Internship Program

The Enlightened Society Internship Program at Sharchen Dzong is an Intensive Leadership Training Based on the Principles of Shambhala.

In Shambhala, all of us are leaders–in our lives, our homes, our jobs, and our personal journeys. By working with our minds and hearts, and cultivating our sanity, we begin to transform our culture and create good human society. Leadership training in Shambhala has at it’s heart the aspiration to awaken our own bravery and compassion and learn to work with others with clarity, gentleness, and wisdom.

By awakening our own bravery and compassion and working with others we can bring tremendous benefit to this world.

This internship is a leadership training program emphasizing the path of profound service and community engagement. Interns sign up for three month periods, offering a minimum of fifteen hours of service to the center each month. In return they receive monthly leadership training workshops, a meditation instructor, a Shambhala mentor and free programs at the center.

What Makes This Internship Program Unique?
The purpose of this program is to train future leaders. It is specifically designed to launch an individual’s meditation practice, understanding of Shambhala Buddhist philosophy and culture, and personal transformation. Interns gain specific skills while giving back to the Shambhala Center in the form of volunteer hours, and in return receive a profound training in contemplative leadership.

How does it work?
As an intern you commit to a minimum of fifteen hours of community service to the center each month, and a weekly check-in and work period with your mentor. Additionally, we offer one Saturday training each month on the art of leadership. Interns commit to daily meditation practice, participation in community events like open houses, and a curriculum of ongoing study.

As an intern you receive mentoring and guidance on the path of service and leadership as well as free programs at the center.

Who is it for?
The internship program is for anyone interested in deepening their meditation practice, strengthening their leadership skills and contributing to creating an Enlightened Society. This can include recent graduates, students, and people in both personal and professional transitions. People with full-time jobs have found this program to inspire career growth and personal development.

Internship Training includes event staffing and hosting, program coordination, and department assistants such as Programs, Communication & Marketing, Membership, and Practice & Education.

Meditation and Study Each student receives one-on-one meditation instruction, and commits to a regular meditation practice. Study emphasizes the connection between the Shambhala teachings and service as path.

Leadership Training Sessions are taught by senior Bay Area Shambhala teachers and take place once a month around the San Francisco Bay Area.

The two key training programs are Inviting Magic: The Art of Leadership and Creating Brilliant Environments and Shambhala Lineage and History and Culture: Proclaiming Basic Goodness. You will be required to attend at these two programs:

Shambhala Lineage, History and Culture: Proclaiming Basic Goodness

Inviting Magic: The Art of Leadership and Creating Brilliant Environments

You are encouraged to attend as many additional Leadership Training sessions as possible.

What Participants Are Saying
Being a part of the internship program has enriched both my experience with the community and my practice. It opened up a new world of learning and conversation that I know will have an lifelong impact. The internship program is an intimate way to experience the Sangha, offering the opportunity to learn with and from one another.
~R

Being part of the internship program was a valuable experience. It allowed me to increase my volunteering opportunities at the Center. I became very comfortable with the group and working with the other interns, and we were able to work together to support the Center and learn more about its inner-workings. The leadership component, along with the mentoring of Cody and Mery, gave me confidence to apply the principles of Shambhala to the other areas of my life where I am a leader, and to approach those situations differently, and more thoughtfully than I had in the past.
~M

Interested?
To apply please send a letter of interest to our Center Director, Alex Van Gils, director [at] sfshambhala [dot] org