Teaching Communities Internships

The Teaching Communities internship program is forming a new generation of leaders for Christian reconciliation ministry through providing summer-long internships for Duke Divinity School M.Div. students who are discerning a call to reconciliation-focused ministry in the church, community, or academy. The program, inaugurated in 2006 in partnership with the Office of Field Education, immerses interns in the life of in exemplary communities of reconciliation practice. Interns live and worship in their host community while working and learning under the supervision and mentorship of seasoned reconciliation practitioners. 

Summer internship dates: Late May-Early August
Application Deadline: Late January

“Joseph’s House sits precariously between life and death, each day trying to fully embrace both aspects of our humanity. I often feel off-balance in trying to maintain this balance. It is unsettling to be confronted with the inadequacy of our words and the clumsiness of our actions, to realize that we are dust and to dust we will return. But what is the process of becoming a theologian about, if not to teach us to recognize and live into our true neediness as beloved creatures of God?”

—Nathan Rauh, M.Div. ’12 on his summer experience at Joseph’s House supported by The Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., a hospice for homeless people with AIDS and other critical illnesses

Internship Sites

Church of the Saviour, Washington, D.C.

Over the past 50 years, this ecumenical Christian community has birthed a network of organizations addressing issues of poverty and injustice in the diverse Adams-Morgan neighborhood. Each of their 12 small churches emphasize a commitment to an outward journey of mission and service and an inward journey of deepening one’s relationship with God through a disciplined life of prayer, scripture study, and commitment to Christian fellowship.

Reality Ministries, Durham, N.C.

Reality Ministries is a community-based inter-church youth ministry organization committed to helping adolescents live into the loving presence and life-changing reality of Jesus Christ. The Reality Center, located in downtown Durham, is designed to be a safe place where all people are valued and accepted equally. Through mentoring relationships, the Reality Center seeks to create opportunities for teens and adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship, and growth.

New Song Urban Ministries & Church, Baltimore, Md.

New Song Urban Ministries is grounded in a worshiping community and focused on addressing concentrated and enduring poverty in 15 blocks of the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore. More than 80 staff, mostly from the surrounding neighborhood, live in the community and work together on efforts such as New Song Academy (K-8 public school with 130 students) and Sandtown Habitat for Humanity. Black and white, affluent and poor, urban and suburban staff and volunteers work closely together to break down barriers.

L’Arche Greater Washington, Washington, D.C.

One of the sixteen communities within L’Arche USA, L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. was founded in 1983. L’Arche provides safe housing, support services, and advocacy for the people with intellectual disabilities (core members) who live in the L’Arche homes. The core members are low-income residents of the D.C. area, and come from a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds. At the heart of L’Arche are family-like homes in which people with and without intellectual disabilities live together.

LaSalle Street Church, Chicago, Ill.

LaSalle Street Church is an intentionally diverse and ecumenical Christian community committed to holistic ministry in Chicago. In a highly diverse socioeconomic community—the wealthy Gold Coast on one side and the neighborhood that was once home to Cabrini Green, a huge public-housing complex, on the other—LaSalle Street Church reaches out to all members of its community. LaSalle Street Church is committed to living out Christ in the world and also emphasizes music and the arts.

Neighborhood Ministries, Phoenix, Ariz.

Founded in 1982, Neighborhood Ministries offers outreach and empowerment programs through which it seeks to relate Christ’s love to the most basic needs of the Phoenix community. Their work is focused on children and families and includes crisis services, community services, youth programs, and leadership development. Bi-weekly community worship services are held at The Church at The Neighborhood Center. Out of their love for neighbors and friends who are undocumented immigrants, Neighborhood Ministries community members advocate for immigration reform.

To learn more about the Teaching Communities Internships or to get an application, contact Dayna Olson-Getty.