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February 2016

Young Adults: Check out Internships from the General Board of Church and Society

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) Internship Program is an opportunity for young adults to gain valuable professional advocacy experience, increase leadership skills and strengthen their Christian walk and witness while living in the heart of the nation’s capital. The hands-on program is designed to mentor and challenge emerging leaders.

Experience God

Participants can expect to experience God:

  • Through community …
    Many GBCS interns live in one of two apartments in the United Methodist Building across from The Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill. Living together in shared space provides challenges, rewards and opportunities to grow in community.
  • Through faith …
    Gathering for devotions every Wednesday are times for centering, enjoying fellowship and theological reflection on the myriad experiences that are part of the GBCS Internship Program.
  • Through work …
    Working Monday through Thursday at GBCS or with the agency’s partners, interns engage in advocacy focused on public policy to increase working knowledge of an extensive range of social-justice issues, and develop and deepen professional skills.
  • All of this is brought together every Friday!
    Friday seminars, all-day or half day, are interactive, challenging and provide opportunities to bring faith, work and community together.

GBCS offers two internship opportunities:

  1. GBCS Internship Program runs three 10-12 week sessions each year: fall, winter/spring and summer; full-time program.
  2. Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship runs from late May through early August for young adults of color who are members of The United Methodist Church; full-time program.

Eligibility requirements

  • At least 18 years of age; upper age limit of 22 applies only to EYA program.
  • Academic level of rising sophomore, junior or senior at time of application or employed full-time.
  • Active leadership and participation in a local church, faith-based or community organization with involvement in social-justice activities.

GBCS will work with your college/university regarding academic credit for your internship.

To learn more apply, visit The General Board of Church and Society's Internship page