How do I apply?

Please visit EpiscopalServiceCorps.org. where you will find an online application. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the NYIP Coordinator, Sarah Nazimova-Baum ("Contact Us" page).

When do I apply?

We urge applicants to have their materials to us as soon as possible, starting December 1st. Typically applications continue to arrive through early April, and we complete admissions decisions by mid April, for the following August start date. Occasionally we can still accept applications in the late Spring and Summer. Please contact Sarah Nazimova-Baum for further info.

I am not a United States citizen. Am I eligible?

Meeting visa requirements can be very difficult, especially pertaining to one-year commitments like NYIP. Applicants need to have guaranteed clearance.

How do interns spend their time? How much free time is there?

Interns generally work M-F, 9-5 or 10-6, from the beginning of September through mid-August. The NYIP year includes an Orientation and four Retreats, which take place in beautiful, restful and inspiring locations. In addition to whatever holidays/sick time the worksite agency grants, NYIP offers interns ten personal/vacation days to use as necessary throughout the year, in cooperation with the worksite’s schedule. We understand that most professional positions entail some overtime. We ask our worksites to ensure that overtime doesn’t exceed 10-15 hours a month on average.

Interns are engaged in community-building and spiritually formative activities a few evenings a week and some weekend days, with clergy, congregational leaders, community mentors and NYIP staff. Interns also participate in worship and outreach activities based in both church and neighborhood. In addition to group activities, interns have one-to-one meetings with NYIP staff to discuss and explore their experiences and leadings.

Regarding their intentional community, interns collaborate on dinners, community meetings, shared spirituality and worship, and group outings.  It is integral to NYIP’s learning goals that interns have the freedom and support to explore New York City’s amazing range of events and opportunities. Nevertheless, NYIP is not the right choice for people primarily looking for a convenient way to spend a year in New York City. The internship year makes serious demands on interns’ time, energy and attention – and it is designed to deeply engage their hearts, minds and spirits!

How are worksites chosen?

We suggest matches based on interns’ goals and experience. Then there is an interview between the intern and the agency, by phone or Skype if the applicant can’t travel to NYC. This worksite interview is also an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions and explore that prospective position.

Do I have to be Episcopal? Am I expected to proselytize?

No. We accept applicants of all faiths and uncertain or no faith. NYIP is based in active and vibrant Harlem churches, and we are looking for interns who will derive meaning and inspiration from that context.

Most of our worksites have no religious affiliation. St. Mary’s and Intercession are multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual congregations, host to an extraordinary array of community action and expression. Interns share in this abundance and opportunity, to learn about how faith animates and sustains the fight for justice and human dignity. The meaning an intern derives from the entire year’s experience is guided and shaped by the intern’s own values.

What are NYIP’s religious practices?

The opportunity to share in the parish lives of Intercession and St. Mary’s is foundational to NYIP. Both faith communities have historic records of working for justice, inspired and upheld by their faith and shared life in the Holy Spirit. NYIP interns come home to communities animated by parish leaders striving to enact a vision of God’s kingdom through the everyday miracles of caring and outreach.

Interns attend Sunday morning worship, and spiritual practices are woven into all NYIP meetings. Exploring and joining outreach activities at the churches help interns discern their own call to service.

Spirituality is further deepened through weekly worship led by and shared among the interns, communal dinners between the two intern households, theological reflection during Retreats, a monthly theology Book Club, monthly sharing stories and dinner with parish members at Peace of Pizza, and attending Wednesday evening services at allied Episcopal parishes in Harlem throughout Lent. In addition, several events each year connect NYIP interns with other young adults serving in similar programs throughout the region.

NYIP has a partnership with the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary a historic training center for spiritual directors. Every NYIP intern can be matched with an experienced spiritual direction student for regular meetings.

What is intentional community?

NYIP is founded on the idea that deeply-considered engagement in diverse relationships is the basis for life-changing growth. That begins in the intern apartments, as individuals get to know each other and work collaboratively to create a home. Interns live together thoughtfully, and share the joys as well as the challenges of being together.

As might be expected, people who start out as strangers do not instantaneously become friends. Every year NYIP consists of deep, sincere individuals engaged in a process of learning about others and themselves. Meaningful, trustworthy community emerges from a willingness to be surprised and transformed as the year’s experiences are shared.

To foster this, the staff of NYIP, St. Mary’s and Intercession provide an array of supportive and formational activities, designed to deepen interns’ understanding and also lift up the blessings and gifts within and among us.

What is it like to live in Harlem?

Harlem is a neighborhood of contrasts. Perhaps the best way to depict it here is to describe what you would see upon traveling to St. Mary’s. You would get out of the 1 train (“the Broadway local”) at the125th Street stop. After leaving the subway, if you look to the right you will see the stately, beautiful buildings of Columbia University and Riverside Church. In front of you are enormous brick apartment buildings of a public housing project. To the left is 125th Street, Harlem’s “Main Street.” Along 125th Street and its side streets, within a 3-block walk you will see a check-cashing place and a large bank, a supermarket and a small bodega, a hardware store, the MLK pharmacy, a barber shop/beauty salon, a laundromat, a fitness center/gym, a 99-cent store, a church and day-care center, a public library, fast food restaurants, a pizzeria, a taco joint, a soup/natural foods restaurant, a Columbia University neighborhood outreach storefront and a live chicken market.

If you walk one block north to 126th Street, you will see another large public housing project on the corner. Make a right down that street. On the way to St. Mary’s you will pass a city health clinic and then a beautiful playground with bright green jungle-gyms and a sprinkler in the summer. Across the street, there is a large police station, and next to that an AIDS Residence and Day Program founded by St. Mary’s. Farther down the street are a public swimming pool and a handball court.

In the middle of the block is St. Mary’s: a yellow clapboard house attached to an old brick church, surrounded by trees. There’s a garden out front, with picnic tables that on most days are piled with clothes for an ongoing, informal used-clothing exchange that St. Mary’s runs. Monday through Friday there’s a homeless drop-in center in St. Mary’s basement, and clients are often sitting on the steps outside. Our front door is usually open. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hi!