Summer & Semester Internships

 
Internships play a significant role in discovering passion and giftedness and have the potential to alter life’s direction! Through CBF’s Student.Go (read student dot go) and Student.Church (read student dot church), a summer or semester is punctuated with meaningful experiences allowing both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to recognize their place within God’s mission to change the world.

 
 

Student.Church

Student.Church provides congregational internships to students who are interested in a deeper experience of church life or pursuing a call to ministry. Interns are mentored by seasoned ministers as they explore the breadth of congregational ministry through a variety of learning experiences. On this web page you will find more information about the application process for students, the role of congregations in the support and nurture of interns, as well as CBF's resources for walking alongside both the student and church throughout the internship.

 
 

About Student.Church

Length of Internship: 10 weeks (this includes a required orientation and debriefing) starting mid/late May and ending early August

Orientation: This event builds community among all CBF Student.Church and Student.Go interns, while also training and preparing interns to enter into their internship equipped with new skills and resources. Orientation is required. Orientation will be May 24-25, 2021, and will be held virtually.

Debriefing: Students end their internship at a formal debriefing typically held at a retreat called Selah Vie. This experience is a necessary part of the process of transitioning back into student or work life. Due to COVID-19, it has yet to be determined if debriefing will be live or virtual.

Summer Finances: Student.Church interns are paid a minimum of $1200 (1/2 from church internship site and 1/2 from CBF). In addition, CBF covers travel expenses to and from Orientation and Debriefing at Selah Vie and all costs associated with these events (if held in-person). The host church/ site also covers housing (if needed) and expenses for all church-related activities while on the field.

Application Timeline: The application period for Summer 2021 is open from February 1 to May 1, 2021.

Intern Application Information

Student.Church interns are characterized as:

  • Committed followers of Jesus.
  • Students enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed at least one year.
  • Graduate students (including seminary students) enrolled in a master's level or higher degree program.
  • Individuals who may not be enrolled in college but are at least 18 years of age and exploring other vocational opportunities through the military, etc.
  • Individuals considering ministry as a life calling who would like to try on a ministerial identity.
  • Individuals who love the local church and want to serve others and gain leadership experience.

    Note: Students do not have to belong to a CBF partner congregation in order to participate.

    How do I apply?

    1. Begin by reading the Student.Church Internship Guide below for more details about the program.
    2. Complete the student application form. If you have any questions, please email our team. 

    3. If you have already approached a church about serving as their intern, you will be asked to include their information. If you have not identified a church in which to serve, you will be asked to specify in general your geographical, demographic and ministry preferences in terms of church placement. Please click here for the most updated list of churches that have not yet secured an intern. Updates will be made as church applications are received.
    4. Ask three people to serve as references and have them complete the reference form. The references should be:
      • someone who has observed you in a ministry setting (ex. previous supervisor, campus pastor or youth group pastor)
      • a trusted adult (ex. previous boss, internship supervisor or deacon at church)
      • someone at your educational institution (ex. professor, advisor, staff or Resident Director)

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    Student.Church

    Internship Guide

    Click the Student.Church Internship Guide to the right for more details about the program for students, parents, congregations and supervisors. Please read this document in advance of beginning the application process. On the application form, you will be asked to agree to certain aspects of the program that are only explained in this guide.

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    Available Churches

    Please click to download the list of available churches for Student.Church. The list will be updated as new churces are added.

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    Church Application Information

    Student.Church congregations are characterized as:

  • Churches that affiliate with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through financial contributions, support of global mission personnel, participation in CBF events, programs, etc.
  • Churches that are seeking a relationship with CBF by actively engaging in conversation with CBF global staff, state and regional staff, or field personnel.
  • Churches that are looking for an opportunity to mentor young adults as they grow personally and professionally.
  • Churches that are already in conversation with a student to serve as their intern.
  • Churches that are open to having an intern placed in their setting.

    How do churches apply?

    1. Begin by reading the Student.Church Internship Guide above for more details about the program.
    2. Whether you are a returning or new applicant you will need to apply via the church application form.
    3. If you have already approached a young adult about serving as your intern, please include their information. If you have not identified someone to serve as your intern, you will be asked to specify in general what you are looking for and the type of work the intern will be doing.
    4. Churches may apply to host only one intern through the Student.Church program. After the deadline has passed and contingent on fund availability, additional interns may be requested/funded.

    If you have questions about the internship, contact our team .

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    Student.Go

    Student.Go is a student missions program of CBF that provides opportunities for college and graduate students to serve with our field personnel and ministry partners, as they live out the CBF Global Missions commitments—cultivating beloved community, bearing witness to Jesus Christ and seeking transformational development.

    Whether it's for a summer or a semester, students provide crucial assistance to the ministries of CBF field personnel and ministry partners. By serving with Student.Go, students also have the opportunity to discover their place within God's mission to change the world. Through these experiences, students live out CBF Global Missions commitments within the contexts of global poverty, global migration and the global church. At CBF, we value God's calling of both women and men to all types of ministry and seek to support both male and female students as they follow God's will in their lives.

    Undergraduate students completing their first year of college and at least 18 years of age, as well as graduate students of any age, may apply.

     
     

    STUDENT.GO DETAILS OF SERVICE

    COVID-19 UPDATE

    We've spent the last year successfully hosting virtual opportunities for students. As we explore genuine, sincere and innovative ways to minister during this time, we now look to do mission work in different ways. We seek to continue to give college and graduate students a chance to grow into their calling, just now in a virtual way. The mission may look different but remember, the message is the same, as we turn crises into opportunities, and seek new, bold and transformative ways to serve Jesus Christ this year.

