Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
Name of Organization: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
Address of Organization: 150 Kent Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2G 3R1
Contact Person: Human Resources Coordinator, Michelle Brenneman.
Email: Michelle Brenneman.
Work of organization: MCC is a relief, development and peace organization that responds to basic human needs and works for peace and justice, locally and globally. In Ontario, MCC's program areas include aboriginal neighbours, restorative justice, walking with people in poverty, refugees, Low German newcomers and also operates 14 thrift shops that support the work of MCC. Internationally MCC has programs and workers in more than 50 countries working in agriculture, community and economic development, health, education, and peace and justice.
Kinds of internships: There are a diversity of internships available; some are developed by local programs and others by the interests and skills of the prospective intern; some potential internships include women's community chaplaincy, Circles of Support and Accountability (restorative justice), refugee engagement strategies, TOOLS program assistant (Toronto urban immersion program), poverty researcher, and communications.
Desirable skills: Skills for the internship in Restorative Justice include ability to be a good listener; flexible; willing to take direction; good intuitive skills; able to work as part of a team/group as well as independently; some information about criminal justice system preferred; driver's license preferred; criminal background check will be required; ability to travel will be beneficial; and understanding of systems including criminal justice system desirable.
Skills applicable to internships with MCC in general include for flexibility, and a desire to walk alongside program participants, building their capacity rather than creating dependence; open to learning.
Number of internships: 6.
Location of internships: Kitchener, Toronto, St. Catharine's.
Duration of internships: 2 months to one year; one day/ week to full-time.
Costs: To and from placement is student's responsibility but may depend on placement.
Insurance: Covered under MCC's volunteer liability insurance.
Medical coverage: No.
Training: This will be dependent on the internship; local orientation provided to the work of MCC locally and globally; equity training provided yearly.
Volunteering: Yes, dependent on the program and location. MCC Ontario has opportunities within thrift shops and material resources as well as in front-line programs around the province.
Faith Statement: We believe in Jesus Christ, God's son, as the revelation of God as Saviour and Lord of all who accept Jesus Christ by faith. We believe that the Christian church is composed of those who commit themselves to live under Christ's lordship and to share with each other. Christian love is a central quality of the Christian faith and becomes the basis for our relationship with all people regardless of creed, ethnic origin, nationality, gender or political view. Our response to human conflict, injustice, war and racial tension is based on the biblical teachings of nonviolence. The service ministry of the Mennonite Central Committee is established as a positive expression of this understanding.
Worker recruitment and eligibility policies will include three key criteria: Christian statement of faith; membership and participation in a local Christian church; and a belief in peacemaking as a call of obedience to God's love of humankind. These elements are occupational qualifications necessary for carrying out MCC's programs.
The intern must abide by MCC's vision, mission and lifestyle expectations. Mennonite Central Committee shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.
For particular lifestyle expectations of MCC that interns would be expected to adhere to, see here.
Application Form:See here which has to be signed and returned to Cath Woolner, Human Resources Coordinator (above).
Deadline: Ongoing throughout the year.