INTERNSHIPS

 
 

LEARN HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF URBAN POVERTY

Servant Partners Internships develop emerging leaders to minister alongside the urban poor. Interns live, learn, and pursue God together in order to discern a call to urban poor ministry.

Do you want to be a part of the exciting work that God is doing in urban poor communities, but aren’t sure where to being?

 

In our short term internships, you have a unique opportunity to step into the world of the urban poor, to experience their day to day realities, and ask God to show you how you can make a significant contribution.

Are you seeking deeper experience with the urban poor, and want to gain the skills and know-how to minister effectively?

In our one to two year internships, you can grow in the skills, character, and spirituality needed to thrive in urban ministry.  If you love Jesus, want to make a difference in the lives of the urban poor, and enjoy learning through doing, then this internship is for you.

 

Many of our intern graduates join full-time missions teams in the U.S. or overseas, but our vision is to raise up a generation of believers who will effectively serve, advocate for, and influence the church toward action on behalf of the poor, regardless of career path.

Frequently asked questions

How long has Servant Partners had an internship program?


In 1995, Servant Partners started the internship program in the Los Angeles area (Pomona, Northwest Pasadena, Lincoln Heights) and Manila, Philippines. Since then, internships has partnered with Servant Partners sites in Lincoln Heights, California, San Jose, California, Vancouver, B.C., the Middle East, Marseilles, France, South Africa, Nicaragua, and Thailand.




How many interns are at each site?


The exact number of interns will depend on the site. The class size has ranged from one to eighteen per site.




How long is the internship?


Our short term internships range from 2-6 weeks and longer term internships range from 6-22 months.




How much does it cost?


The cost of the internship varies depending on length, whether you work a job and volunteer as an intern, or spend all your time in the community (international internships). Internships range from $3000-$20,000, depending on all of those details. This cost covers orientation, overseas trips, books and training materials, activities, four weekend prayer retreats and administration of the internship, and, if applicable, living expenses. Interns usually contact friends and family in order to raise the needed support for this internship. There are also some internship brochures and other materials available by request.




How do I apply for the internship?


You can fill out the application and reference forms here.




When are applications due?


Applications are due: January 21, 2019.




Who is a good candidate for the internship?


We look for interns who are serious about four things:

  1. Willingness to live and serve in an urban poor context for two years
  2. Willingness to make the internship the top priority
  3. Openness to a call to minister among the urban poor overseas after the internship
  4. Openness to church planting after the internship
Applicants must be committed to an adult learning style (e.g. finding a job and an apartment, budgeting, being on time, etc.), and ready to take great initiative and responsibility for their own learning process and growth.




What happens after I apply?


After processing applications, the staff will issue invitations to our Interview Weekend. These interviews will be held in February 2019. All applicants are required to attend. Decisions will be issued in early March 2019. Once you receive our decision, you’ll have a short time to consider for yourself and respond to us via phone or email. Responses are required late March 2019.




Is there an orientation or training time before the internship begins?


There is an orientation in the States as well as an international immersion trip at the beginning of the internship experience.




Can I have a job while in the internship?


Domestic US Interns are responsible for daily living expenses by working part or full time. International Interns raise a budget that covers their full-time engagement in the neighborhood.




What about church attendance?


Given the immersive nature of the internship, we ask that you come in with no prior commitments, including church. There will be opportunity during the internship to connect with a local church.




How often will I meet with other interns?


Interns usually meet two evenings a week for three hours each. These meetings mainly involve scripture study, book reading/discussion, workshops (e.g. race and culture, poverty, dating, etc.), gifts assessments, and leadership development. Also, interns usually live together.




Are there staff members who work with interns?


Yes. There are local Servant Partners staff members at each site who facilitate learning and ministry opportunities.




How exactly will I spend my time as an intern?


Outside of bi-weekly meetings, interns also receive local ministry assignments, practice spiritual disciplines (e.g. Sabbath, prayer, silence and solitude), engage in peer accountability, and receive regular mentoring. The internship experience is designed to help interns grow in their connection with God, each other and with the poor. It is a powerful, life-changing two-year experience for maturing in your faith and discerning next steps in serving the poor.




How much free time will I have?


Likely much of your time as an intern will be spent at work, with neighbors and with your housemates and teammates. There are longer breaks periodically throughout the two years and often a free day during the weekend.





Frequently asked questions

How long has Servant Partners had an internship program?


In 1995, Servant Partners started the internship program in the Los Angeles area (Pomona, Northwest Pasadena, Lincoln Heights) and Manila, Philippines. Since then, internships has partnered with Servant Partners sites in Lincoln Heights, California, San Jose, California, Vancouver, B.C., the Middle East, Marseilles, France, South Africa, Nicaragua, and Thailand.




How many interns are at each site?


The exact number of interns will depend on the site. The class size has ranged from one to eighteen per site.




How long is the internship?


Our short term internships range from 2-6 weeks and longer term internships range from 6-22 months.




How much does it cost?


The cost of the internship varies depending on length, whether you work a job and volunteer as an intern, or spend all your time in the community (international internships). Internships range from $3000-$20,000, depending on all of those details. This cost covers orientation, overseas trips, books and training materials, activities, four weekend prayer retreats and administration of the internship, and, if applicable, living expenses. Interns usually contact friends and family in order to raise the needed support for this internship. There are also some internship brochures and other materials available by request.




How do I apply for the internship?


You can fill out the application and reference forms here.




When are applications due?


Applications are due: January 21, 2019.




Who is a good candidate for the internship?


We look for interns who are serious about four things:

  1. Willingness to live and serve in an urban poor context for two years
  2. Willingness to make the internship the top priority
  3. Openness to a call to minister among the urban poor overseas after the internship
  4. Openness to church planting after the internship
Applicants must be committed to an adult learning style (e.g. finding a job and an apartment, budgeting, being on time, etc.), and ready to take great initiative and responsibility for their own learning process and growth.




What happens after I apply?


After processing applications, the staff will issue invitations to our Interview Weekend. These interviews will be held in February 2019. All applicants are required to attend. Decisions will be issued in early March 2019. Once you receive our decision, you’ll have a short time to consider for yourself and respond to us via phone or email. Responses are required late March 2019.




Is there an orientation or training time before the internship begins?


There is an orientation in the States as well as an international immersion trip at the beginning of the internship experience.




Can I have a job while in the internship?


Domestic US Interns are responsible for daily living expenses by working part or full time. International Interns raise a budget that covers their full-time engagement in the neighborhood.




What about church attendance?


Given the immersive nature of the internship, we ask that you come in with no prior commitments, including church. There will be opportunity during the internship to connect with a local church.




How often will I meet with other interns?


Interns usually meet two evenings a week for three hours each. These meetings mainly involve scripture study, book reading/discussion, workshops (e.g. race and culture, poverty, dating, etc.), gifts assessments, and leadership development. Also, interns usually live together.




Are there staff members who work with interns?


Yes. There are local Servant Partners staff members at each site who facilitate learning and ministry opportunities.




How exactly will I spend my time as an intern?


Outside of bi-weekly meetings, interns also receive local ministry assignments, practice spiritual disciplines (e.g. Sabbath, prayer, silence and solitude), engage in peer accountability, and receive regular mentoring. The internship experience is designed to help interns grow in their connection with God, each other and with the poor. It is a powerful, life-changing two-year experience for maturing in your faith and discerning next steps in serving the poor.




How much free time will I have?


Likely much of your time as an intern will be spent at work, with neighbors and with your housemates and teammates. There are longer breaks periodically throughout the two years and often a free day during the weekend.





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