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.Go is a missions program of CBF that provides opportunities for students to serve with our field personnel and ministry partners as they live out CBF Global Missions commitments—cultivating beloved community, bearing witness to Jesus Christ and seeking transformational development.
Whether it's for a summer, a semester, or a year, 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.
Orientation—including housing, food and travel assistance as students learn more about the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), Global Missions and Student.Go. This year's orientation is May 18-20, 2020, in Atlanta, GA. It is required for all summer and fall positions.
Stipend—$1700 for semester assignments; $1200 for summer assignments (paid in two phases).
Housing, food and local transportation—provided for most summer assignments and some semester assignments (some assignments will require additional fundraising).
Debriefing— Selah vie Retreat at the end of service for relaxation, reflection and debriefing. This year's Selah vie Retreat is Aug. 4-7, 2020, in Nashville, TN. This debriefing event is required for all summer and fall positions.
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.
Intern Application Information
Serving in a local congregation is a great opportunity to better understand why we serve Christ in community. Each intern connects with a variety of people and takes time to understand all that is involved in making the church the church. Each internship is 10 weeks long and begins with an orientation in mid-May and ends with a debriefing in early August.
Student.Church interns are characterized as:
What are the financial aspects of the program?
- Students attend orientation and debriefing at no cost with some travel expenses reimbursed.
- The church covers housing (if needed), food stipend, and expenses for all church-related activities while on the field.
- Interns receive a $1,200 stipend that is a shared cost between the church and CBF. $1,000 is paid during the summer. The final $200 will be mailed after debriefing.
How do I apply?
- Whether you are a returning or new applicant, apply here.
- 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. Ask three people to serve as references by completing the reference form. The application deadline is April 30, 2020.
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.
Church Application Information
We offer two ways for churches to participate through Student.Church.
Already have an intern?
Any church that already has an intern and would like to connect them with other CBF interns is welcome to participate in Student.Church. CBF will cover costs for a 3-day orientation for the first 50 interns that apply. Interns will meet other students who are exploring congregational mentorships and will receive the support of each other and the Student.Church network.
Want an intern?
The first 50 churches to apply as host churches for interns will receive a $600 grant to help pay a stipend for an intern for 10 weeks. This grant can be used for one intern or divided up among several interns. These interns are required to attend orientation and debriefing and their costs for both will be covered by CBF. Students will also receive some funding to help defray travel expenses to both orientation and debriefing.
When does an intern serve?
Length of service in the congregation is 10 weeks beginning late May/early June and ending late July/early August.
What about orientation and debriefing?
Students are required to attend orientation May 18-20, 2020, at Emory University, Decatur, GA.
At the end of the summer, interns are required to attend Selah Vie August 4-7, 2020, at Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center in Nashville, TN, for debriefing.
What does the church provide for the intern?
- At least $1,200 stipend for each intern (a shared cost with CBF).
- Churches must provide housing (if intern is not living at home) and will cover expenses for some food and all church-related activities while on the field.
- The church will help make introductions to ensure that students interact with the entire church family, not just the ministry area in which the student is serving.
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