Residential Ministry Internship


Reporting to the Chief Program Officer and working directly with the program staff, the Residential Ministry Intern will offer support to maintain the Amirah safe home and be a positive presence in the lives of program participants. This position involves direct care for the women who are working through their program as they journey from exploitation to liberation, providing the necessary coverage of a safe presence in the home during the overnight hours while also being involved in daytime activities.



  • Be a presence in the home that the women can turn to while staff is not there should something come up – in the night or early morning hours.

  • During an emergency within the home, have the discernment to know when to call the staff member on call and/or the police or other emergency personnel.

  • If on call during medication times, prepare and distribute medications to program participants (training is given for this).

  • Attend weekly staff meeting.

  • Coordinate schedule and rotation of nights on-call with other Residential Ministry Intern

  • Work specific hours during the day where you are offering support to the program and survivors in their program activities

  • Model life in community with program participants by cleaning up after yourself, taking care of specific areas within the home assigned to RMIs, etc.

  • Exemplify unconditional love along with boundaries towards the program participants

  • Follow policies and protocols as instructed by Program Staff



  • Follower of Christ and committed to His church

  • Commitment to schedule and time frame of internship

  • Friendly personality and ability to interact with a variety of personalities, backgrounds and experiences

  • Willingness to love unconditionally and put the needs of the women in recovery in the safe home above oneself and having patience

  • Ability to interact with women who have significant trauma, mental health recovery and addiction recovery – offering them grace and having patience

  • Calming presence

  • Must be a female over the age of 20

  • Have a current drivers license


During your internship, you will work in shifts with the other Residential Ministry Intern to offer overnight coverage (typically starting at 9pm through 8am). Time commitment is for three to four nights a week along with 20-hours during the week of daytime activity.

This internship will last for a minimum of 6-months and a maximum of 1-year. We are willing to consider re-applications after a respite of 1-year.


There is no expectation that you stay awake during the overnight hours. In fact, it is expected you will sleep during this time. During the night, if there is any sort of disturbance, call the program staff member who is on call (or if needed the police or other emergency personnel), and they will deal directly with the emergency. These emergencies are few and far between and not a common occurrence. Most Residential Ministry Interns sleep the night through undisturbed.

In the morning hours, you may need to prepare and distribute the medication for the Program Participants before the first volunteer or staff member arrives for the day.

Each week, you will coordinate 20-hours of interning during the day where you are connecting with the program participants and offering support to the program. These hours will be coordinated with the Program Staff in advance each week and could potentially be on the weekends or in the evening hours.

We expect that this home will be your home for your time with us. Please eat community meals with the rest of the community and be a part of the life of the home. We do offer times of respite and opportunities to sleep away on a monthly basis.

This is not a paid internship, we expect that if you are applying you would raise support to come have this experience, similar to a short-term missions trip.

Funds to consider raising:
•    Vehicle, gas, insurance
•    Cellphone service
•    Personal insurance (health, etc.)
•    Weekly food (Amirah will provide 4-5 weekly dinners that you can be a part of)
•    Basic needs that might come up (medical supplies, clothing, etc.)


Please email your resume, cover letter and three references (personal, pastoral, and professional reference) to Heather Thornburg at


Amirah, Inc.
10 Tower Office Park, Ste 413
Woburn, MA  01801
Phone: 1-781-462-1758
Fax: 1-978-969-3511
Amirah is a 501(c)3 with EIN #27-1214049.
© 2019 Amirah, Inc

We are grateful for the partnership of the Women's Fund of Essex County as we work together to promote solutions for survivors of sexual exploitation.