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Chautauqua Catholic Community

20 Palestine Ave, PO Box 106, Chautauqua, NY 14722


International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons

34 Vincent Ave, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY 14722

Learn & Discern Internship Program


Chautauqua Catholic Community Hospitality Summer Internship

Goal:  Engage guests in Catholic House friendship through social events, lecture events, worship services, the website, and business operations.

  • Welcome new guests and assist with luggage on Saturday afternoons.
  • Assist Social Chair for Tuesday afternoon house socials and special events.
  • Serve as Sacristan for daily masses (sometimes weekends).
  • Assist with website updates and electronic room lottery process.
  • Assist Treasurer in weekly QuickBooks accounting activities.

Internship Program and Place

The Chautauqua Catholic Community (CCC or The Catholic House) ( is the Roman Catholic denominational house on the Grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.  For the 9 weeks of the Chautauqua season, CCC provides below-market accommodations for up to twelve individuals attending Institution programming; sponsors two priest chaplains weekly who celebrate daily and weekend Masses; sponsors weekly community “Socials”, seminars and other events; and fosters the overall spiritual, social and intellectual well-being of the Roman Catholic community on the Grounds.

The International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons ( is a nondenominational, Christian service organization whose mission includes spiritual and career discernment and development of young adults at the Chautauqua Institution since 1920.

The Chautauqua Institution (, NY, is a festival for the mind, body, and spirit where we listen, learn, and lead.  Over 100,000 people make up this summer community of curious minds and open hearts.  David McCullough, renowned historian author, describes Chautauqua saying, “There is no place like it. It is at once a summer encampment and a small town, a college campus, an arts colony, a music festival, a religious retreat and the village square.”

CCC, IOKDS and the Chautauqua Institution believe deeply in the value of life-long learning and holistic development of individuals.

Internship Opportunity

This internship will be jointly sponsored by CCC and IOKDS.  The Intern selected for this role will be housed and fed at IOKDS (along with 5-7 other IOKDS Interns), but will spend most of their working time at the Catholic House.  The Intern will report to both the CCC House Hosts and the IOKDS Program Director.

Live in the culturally rich environment of the Chautauqua Institution with many “off-hours” opportunities to engage in recreation, entertainment, the arts, and religion. It’s a “workation!”

If you are interested in making a difference in the nonprofit world, this internship will offer you a sense of inter-generational community like no other.  If you are a team player, this internship provides you opportunities to collaborate with volunteers and other interns.  If you have diverse interests and can see yourself jumping in to learn and discern, this internship is for you.

Likely projects could include:
(Project responsibilities vary each year based on Intern’s skills and interests as well as CCC needs.)

  • Hospitality Functions:
    • Serve as an assistant to the Social Chair for the Tuesday afternoon Denominational House Socials and for other social events.
    • Engage resident guests in a friendly and helpful fashion to make them feel welcome
    • Greet new residents on Saturday afternoons, assist with luggage where necessary and participate in weekly orientation sessions
    • Circulate, aggregate and analyze customer service surveys each week
  • Support of Worship Services: Serve as Sacristan for daily (and sometimes weekend) masses
  • Non-profit Marketing Functions:
    • Develop and implement publicity/marketing activities for twice weekly priest lectures
    • Develop overall marketing plan for CCC and present to CCC Board of Directors during the Week 3/4 meeting
  • Technology & Not for Profit Management Functions:
    • To assist where necessary in the maintenance of the CCC website and suggest, where applicable, changes to its format.
    • Assist Registrar and Treasurer in developing fully electronic room lottery process
    • Assist Treasurer in weekly accounting activities, and in the process gain familiarity with the QuickBooks small business accounting platform
  • Miscellaneous Assignments
    • Attend two CCC Board meetings to learn how Not for Profit Management works. Be prepared to make presentations to the Board on assigned topics and to present written reports upon request.
    • Attend assigned lectures designed to broaden the Intern’s Chautauqua experience
    • Interview individuals upon assignment with the purpose of broadening the Intern’s Chautauqua experience.
    • Attend assigned meetings to broaden the intern’s Chautauqua experience.
    • Submit to the CCC board within one week of completing the internship a 500 word statement on the topic “What Chautauqua and CCC has meant to me.”

Who are we looking for?

  • Discerning critical thinker intent on their own spiritual journey and the journey of people of differing faiths and ages
  • A student with excellent organization skills that can take direction and then independently carry out tasks
  • A student with a heightened level of curiosity who is willing to engage socially with other people.
  • Undergraduate having completed a minimum of one upper level course in their career field such as a major or minor in religious studies, theology, nonprofit development, or writing intensive study such as journalism, English, communications, and marketing.
  • Public speaking and writing skill competency

Details of the role

  • 180 hours total beginning June 14, 2021.
  • 30 hours/week. Flexibility of daily schedule.
  • June 14 – June 18 Virtual Orientation (Zoom Conferencing)
  • Intern will use their own computer for data collection and file generation; flash drive provided
  • Unpaid; however, Chautauqua Institution gate pass for admission to most events, housing, and food allowance are provided (a $3800 value). Upon completion of internship, opportunity to apply for a $1000 scholarship award.

Educational/Career Benefits

  • Informal access to network with business professionals and clergy on the Chautauqua Institution grounds;
  • Opportunity to gain academic credit from your college/university with weekly, mentored career development seminars provided by IOKDS;
  • Additional educational components include:
    • Attend two morning lectures given at the Chautauqua Institution’s national platform and two afternoon lectures given by the Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion. Attend one offering concerning Chautauqua’s diversity mission. Write a reflection of each lecture.
    • Interview with the Department of Religion’s Vice President or Director, or Chaplain of the Week for the Chautauqua Institution with prepared questions; written summary of interview.

It’s best to apply today!  (No later than April 1, 2021)

  • Submit cover email telling us what you have to offer and what you hope to gain along with your resume.
  • If completing internship for academic credit, send a goals and objectives statement, so we can make sure this opportunity aligns with your requirements.