Deadline Extended to Apply for Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internships

January 21, 2010

Hispanic American, Native American, and Pacific Islander applicants, ages 18 to 22, sought for May 30-July 31 work experience in U.S. capital.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The deadline to apply for a 2010 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C., has been extended to February 15. The EYA program is for young adults, ages 18-22, interested in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy, and social change. Openings remain for applicants of Hispanic American, Native American, and Pacific Islander ethnicity.
 
Sponsored by the United Methodist Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group (IESDG) and administered by the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), interns will work in social justice placements in the U.S. capital from May 30 to July 31, 2010.
 
IESDG is a coalition of the denomination's five racial/ethnic minority caucuses: Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR), Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans (MARCHA), the Native American International Caucus (NAIC), the National Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM), and the Pacific Islander National Caucus of United Methodists (PINCUM).
 
Interns will live in Christian community. 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 participating in these activities.
 
The intern group will experience the rich diversity of The United Methodist Church by visiting a different congregation each Sunday. Congregations will reflect diversity in worship style as well as ethnicity.
 
Concern for social justice
 
Applicants must be in good academic standing at their college or university, demonstrate evidence of their concern for social justice through 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.
 
IESDG 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 eight-week period.
 
Ethnic Local Church Grant
 
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 also are expected to share their experience with other persons from their community, school, and church.
 
Application form and more information is available at EYA Internship Program.
 
For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie, assistant general secretary, Education and Leadership Formation, General Board of Church and Society, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202.488.5611; or the Rev. L.A. McCrae, EYA coordinator, 202.488.5644 (office) or 443.528.5138 (mobile).