General Board of Church & Society Seeks Intern for Immigration/Criminal Justice Grassroots Coordination

April 22, 2010

Ten-month, paid position at United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has an opening for an Immigration and Criminal Justice Reform intern. The intern will assist Bill Mefford, GBCS director of Civil & Human Rights. This is a paid position for a 10-month period starting in August.
The internship is in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill here. 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.
GBCS's primary responsibility is to advocate for implementing the United Methodist Social Principles. These are stances taken on social, political, economic and environmental issues by the denomination’s highest policy-making body, General Conference.
Among other duties, the intern will help develop educational resources in the areas of immigration and criminal justice to aid in mobilizing United Methodists for advocacy. The intern will also maintain contact with United Methodist activists.
The intern will be involved in recruiting activists in annual conferences doing work with people directly affected by the immigration and/or criminal justice systems.
The intern will work closely with grassroots efforts in other faith groups and non-faith groups as well to provide overall coordination.
Qualified applicants will have had experience working within immigrant communities and be fluent in Spanish. Applicants should have theological and/or missiological training and be able to write clear and publishable educational resources and Bible studies.
Applicants should be familiar with The United Methodist Church, the U.S. political process, and a general knowledge of immigration and criminal justice issues.
May 31 is the deadline for applications. Beginning date for this position is early August and the ending date is May 31, 2011.
Intern must work a minimum 35 hours per week and will be given appropriate time off during employment. The intern will be paid $1,015 per month for the 10-month internship.
To apply, send a resume with three recommendations, cover letter and writing sample via e-mail to Bill Mefford, ( by May 31.
A complete job description is available at Immigration & Criminal Justice Reform Grassroots Intern or go to the GBCS website:, and click on Job Openings at the bottom of the home page.