Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship

The Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Internship program is a yearly program sponsored by the General Board of Church and Society. All interns work and live together Washington, DC. Interns are placed in work settings where they will be a critical part of the placement's mission and operations.

The EYA Internship program is offered annually. In 2013 the dates of the EYA Internship are Wednesday, May 29, 2013 through Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Application Deadlines

  • For applicants residing outside the U.S. applications are due January 11, 2013.
  • For applicants residing inside the U.S. applications are due February 20, 2013.

How do you see yourself spending the summer? What about living, working, worshipping in Washington, DC?

The Ethnic Young Adults Summer Internship program is designed for young adults, between the ages of 18 and 22. Applicants must have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy, and social change.

During this internship, expect to experience God…

Through community…

Interns are housed at George Washington University, in the heart of downtown DC. The purpose of using this housing facility is for commuting convenience to and from placements and to encourage interns to explore the city – there are hundreds of free arts, entertainment, and political events offered every day. Each intern will share a living space with either one or two other roommates. Living together in shared space will provide its own challenges and rewards, but the program sincerely believes that in true community, relationships form that teach us new things about ourselves and others

Through working…

Placements are assigned after applicants have been accepted, based on their essay and other indicated interests, as well as the available placements. While we try to match the specific issues that you are passionate about with an internship placement, we do not guarantee a perfect match. Long-time partners of GBCS are all dedicated to providing meaningful and experiential work, no matter what your specific social justice concern.

Placement supervisors will set specific work hours, but in general, a normal workday will be 9 am until 5 pm. Some placements will have flexible hours, but require that you attend out-of-office events that occur outside of the normal work hours. Interns are expected to attend work-related events; events that coincide with EYA programs however must first be cleared with the EYA coordinator.

Through worship…

The last, but equally important part of this internship program is the devotional and community worship time. Every Sunday, the intern group will experience the rich and diverse nature of United Methodist churches by visiting a different church every week. The churches are located throughout the DC Metropolitan area and reflect the diversity in ethnic makeup as well as worship styles.

Every Wednesday the group will meet and have devotion for one hour. With each mid-week devotion led by a different intern, the hope is that this more relaxed time will provide a "pick-me up" during the week while taking part in others’ devotional styles.

Interns must also have a passion in exploring faith and justice issues from a personal, institutional, and societal perspective. Interns will live in Christian community together in Washington, DC. Work weeks at placements will be supplemented by: Evening intern led devotions, Friday Seminars on topics of timely social justice concern, area field trips, Sunday Worship in area United Methodist Churches. Participants must commit to all being present at these activities.

Applicants must be in good academic standing at their college or university if currently enrolled, demonstrate evidence of their concern for social justice through their extracurricular activity and academic study and have some history of involvement in their church and/or community. If employed full-time, applicants must show active leadership and participation in their local church and community and an involvement in social justice activities.

Each intern must be highly self-motivated, able to function effectively within a professional atmosphere, exercise good decision-making skills, feel comfortable working in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic urban environment and willing to participate in group activities. There is zero tolerance for abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other substances. A violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the program.

The EYA Internship expects participants to return to their schools, churches, and communities with an increased commitment to working with and on behalf of marginalized groups in our society. Participants are also expected to share their experience with other persons from their community, school, and/or church.

Direct questions to: Rev. Neal Christie, Assistant General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society, The United Methodist Church, p: 202-488-5611 Nchristie@umc-gbcs.org

Sponsored by
The Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group
Funded by Ethnic Local Church Grant
Administered by the General Board of Church and Society The United Methodist Church
Washington, D.C.