Applications for the Florida Conference’s 2013 Summer Mission Intern program are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is April 12 However, send in your applications early. We will be interviewing and hiring as applications come in.
Summer Mission Interns serve in a variety of outreach ministry settings throughout Florida, with a focus being on church-based community day camps and United Methodist district outreach agencies. A $2,000 stipend is awarded to each intern for their 10 weeks of service which runs generally from June 1 through Aug. 10 (this varies with the placement). Internship applications are accepted from students and young adults, ages 19 through 28.
“Being a Summer Mission Intern is a great opportunity to be Christ’s hands and feet, in service to a hurting world,” said Rick Bennett, director of Justice and Outreach Ministries for the Florida Conference. “The focus is on service in communities experiencing poverty, but the program includes time and support for reflection on vocational and spiritual goals.”
Training is provided to the interns at pre-summer retreat (the first weekend in June) as well as in-service training by the agencies. Supervision and mentoring is provided by conference and agency staff throughout the summer.
In the summer of 2012, the fourth year of this program, over 25 Summer Mission Interns participated at placements with Christians Reaching Out to Society (C.R.O.S. Ministries), Branches in Miami, Grace Place in North Naples, Riverside Retreat in LaBelle and local churches throughout the state. They ranged in age from 19-28 and came from many different colleges and universities.
The goal this year is to expand the program to 30 mission interns with placements in Winter Haven, Naples, Miami, LaBelle, Orlando and Lake Worth. The Florida Conference Summer Mission Intern program is through the Office of Justice and Outreach Ministries, Rick Bennett, Director.
The application is available online at 2013 Summer Mission Intern. Applicants can download and print the application and mail it to Rick Bennett, 450 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33815; or fax it to 863-688-7233. For more information, e-mail Rick Bennett at email@example.com, or call 800-282-8011, Ext. 504.