2020 Summer of Service Intern applications  are open. The priority deadline is January 15th. Apply early so your voice can be heard.

Summer Internship Experience

Project Transformation’s faith-based Summer of Service Experience for young adults offers hands-on opportunities to build mutually enriching relationships with children in low socioeconomic areas, live in intentional community, and explore various careers in ministry and service.

Applicants 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.

Are you up for this? PT is for you if:

  • You are a highly motivated self-starter
  • You believe in the power of diversity and open-mindedness
  • You love God and neighbor above all else
  • You believe in hearing others’ stories, owning your own story, and living beyond comfort zones
  • You believe in the silliness of childhood, creativity, smiles, and that “they are all our children”

There are five primary components to the Project Transformation service internship experience:

Day Camp
During the summer program, Project Transformation interns work in teams, implementing an eight-week summer day camp for 30 to 80 elementary children. Sites are located in churches in the heart of low-income communities in the San Antonio and Valley areas of Texas. Components of the program include: team building, games, Bible-lessons, one-on-one reading and literacy activities, recreation, art, health and wellness, brain-breaks, dance parties, and more. We intentionally open space for interns’ to share their joys, passions, and talents with the children.

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

Intentional Community Living
An integral component of Project Transformation’s summer of service internship is living in intentional community. Interns participate in an intentional community experience, living in a Christ-centered environment with other young adult interns, embracing: diversity, life beyond comfort zones, and all the joys and challenges that come when living and building relationships with new people. In intentional community we: share stories, have jam sessions, do chores, put others first, share hobbies and passions, create fun social events, explore our city and neighborhood.

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

Project Transformation invests in the spiritual development of each intern, opening their eyes to the needs and opportunities of ministry. We do this through:

  • Morning Devotion
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Service
  • Tough questions
  • Deep conversations
  • Intentional Relationships
  • Exploration of Call



Church Involvement
Each week, interns worship with their team at their site church. This connects program interns and families with the church community, building sustainable relationships that last long past the summer.  Beyond this, interns connect partner churches with the program by recruiting volunteers and sharing stories of their experience.

Specifics

Dates of the 2020 service experience are May 30-August 1. This includes pre-program training and eight 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.
  • If a major requires an internship or field placement hours, PT oftentimes meets those requirements. Please note this on the application and contact us with questions.
  • During their summer of service, interns cannot have commitments outside of Project Transformation, such as summer school or another 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, interns participate in a group worship time.
  • On Fridays, 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 attend their site church to connect with the site 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.

Committing to Project Transformation Rio Texas is more than accepting a summer job, it is embracing a transformational experience.  The expectations are 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—love from the kids, fun and support from living in community, and the energy created by exploring your personal potential to impact the world around you.

Time Off
Friday evening-Saturday evenings each weekend.

Compensation
$2,500 living stipend + room and board.

Application Procedure
Applicants apply online. A professional resume and contact information for 3 references are required for application completion.

If you have a local faith community, we hope they will want to support you in this work. Please read the Partner Church Letter of Commitment and be prepared to speak to your pastor.


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