    Our commitment at CBF is to provide a meaningful experience that allows students to gain ministry insights that are unique to the times we are living in. As congregations and ministry sites are exploring new, bold and transformative models for ministry, we believe that there is no better time for a student to be engaged in learning about the future of the church/mission. We also believe that there are unique gifts and abilities that students will be able to share to undergird and strengthen ministry.

    In light of the ongoing pandemic, we have decided to continue with virtual placements.

    Debriefing

    Our summer debriefing will take place virtually at the end of July 2021. Exact dates will be posted later on.

    Summer 2021 Details of Service

    Orientation (virtual): May 24-25, 2021

    Length of Service: 10 weeks

    Stipend: $1,000 to be paid in three installments throughout the summer

    Learning Opportunities throughout the summer with CBF Staff and Field Personnel

    Students will be in a small group with an Encourager

     

    SUMMER 2021 OPPORTUNITIES - MORE TO COME

    Ministry Development Intern (Remote)- Kampala, Uganda Student will grow in their understanding of the challenges that refugees experience in Uganda and have the opportunity to assist in the financial development of a small, growing non-profit ministry. The summer intern will mainly have the opportunity to assist with grant research and writing as well as communications with Amani Sasa's partner community in the US.

    Researcher and Writer (Remote)- Westervoort, Netherlands Student will research and post information about materials to expand the impact of existing Christian materials in Romani languages; as time and interest permits, the student may also research and write short articles for the Romany Education Network and for outlets like the Kuri Journal.

    Webpage and Social Media Advisor/Designer (Remote)- Westervoort, Netherlands Student will assist in raising awareness of and supporting project with a minority group in North Africa/the Middle East by working to upgrade a webpage and related social media.

    Media Specialist for Together for Hope Appalachia (Remote) In this position you will learn about poverty alleviation through assets-based community development with the work of Together for Hope Appalachia and their coalition partners. Using this knowledge, you will assist TFH Appalachia and their partners with communication strategies, web design, social media presence including Facebook, use of email, and other media. With the demands of their work, many of their mission partners have little time to devote to their media presence. You will have the opportunity to get to know them and their work, learn their needs, and provide assistance in this important but sometimes neglected aspect of their ministries.

    Advocacy for Poverty Alleviation Appalachia (Remote) The student will identify and connect with key advocacy organizations in Appalachia, to learn about their work, research key issues of importance to poverty alleviation in Appalachia, and help connect Together For Hope Appalachia to their advocacy work where appropriate. You will contact churches, especially, but not exclusively within the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship network to develop a network of churches and church members with interest in advocacy work. The student will help coordinate the advocacy work of TFH Appalachia with CBF Advocacy leadership, and work with the West Virginia TFH Appalachia regional specialist.

    Grant Researcher/Writer (Remote)- Rocky Mount, North Carolina The student will research grants available for housing opportunities. These housing opportunities would include housing assistance to families living below poverty lines in northeastern North Carolina (specifically Hertford county). Housing assistance would include rent subsidies as well as new rent options, such as deposits, etc. Also, a grant for renovations on a home which will be used for housing for vulnerable families in Conetoe, North Carolina is requested. This grant would include funds for interior work toward renovating a home which will be used for a family experiencing poverty in a low income county where more than 23% of the population lives well below the poverty line.

    Public Relations Specialist (Remote)- Kosice, Slovakia The student will write stories that share about ministry among Roma in Slovakia and Czechia describing how relationships are developed and grow over time so the field personnel are able to create beloved community with their local partners and share the love of Christ through a relational approach.

    Educational Advocacy Legislative Intern (Remote)- Miami, Florida This position has multiple components, including research, helping state advocacy groups set legislative priorities, and creating graphic-rich presentations for web and social media use.

    Social Media Campaign Strategist, Refugee Advocacy (Remote) - Fort Worth, Texas In this position, you will research refugee issues, legislation and organizations working with them and in collaboration with CBF's Internationals North American field personnel and the Advocacy in Action Team help develop a social media strategy and campaign which will educate and motivate people to welcome and engage with our refugee and immigrant neighbors.

    Social Media Campaign Strategist, Immigration Advocacy (Remote)- Fredericksburg, Virginia You will research migration issues, legislation and organizations working with immigrants and in collaboration with CBF's Internationals North America field personnel and the Advocacy Action Team help develop a social media strategy and campaign which will educate and motivate people to welcome and engage with our refugee and immigrant neighbors.

    Community Mission Intern (Remote)- Somerset, Kentucky In this position, you will be involved in various mission projects in the summer. This will include project partnerships with a community garden, home construction, working with participants experiencing homelessness, developing and organizing children and youth mission activities, and other mission projects.

    We will continue to post positions as they come in. For more information, a detailed description of a position, or if you have any questions, please contact student.go@cbf.net.

     

    Application Information:

    How do I apply?

    1. Begin by reading the Student.Go information on this page for more details about the program.
    2. Complete the student application form. If you have any questions, please email our team. 

    3. Ask three people to serve as references and have them complete the reference form. The references should be:
      • someone who has observed you in a ministry setting (ex. previous supervisor, campus pastor or youth group pastor)
      • a trusted adult (ex. previous boss, internship supervisor or deacon at church)
      • someone at your educational institution (ex. professor, advisor, staff or Resident Director)

    Deadline to submit application: EXTENDED TO Friday, April 16, 2021

     

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    Student.Go Summer 2019 Photos