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.

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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 is scheduled for mid-to-late May 2022, and will be held in person.

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. As of November 2022, Selah Vie is being planned as an in-person event.

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 2022 opens November 29, 2021 and will remain open until all positions are filled.

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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    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. We have funding for 20 opportunities in the summer, and 5 opportunities in both the spring and fall terms.

     
     

    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, in both virtual and in-person ways. 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.

    Beginning summer 2022 we will offer both virtual and in-person opportunities for domestic positions and international positions.

    Student.Go In-Person Placement Protocols

    • Students must be fully vaccinated by the time they will travel to their assigned ministry site. For the protection of all involved, CBF will require proof of vaccination from students who are selected for in-person assignments.
    • Students are required to read and follow Federal, State, and municipal guidelines, which may include, but not be limited, to the following:
      • Use of Face Coverings
      • Health Declarations
      • Physical Distancing
      • Use of Gloves
    • Students are required to read and follow the safety protocols of their local ministry site, prior to traveling and throughout the duration of their assignment.
    • Students are required to read and follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.
    • Students are required to read and follow the guidelines set forth by:
      • Airline
      • Lodging Site
    • Students are required to get tested if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
      • Should the student not find a free testing site, CBF will reimburse the student the cost of the test, upon submission of receipt.
    • Students are required to notify their supervisor and isolate if they are:
      • Experiencing Flu-like symptoms.
      • Exposed to someone with COVID.
      • Waiting for a COVID test result.
      • Notified of a positive COVID test.
    CDC - Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

    Spring 2022 Details of Service

    Orientation (virtual): Early January 2022

    Length of Service: 15 weeks

    Stipend: $1,300 to be paid in three installments throughout the semester; in-person placement opportunities are $1700

    Learning Opportunities throughout the term with CBF Staff and Field Personnel

    Students will be in a small group with an Encourager

    Debriefing (virtual): end of April 2022

     

    SPRING 2022 OPPORTUNITIES

    Virtual

    Web Designer/Database Creator (Remote) Undergraduate or Graduate- Fremont, California This is an opportunity to create a website/database which will house the growing membership and resources around the Bay Area Refugee Roundtable. This initiative, created by Lita and Rick Sample, is a tool to connect churches, ministries, organizations, and resources together to minister to the Afghan refugees arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is our hope that we can help mobilize and connect Christians in a way that will benefit the new refugees arriving, and also show God's love to them in very real ways. We are working with a number of churches to launch this as well as some local community organizations. In addition, we are partnering with the Afghan Christian Church which will continue to reach Afghans in their own language and culture.

    Social Media Intern (Remote) Undergraduate or Graduate- Miami, Florida Here’s the chance to showcase your creative side at Touching Miami With Love this Spring as a Social Media intern. TML’s mission is to share the love of Christ by offering hope, opportunities, and resources to their communities. During this term, you will get to know the different educational, spiritual, and holistic programs that TML offers their children and youth. Expand your creativity and knowledge while growing and transforming lives through impactful social media marketing.

    In-Person

    Koinonia Intern (In-Person) Undergraduate or Graduate- Americus, GAThis is an opportunity for those interested in experiencing life in community. Interns will meet regularly for study session exploring a variety of topics. Interns will have the opportunity to live as a house church similar to the early Christians described in the Acts of the Apostle. Interns will have the opportunity to experience a rhythm of life of prayer, work, study, service, and fellowship. Koinonia is a working farm, a house of hospitality, a place of service both on and off the farm. Serving at Koinonia, interns are invited into a holistic experience.

    Please view KoinoniaFarmCOVIDProtocol.pdf (7 downloads) Koinonia Farm COVID-19 Protocols.

    Ministry Associate (In-Person) Graduate or Seminary- New York City, NY This is a leadership position with Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in New York City, supporting the 13 ongoing social service ministries of the nonprofit. Particularly focusing on the Urban Immersion program, youth programming ministries and food justice ministries, the student intern will bring needed leadership and support to all of our various ministries. Semester interns will be under the direction of the executive coordinator and will be supervised by CBF field personnel. Depending on the student's interest, there is also opportunity for grant writing, participation in worship planning, social media management and social work/case management. Alongside the community and other staff, the student intern will nurture partner relationships in the city, including neighborhood shelters, partner service providers and community boards. They will grow their asset-based community development skills by being immersed in and an integral part of a community responding to the needs of the most vulnerable.

    Please view Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries COVID-19 Protocols.

    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. Application Deadline for Spring 2022 Opportunities is Friday, December 3, 2021.
    2. Begin by reading the Student.Go information on this page for more details about the program.
    3. Complete the student application form. Please click here for the StudentDot Application. If you have any questions, please email our team. 
    4. Ask three people to serve as references and have them complete the reference form. The applicant is responsible for ensuring their references have submitted the 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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    Testimonials


     

    Student.Go Summer 2019 Photos