 Suite
  • Written and oral proficiency in Spanish preferred but not required

Location: Remote with possible in-person days at 924 G St NW, Washington, DC

Major or Focus: Public Relations, Journalism, Graphic Design, Marketing, Communications 

The Communications and Marketing Summer Intern will create website and social media content, conduct research for projects, develop ideas for storytelling, write and publish posts for Catholic Charities’ Open Door blog, and assist with the quarterly newsletter. The intern will get experience writing for the website and creating social media posts. The intern will also learn and develop skills related to storytelling, communications, graphics and design principles, copyright laws, as well as the procedures governed by Catholic Charities’ Communications department. 

Characteristics of successful applicants for this summer internship placement:

  • Strong writing 
  • Ability to identify and tell stories 
  • Experience with website management (WordPress, preferably) 
  • Time management  
  • Experience with social media tools and platforms (Sprout Social, preferably)

Location: Remote with possible in-person days at 924 G St NW, Washington, DC

Majors or Focus: Candidates interested in working with children or people with disabilities 

The Community Companions Summer Intern will conduct surveys of parents, organize meetings between parents and staff, and recommend creative ways to engage parents in program activities. The intern will also work with children to set and achieve individual learning goals, help monitor students during recreational activities, and support the staff with administrative projects. Interns will have the opportunity to gain facilitation and leadership experience, learn more about early childhood, and work with students with developmental disabilities. 

Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Must speak and read English
  • Patient and energetic
  • Enthusiastic to work with children with disabilities
  • Interest in early childhood education
  • Able to sit or stand while working with students  
  • Excited to follow directions and willing to learn on the job  
  • Experience working with children or people with developmental disabilities  
  • Spanish-speaking skills helpful but not required

Location: In-person at 1010 Grandin Ave, Rockville, MD 20851 with some remote days possible

Majors or Focus: Junior or senior undergraduate students with an interest in communications, non-profit management, marketing; any liberal arts major  

The Development Summer Intern will conduct research on prospective donors, grant sources, social media tactics, update stewardship and marketing materials for donors and foundations, update donor records in the Raiser’s Edge database, contribute to planning and attend at least one special event for donors as support staff, and make thank you calls to donors. The Development Team Summer Intern will participate in a high-functioning team, participate in a multifaceted and sophisticated development program, witness the beneficial impact of philanthropy on mission and donors, observe the donor life cycle and develop foundational skills that will be welcomed by any future employer. 

Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Confident
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Eagerness to be part of a high-functioning team
  • Extremely detail oriented and very organized 
  • Strong written and oral communicator 
  • Very strong collaborator: ask questions, follow direction, offer and receive feedback 
  • Strong research skills: analytical, critical thinking  

Location: Mostly remote, optional in-person days at 924 G St NW, Washington, DC

Majors or Focus: Social Work, English, Communications, History, Philosophy, Liberal Arts

The ESOL Summer Intern will prepare for and teach a 5-week English for Speakers of Other Languages course for adult learners. Interns will research and compile additional course teaching materials for ESOL teachers to use year-round, help recruit and register new students for the courses, and maintain the data on student attendance and participation. Interns will have the opportunity to learn how to develop a curriculum, teach a class, and grow their understanding of nonprofit management.


Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Interest in teaching adults 
  • Fluent in English
  • Access to a computer and cell phone  

Location:  Virtual OR St. Martin of Tours  (201 South Frederick Rd, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877)

Majors: Public health, business analytics, other applicable majors

The Summer Intern for the Health Care Services team will fill an administrative role on the team to ensure the completion of several key projects.  The intern will develop an Operation Manuals for training staff on different processes and will update workflows to improve customer service across the HCS Clinics. The intern will learn how to work with multidisciplinary teams, develop procedures, and oversee staff.

Successful applicants for this summer internship placement will possess the following skills:

  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Experience in writing policies and procedures
  • Willingness to learn
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  •  Zoom
  • Canvas (Optional)

Location: Hybrid: Virtual and in person. See commuting frequency below.

