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Tufts University Chaplaincy

Goddard Chapel
3 The Green
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-3427
Fax: (617) 627-3555
Web address:

Contact Person(s):

Rev. Gregory William McGonigle

Organization Description:

The Tufts University Chaplaincy is a dynamic hub supporting religious, spiritual, ethical, and cultural life for all members of the Tufts community on all of Tufts’ three campuses. The University Chaplaincy provides pastoral care, supports religious and philosophical communities, educates about spiritual and ethical issues in society and the world, and promotes multifaith engagement within Tufts’ tradition of progressive thought in education. Reporting to the President, the University Chaplain leads the University Chaplaincy team, which currently includes four associate chaplains (Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant); administrative, program, and music staff; chaplain interns; and student workers. The University Chaplaincy works with roughly 20 campus religious and philosophical communities that offer over 18 weekly gatherings and many special programs. Beyond its work in supporting these communities, the University Chaplaincy offers its own tradition-specific and interfaith programming and services for the whole university. The department also manages the care and use of Goddard Chapel, the Granoff Family Hillel Center, and the Interfaith Center.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

Reporting to the University Chaplain, the Chaplaincy Intern will assist with the University Chaplaincy’s programs and services, seeking to increase campus involvement in religious, philosophical, and interfaith life and further its integration within the university community. The Chaplaincy Intern will gain hands-on experience in multifaith university chaplaincy work and collaborate with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff to advance Tufts’ academic mission in the area of religious, philosophical, and interfaith life.

Under the direction of the University Chaplain, the Chaplaincy Intern will support and help to develop the department’s core interfaith programming, including the Interfaith Student Council, CAFÉ, and their activities, which may include vigils and celebrations, educational programming and dialogues, service and social justice projects, and arts and music initiatives. The Chaplaincy Intern will assist in outreach efforts to various university constituencies and help to build intersectional relationships with campus and community partners. They may also offer tradition-specific programming connected to their own tradition or practice. The Chaplaincy Intern may take on special projects such as designing retreats, trainings, exhibits, field trips, breaks trips, conferences, or helping to launch new initiatives. The Chaplaincy Intern will assist with communications and administration, mentor student leaders and workers, and may provide limited pastoral care. In doing so, they will gain a broad knowledge of all aspects of multifaith university chaplaincy.

To provide the best exposure to the breadth of university chaplaincy work, this position is designed to run for the Tufts academic year. Ideally, the Chaplaincy Intern would start in late August or early September and would work 10-12 hours per week (inclusive of supervision and local travel). The internship may require evening, weekend, and potentially holiday religious work/service. Availability and prompt responsiveness by phone and email are of great importance. Vacations/time away should ideally be scheduled during Tufts’ academic recesses.

Basic requirements include: excellent communications and interpersonal skills; energy, enthusiasm, and initiative; background in interfaith work and commitment to diversity and social justice; organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment; availability and responsiveness; thoroughness and attention to detail; collaborative leadership style and understanding of a student empowerment approach; mentoring and program planning skills; strong computing skills, especially for outreach purposes; and commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics.

Applicants with backgrounds in traditions not currently represented among the chaplaincy team and/or interest in the intersections of religions and philosophies with race/ethnicity are especially encouraged to apply.

Commute/Transportation Information:

During the academic year, Tufts operates a shuttle service (Joseph’s Transportation bus or “the Joey") between Davis Square (a Red Line T stop) and the Medford/Somerville campus. The Joey can be tracked on the web or by mobile phone.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development


The Chaplaincy Fellow will schedule a weekly one-on-one supervision meeting with University Chaplain. In addition, the Chaplaincy Fellow will be expected to attend Chaplaincy Team meetings on alternate weeks and Interfaith Student Council meetings on Thursday evenings.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $4000.00

Type of Compensation: direct pay from site

Additional Notes:

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