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 and is May 18-20, 2020, at Emory University in Decatur, GA.

Debriefing: Students end their internship at a formal debriefing held at a retreat called Selah Vie. This experience is a necessary part of the process of transitioning back into student or work life. Selah Vie will be August 4-7, 2020, in Nashville, TN.

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 Selah Vie and all costs associated with these events. The internship site also covers housing (if needed), food stipend, and expenses for all church-related activities while on the field.

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 oporutnties 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. Whether you are a returning or new applicant, apply here.
    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 or you may review this opportunities list and indicate your interest in a specific church(es) on the application form.
    4. Ask three people to serve as references by completing the reference form. The application deadline is April 30, 2020.

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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, apply here.
    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 funds, additional interns may be requested/funded. The application deadline is April 30, 2020.

    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

    In light of COVID-19, Student.Go and CBF Global Missions are moving to virtual Student.Go experiences this summer. 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 summer.

    Our commitment at CBF is to provide a meaningful summer 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.

    We will not be sending students to any physical location. Students, guided by supervisors, will engage their ministry sites through online interactions with the various communities served by their placements. CBF will provide a virtual orientation for students May 18-19, 2020, in addition to providing learning opportunities throughout the summer using a cohort model. We are still in conversation about Selah vie, the end-of-the-summer retreat where both programs also debrief their experiences, as the particular details have yet to be determined.

    DebriefingSelah 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 positions. For those serving during the fall and spring semesters, we offer an alternative debriefing, which may include attendance at Selah vie.

     

    Application Information:

    Application deadlines:

    We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2020.
    Fall Semester Service Application Deadline April 15, 2020
    Students can apply online now
    Please contact the Student.Go Team at Student.Go@cbf.net if you have any questions!

    Required attendance dates:

    Orientation—for Summer & Fall 2020 opportunities, orientation will be May 18-20, 2020 in Atlanta, GA.
    Selah vie Retreat at the end of service for relaxation, reflection & debriefing, August 4-7, 2020 in Nashville, TN.

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    Testimonials


     

    Student.Go Summer 2019 Photos