  • Spanish Catholic Center Dental Clinic: 1618 Monroe Street NW Washington D.C. 20010 (Once or twice a month).
  • Catholic Charities Center Dental and Medical Clinic: 12247 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD. 20910. (Once a week)
  • Susan Mona Center: 5859 Allentown Way Temple Hills, MD. 20748. (Once a month)


Majors or Focus: Nursing, Public Health, or related fields

The Summer Intern for the Quality Assurance team will fill an administrative role on the team to ensure the completion of several key projects.  The intern will develop a Risk Management Plan for the department, as well as work on data visualization projects for local hospitals. The intern will learn how to work with multidisciplinary teams, develop procedures, and analyze data. 

Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Experience in data analytics
  • Willingness to learn

Location: Remote

Majors or Focus: Social Work, Spanish, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts 

The Strong Families Initiative Summer Intern will update the program’s parent and youth curriculum in English and Spanish, research resources for clients and create informational flyers, brainstorm ideas for youth programming, curriculum, and outings, and connect with past clients. The Summer Intern will have the option to participate in the youth circles as well.

Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Proficient in Spanish and English (fluency preferred) 
  • Culturally competent with the Latino community 
  • Proficiency with the Office 365 suite
  • Access to personal computer and cell phone 

Location: Remote, with in-person option 1 day a week at Catholic Charities Center (12247 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD)

Majors or Focus: Open to any who would like to learn more about volunteer management and engagement

The intern for the Volunteer Engagement Office will assist with the planning and execution of volunteer projects and other special events, conduct a research project, communicate with potential and current volunteers, and help manage the volunteer database. Through this experience the intern will learn the basics of volunteer management, how to organize a project, and how to collaborate with team members across the agency.

Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Team player
  • Previous experience working with databases a plus, but not required
  • Attention to detail
  • Public speaking

Location: mostly remote, optional Wednesdays in the office @ 924 G St NW Washington DC (near the Gallery Place and Metro Center stations)

Majors or Focus: Criminal justice or social justice majors preferred but not required  

The Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP) – Transitional Housing Intern will shadow intake process for new clients, develop an orientation program for new clients, carry out initial screenings of new clients and ensure applications are ready for processing, build relationships with clients, listening to them and answering their questions, and respond to questions and requests from clients quickly and efficiently. Interns will be part of developing a new transitional housing program for returning citizens, learn about the criminal legal system and barriers to returning to society after incarceration, and understand the administrative process for managing a nonprofit program.

Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Access to a computer and cell phone to use during volunteering 
  • Strong desire to work with returning citizens 
  • Interested in helping create a program 
  • Friendly, compassionate, and patient 
  • Experience with social work and/or social service preferred but not required 
  • Experience developing and/or leading trainings 

Location: Remote 3-4 days per week, In Person (1-2 days a week) at 924 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Majors or Focus: Criminal justice strongly preferred

Welcome Home Reentry Program (WHRP) – Mentoring Interns will assist in preparing mentee and mentor files, research best practices for mentor engagement, develop and facilitate a training curriculum for mentors, provide administrative support for the Pentor Program, call mentees weekly or biweekly to check progress and offer support, and help with recruitment activities to find new mentors. The intern will play a vital role in improving and enhancing the services provided to returning citizens. They will help improve the communication between mentors and mentees and provide needed trainings for mentors so they can better serve their mentees. 

Characteristics of successful candidates:

  • Access to a computer and cell phone to use during volunteering 
  • Strong desire to work with returning citizens 
  • Organized 
  • Comfortable calling new people and talking on the phone
  • Must be sincere, compassionate, and have a passion for helping others 
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 

Location: Hybrid preferred, 1-2 days in person at The Bridge Program (5001 Silver Hill Rd, Suitland, MD) and at 924 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001; 3-4 days remote