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Answer the call

Why an internship? To obey Jesus’ command to make disciples who in turn make disciples. Hope interns focus their time and energies in a specific ministry area and receive special training designed to help them learn and serve in the context of the local church.

And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of
many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to
teach others also.”
2 Timothy 2:2

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Investing in you

Hope’s internships are biblically based, providing our ministry staff an opportunity to reproduce themselves and Hope’s DNA in the lives of interns who, in turn, do the same for others — following Christ’s methodology by spending intensive time with a small group of followers:

  • showing them how to do the work;
  • doing the work with them;
  • coaching them through the work; and
  • handing the work of ministry over to them.

Details

Everything you need to know

What can interns expect?

Interns gain relevant ministry experience during the year by:

  • attending weekly Leadership Training — making new discoveries in leadership development, spiritual growth and ministry methods from members of the Hope team;
  • serving at weekday and/or weekend services;
  • building community with others in the Intern group through weekly study and prayer;
  • being mentored by the ministry-focus department leader;
  • connecting and observing other growing ministries through intern-only opportunities; and
  • accumulating valuable experience and knowledge, skills and abilities preparing the intern for the next phase of his or her God-given calling.
What is the schedule?

20 hours per week minimum. Schedule will be determined with ministry mentor upon acceptance.

What is the purpose of the internship?

Hope internships provide an excellent environment to learn about local church ministry through:

  • Assessments and evaluation tools
  • Ministry opportunities
  • Ministry mentoring
  • Exposure to other ministries
Who is the ideal candidate?

Self-starters and quick learners with a heart to serve and who love a challenge.  Ideally college students or recent college graduates, however case by case exceptions will be considered.

In what ministry areas may an intern participate?

Interns choose one ministry area on which to focus during their tenure as well as general church-wide training. Available areas are:

  • KidCity Children’s Ministry
  • Middle School Ministry
  • High School Ministry
  • College Ministry
  • Special Needs Ministry
  • Adult Ministry
  • Programming (Tech, Worship, Live Video)
  • Creative Media (Graphics, Communication, Video)
  • Local Hope
  • Global Hope
  • First Impressions (Guest Services)
  • Information Technology
What is a typical week for an intern?

Interns attend staff meetings and participate in core learning sessions, consisting of group connection and group learning. Additionally, interns participate in departmental meetings; spend time meeting one on one with a mentor each week, and focus on various departmental responsibilities.

Which staff members do interns interact with?

Staff members serve as mentors for the internship experience. Interns meet with their leader weekly, discussing leadership, assignments, and personal and spiritual growth. Leaders and interns evaluate the internship regularly.

Interns periodically interact with our lead pastor, executive team and other staff members during weekly leadership trainings for teams.

What qualifications are you looking for in an intern?

Previous volunteer ministry and leadership experience is preferred and specific experience in the desired ministry focus area is certainly favored. We also look for people who have a clear sense of a calling to serve others and dare to dream big dreams for the Kingdom of God. Attitude, flexibility, culture and the ability to work within a team environment are also highly valued. A history of regular attendance and volunteer participation at the local church is preferred.

Is housing provided?

Not presently. However, our staff can give guidance on affordable areas in and around the community.

Is it a paying internship?

No. If God has called an individual to this program, He will provide the support. Interns are fully responsible for raising their own support or provide part-time income during the program. One of the prerequisites to leadership is casting a vision with the support of others. We ask, however, that ministry expectations and time requirements take precedence over outside work schedules.

What about benefits?

Hope does not offer benefits to interns.

Is it part-time or full-time?

Your commitment will be part-time a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Do I need a car?

Each intern is responsible for his or her own transportation.

What is the admission process?

Applicants complete the application, take the assessment and submit it. For priority consideration, submit your application at least two months prior to your desired starting time. Applications submitted less than two month prior to the desired start date will not be accepted.

How long is the application process?

Once an application is received, a phone interview is scheduled to determine compatibility in three areas; culture, beliefs and mission. Leadership also prays and seeks God’s guidance and wisdom. Approximately a week after the phone interview(s), the applicant will receive communication about next steps, if applicable.

Is everyone automatically accepted?

No. Hope’s internship is not the right place for everyone who applies, nor is everyone who applies right for Hope. We have a limited number of available internship spots available.

Why is the process so intense?
  • We want to get to know you.
  • The intern program is an important event in your life and we want you to take it seriously.
  • We want to make sure that you will fit Hope’s culture, mission and vision.
  • The money and time you invest in this process will help you in life regardless of your acceptance onto our team.

Application

Want to apply? Please take the AssessMe test and then submit your application.