The Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) internship program is concluding at the end of this week. We are going to highlight interns throughout the week to help give you a glimpse into the summer program.
Meet Ali Santiago from the North Carolina Annual Conference and a rising junior at Meredith College.
Ali was placed at the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA). Her work at MFSA included writing blog posts, participating in panel discussions and conducting research on reproductive justice. Ali boldly proclaims, "my faith is what brought me here!" She is no stranger to the United Methodist connection. Ali served as a board of director for the General Board of Church and Society from 2008 to 2012. She deeply enjoys working at MSFA because it deepens the ties she has with the denomination she has grown up with from a young age.
A crucial part of the EYA internship is the opportunity for interns to learn about the history of The United Methodist Church. Interns visit historic churches like Lovely Lane UMC in Baltimore and Dumbarton UMC in Washington, DC. During Friday seminars, interns delve into the United Methodist Social Principles and how they have intersected with social movements in the world.
For Ali, the experience is all about living out her faith. "It's very important to me that my faith isn't a secret and that I'm living it out fully day-by-day."