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Staff and Internships

Director, Sarah Johnson- Sarah joined the Steinbruck Center team in September of 2015, and now serves as the Program Director. Originally from Bath, Michigan, Sarah is a 2012 graduate of Central Michigan University, where she served as a board member and staffer for the Alternative Breaks program. After receiving her degree, Sarah spent a year as an AmeriCorps *VISTA where her work was focused on poverty awareness, capacity building, community partnerships, and service learning. Before coming to the Steinbruck Center, she completed a non-profit fellowship with Break Away, the national alternative breaks non-profit, in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah enjoys baking, playing trivia, and watching The West Wing, preferably all at the same time.


Bianca_LVCProgramming Director, Bianca Vazquez –Bianca Vazquez has been at the Steinbruck Center since August of 2011. In 2011, Bianca graduated with an interdisciplinary major in Sociology and Political Science from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD. During her time at Loyola, Bianca was active in Spring Break Outreach, Loyola’s Alternative Break Program. She participated in trips to Baltimore, MD, Biloxi, MS, and Pine Ridge Reservation, SD where she was exposed to the power of alternative breaks and allowing marginalized communities to become her teachers. She co-chaired the Alternative Break program for two years and after graduation worked full time in Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice to coordinate ten trips for over one hundred students. Bianca came to the Steinbruck Center as a Lutheran Volunteer Corps member and served for two years before transitioning to a permanent staff position. She is committed to facilitating transformative service and educational experiences for groups and reimagining what volunteering and community engagement can look like.


Part Time Volunteer, Emily Hicks– Emily joined the Steinbruck Center team in September of 2018 as a Young Adult Volunteer, a service core program through the Presbyterian Church USA. Originally born in Birmingham, Alabama but mostly grew up just north of Chicago. Emily attended college back in the south at Auburn University, earning a degree in interior design. Before coming to the Steinbruck Center, she worked for a commercial architecture firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Emily enjoys exploring new parts of DC, trying the best local food spots, and checking out too many library books. She is in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays helping with groups and special projects.


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Internship Opportunities

Part Time Interns – We accept part-time interns in both the fall and spring semesters. Interns must have availability for a minimum of ten hours per week, and can be receiving class credit for the internship. We have worked with interns with interests or concentration in business, social entrepreneurship, social work, sociology, political science, health and human services, English/writing, Spanish, and education. Interns can dedicate their time and energy to a specific project or ministry. Please contact Sarah Johnson at if you are interested in a part–time internship.

Full Time Interns (up to 3 months) – We accept full-time interns during the spring semester and during summers. Full-time spring and summer interns accompany groups to service sites, facilitate and develop educational programming, and support the Center’s social justice initiatives. Applicants do not need to be religiously affiliated, but would benefit from having worked or participated in some kind of service learning previously.  Please contact Sarah Johnson at if you are considering applying to a full-time internship.

Steinbruck Program Fellows — (6 months to 1 year) – The Steinbruck Center offers a unique opportunity for individuals who are looking to spend six months to a year learning and serving in our nation’s capital. Steinbruck Center Program Fellows are long-term volunteers that commit to 6 months to 1 year of service, where they work 35 hours a week in the Steinbruck Center. The Program Fellow responsibilities are split between hostel ministry hospitality, volunteer coordinating, and accompaniment. Fellows work with the Experiential Learning Coordinator to develop their job descriptions and are encouraged to grow spiritually, explore vocational discernment, and develop their passions during their stay.

Applications for internship are accepted on a rolling basis. Appointments vary in length and may be structured to meet an academic calendar. If you have questions or are considering applying, please contact Sarah Johnson at You will be asked to send by e-mail your resume, cover letter, and three references.

  • Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Direct Service
  • Critical Analysis
  • Reflection
  • Transformation