Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Center for Spiritual Care
450 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617/632-3908
Fax: 617/582-7177
Web address: http://www.dana-farber.org/spirituality
Email: larisa_waya@dfci.harvard.edu

Contact Person:

Larisa Waya

Organization Description:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Chaplain Intern Program. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a comprehensive cancer center and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The Dana-Farber is a world leader in cancer research and treatment for children and adults. An interdisciplinary team of professionals upholds its mission statement, "Dedicated to Discovery ... Committed to Care".

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

Chaplain Interns provide spiritual care to patients, families and staff. They will have the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary health care team in addressing the spiritual, emotional and ethical issues that arise as a result of serious illness. Key components of the program will be spiritual ministry to people in crisis, developing listening skills and theological reflection. Chaplain interns are expected to minister to people of their own and other religious traditions in ways congruent with the religious traditions of those persons seeking spiritual care.

Commute/Transportation Information:

Students can take the M2 shuttle from Lamont Library to the Longwood Medical area.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Preaching and Worship


Weekly individual and group supervision; verbatims and reflection papers. 12-15 hours per week during the academic year; 40 hours per week during summer ten-week program.

Day and night on-call responsibilities at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Additional Information:

  • Number of Students: 4
  • Total Compensation: $6000.00
  • Type of Compensation: Work Study
  • Additional Notes: Dana-Farber can accommodate 4 students during the academic year and 2-3 for the summer program. Students must be Work Study eligible. This program requires 350-400 on-site hours which exceeds the basic field education requirements. Application Process -- Dana-Farber website: www.dana-farber.org/spirituality .

    Please note that this site will not be available until academic year 2021-22.

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