Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship application deadline is Feb. 1


Applicants, age 18-22, will work in social justice placements in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Deadline to apply for an Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C., is Feb. 1. The EYA program is for young adults, ages 18-22, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change.

Sponsored by the Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group and administered by the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), interns will work in social justice placements in the U.S. capital from June 1 to Aug. 1, 2009.

Interns will live in Christian community together at George Washington University, in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. Work placements will be supplemented by evening intern-led devotions, Friday seminars on topics of social justice concern, area field trips, and Sunday worship in area United Methodist churches. Participants must commit to being present at these activities.

Every Sunday, the intern group will experience the rich and diverse nature of The United Methodist Church by visiting a different congregation. The congregations will reflect diversity in ethnic makeup as well as worship style.

Applicants must be in good academic standing at their college or university, demonstrate evidence of their concern for social justice through their extracurricular activity, 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, including involvement in social justice activities.

The Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group and GBCS will provide round-trip transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; housing for the eight-week EYA Internship; commuter stipend for travel to intern work sites; and $1,500 for each intern for the nine-week period.

EYA is funded through GBCS’s Ethnic Local Church Grant program.

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

An application form is available at > Leadership Development > Racial and Ethnic Connections > EYA Internships.

For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie, Assistant General Secretary, Education and Leadership Formation, General Board of Church & Society, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, or or (202) 488-5611.

GBCS is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education and Leadership Formation, United Nations and International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center at the United Nations in New York City.

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