Summer Internship

Priority Application Deadline: February 1 (But don’t worry if you miss the deadline; we accept applications on a rolling basis until all of our summer staff is hired!)

Project Transformation’s summer internship program for young adults offers hands-on opportunities to build mutually enriching relationships with children and families, live in intentional community, experience cultural and socio-economic diversity, and explore various careers in ministry and service.

Applicants must have completed one year of college or be at least 18 years old, and must have the legal right to work in the U.S.

Competitive applicants for the Internship Program will:

  • Desire to serve love and serve others
  • Be highly motivated self-starters
  • Believe in laughter, dancing, and life beyond comfort zones
  • Get excited about new people and experiences
  • Be dedicated to living in community with other young adults
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Are willing to sit with the unknown
  • Be open-minded
  • Want to harness their skills to make an impact
  • Have hope for a better world

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 a seven-week summer day camp for ~50 elementary children per site. Sites are located in churches in the heart of low-income communities. Components of the program include: a one-on-one reading program, arts enrichment, music, recreational activities, science projects, and other activities in which the gifts and talents of the interns can be shared with the children.

I have learned that God can do things that people can’t imagine.
- 5th Grade Participant

Community Living
An integral component of Project Transformation’s summer internship is the opportunity to live in intentional community throughout the internship experience. Interns live in community in the greater Portland area with other young adult interns, while experiencing daily life in a diverse community. While living in community, interns will participate in morning devotions, discussions on the intersections of faith in your life, share in meals, and contribute to each other’s personal well-being. Interns are encouraged to participate in social activities and build relationships with other members of the community.

Ministry Exploration
On Fridays, interns are exposed to various vocational opportunities in service or ministry through guest speakers, field trips, and interactions with lay and ordained church leaders. Other Friday experiences include giving back through volunteer service at places such as food banks, Habitat for Humanity, or other service-oriented ministries and non-profits.

Spiritual Development
Project Transformation invests in the spiritual development of each intern, opening their eyes to the needs and opportunities for ministry. The program emphasizes the importance of community through creative worship, sharing meals together, and opportunities for dialogue. The interns participate in weekly worship as well as brief morning devotions each day before heading to the program sites. Interns are encouraged to examine their personal beliefs through intellectual and spiritual dialogue. As a United Methodist-affiliated organization, Project Transformation believes in the diversity of religious expressions and will not discriminate those who believe in different ways, practice other faiths, or identify as non-religious. Our Staff is committed to encouraging healthy dialogue and participation.

Church Involvement
Interns are required to attend their site church twice; once at the beginning of the summer and once at the end for commissioning and sending forth services. However, interns are encouraged to participate in worship at their site church with their team as often as they feel comfortable. 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 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.


The dates for this service experience are June 12-August 12, 2019. This includes one week of pre-program training and seven weeks of day camp.

  • Young adults will live in community in housing provided through Project Transformation. Dinners will be provided from Sunday through Thursday evenings.
  • During their summer of service, interns cannot have commitments outside of Project Transformation, such as summer school or a part-time job.
  • Sunday through Thursdays, interns must attend nightly dinners that are prepared by partner churches in order to share the summer service experience with partnering volunteers. One night per week, the interns participate in a group worship time.
  • 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 United Methodist institutions.
  • Each week, Project Transformation interns may attend their site church to connect with the host congregation and families in the community.
  • 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.

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 are 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.

Time Off
Friday afternoon – Sunday evenings each weekend.

$1,750 living stipend + room and board per intern. Leadership team members receive a $2,000 living stipend.

Application Procedure
Applicants should apply online. A personal resume and contact information for 3 references are required to complete the application.

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