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Summer Internship

Project Transformation’s faith-based summer internship program for young adults offers hands-on opportunities to build mutually enriching relationships with children, live in intentional community, experience cultural and socio-economic diversity, and explore various careers in ministry and service.
There are five primary components to the Project Transformation internship experience:

Day Camp
During the summer program, Project Transformation interns work in teams to implement an eight-week summer day camp for 50 to 80 elementary children. Sites are located in churches in communities experiencing marginalization. Components of the program include: a one-on-one reading program, Bible lessons, arts, music, recreation, and other activities in which the gifts and talents of the interns can be shared with the children.

Intentional Community
An integral component of Project Transformation’s summer internship is the opportunity to build community and relationships throughout the internship experience. Interns experience daily life in a diverse, Christ-centered community. Interns are encouraged to participate in social activities and build relationships with other members of the community.

The thing that had the biggest impact on me was the relationships I built both with interns and the children. They made me feel so loved and important.
- Summer Intern

Vocational Exploration
Each Friday, interns are exposed to various vocational opportunities in service or ministry through guest speakers, field trips, and interactions with lay and ordained church or community leaders.

Spiritual Development
Project Transformation invests in the spiritual development of each intern, emphasizing the importance of community. The interns participate in weekly intern-led worship as well as brief morning devotions each day before heading to the program sites. Interns are encouraged to examine their personal beliefs through small group discussions

Church Involvement
Each Sunday, interns participate in worship at their host church with their team. This is an opportunity to connect the church family to the program and its families so that sustainable relationships are established during the summer. Beyond this, interns may help connect partner churches with the program by recruiting volunteers to read with the children that attend the day camp, collecting supplies for the program, and sharing the stories of their experience.

Specifics
Dates of the 2022 service experience are expected to begin late May and run through July. This includes pre-program training and eight weeks of day camp. Please note dates may be adjusted.

  • During their summer of service, interns cannot have commitments outside of Project Transformation, such as summer school or a part-time job.
  • On Fridays, the interns explore vocations in ministry and service through field trips and dialogue with lay and ordained leadership of various partnering non-profit organizations, businesses, and churches.
  • At least once during the summer, the intern may speak to one of Project Transformation’s partner churches about the summer service experience – this could be to a Sunday school group, the congregation, youth group, or other community partner.

Interns must have completed one year of college or be at least 19 years old, and must have the legal right to work in the U.S.
Competitive applicants for the internship program will:

  • Be highly motivated, self-starters
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Enjoy working with children and/or youth
  • Be open-minded
  • Have a desire to love and serve others
  • Be flexible
  • Be dedicated to building relationships with other young adults.

In many ways working with Project Transformation in the summer program exceeds participating in a summer job and crosses into a summer life. The time expectations can be great, but the potential for personal rewards that come from this kind of commitment is even greater. While much is expected of each intern, much is given in return in the form of love from the kids, support, and fun from living in a community, and the energy created by exploring your own personal potential to impact the world around you.

Compensation
Approximately $4,000, including room and board

Application Procedure
Applicants should apply online. Contact information for 3 references is required to complete the application.  After your application is received, you will be contacted by Project Transformation staff to schedule an interview.
When possible, Project Transformation seeks to partner with the home churches of our interns.  To understand ways to partner with your home church should you be selected, review the Partner Church Letter of Commitment and be prepared to speak to your pastor or mission leader.

Application Opening & Deadline

Applications will open on December 1st and the priority deadline is February 1.

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