SSJE Monastic Internship Program

Cambridge, MA

The Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist offer Internships for young adults (ordinarily 21-30) at the Monastery in Cambridge. Internships offer participants the opportunity to participate in the daily rhythm of prayer and work as lived by a contemporary monastic community of the Episcopal Church. Interns join the brothers in their daily worship and assist with various aspects of the ministry of hospitality. Interns engage in regular theological reflection guided by brothers and meet regularly with mentors from the SSJE community.

The SSJE’s Internship program is designed for those who:

  • desire a time of vocational discernment or spiritual reflection that is slightly “off the beaten path”
  • wish to offer themselves for a time of ministry or service
  • may not feel called to monastic vows, but desire the experience of immersion and formation in a monastic community for a season of life.

Internships are ordinarily from September 1 through May 30. Participants are provided full room and board, health insurance (if needed) and a monthly allowance of $100 for incidental expenses. Internships are open to both young men and women.

The SSJE’s Monastic Internship Program is a member of the Episcopal Service Corps, a federation of young adult service programs across the United States.     To apply for admission to the Monastic Internship Program or to learn about other Internship opportunities, visit the ESC website at:


A Full & Balanced Life in Community

A primary focus of the Internship program at the Monastery is a deepening of relationship with God through individual and corporate prayer and the rich liturgical life of the Brothers.  Also integral to the program is living in community alongside the Brothers and participating in their ministry of hospitality. The Monastery’s location offers possibilities for participating in other programs and ministries of the Episcopal Church as well as other non-profit organizations, as time allows.

Interns are ordinarily expected to participate fully in the liturgical life of the Monastery.  Regular attendance at services is presumed. Participation as acolytes, readers, or sacristy assistants may be possible. The Daily Office (Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline) is sung in traditional monastic style; Interns have assigned places “in choir” near the Brothers and join them for music and other liturgical rehearsals.

Typical daily schedule at the Monastery:

6:00-6:30 Morning Prayer (chapel)
6:30-7:30 Quiet time for prayer, study
7:45-8:15 Eucharist (chapel)
8:15-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-12:30 Work periods, meetings, free time*
12:30-12:50 Midday Prayer (chapel)
12:50-2:00 Midday meal and cleanup
2:00-6:00 Work periods, meetings, free time*
6:00-6:30 Evening Prayer (chapel)
6:30-7:30 Evening meal and cleanup
7:30-8:30 Work periods, meetings, free time*
8:30-8:50 Compline (chapel)

* these blocks of time accommodate work periods, meetings with mentors, classes and gatherings with other Interns, study time, music rehearsals, free time, etc.  Work periods are coordinated by the Interns Director and can involve a combination of hospitality work, household and foodservice assistance, gardening, and the SSJE’s ministry to young adults.

Mondays are Sabbath days for both Brothers and Interns. Two weeks may be taken for vacation or other purposes during the program, although all participants are required to be present for Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.

Each Intern is assigned a single room in Monastery Guesthouse.  Rooms are small, similar to the Brothers’ “cells”, and furnished with the basics (bed, linens, dresser, desk, chairs, sink, small closet). Since the Guesthouse is a place of silence and sanctuary for guests on retreat, Interns and Brothers living in the Guesthouse share the responsibility of maintaining quietness, especially when guests are in residence.  Personal guests of Interns may be met in the Monastery’s public areas, but not invited into the upper levels of the Guesthouse. The Monastery’s location in Harvard Square provides ample nearby venues for socializing.

The Monastic Internship Program is under the direction of the Interns Director, who oversees Interns’ schedules and coordinates work and study with the Brothers and Monastery employees. Each Intern is assigned a mentor from among the Brothers; Interns meet regularly with their mentors to discuss their experience of life in community, their study, their prayer life and other issues that arise. Interns meet regularly as a group for guided theological reflection and to discuss common concerns. In addition to the weekly Sabbath day (Mondays), Interns have one day each month for retreat.

The SSJE website will enable you to picture, hear, and read more about the life and ministry of the SSJE Brothers.

For more information please contact Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE at: