General Board of Church & Society program for 18-to-22-year olds who have interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The deadline to apply for a 2011 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C., is January 10, 2011. The EYA program is for persons ages 18-22 who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy, and social change.
Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), the nine-week summer internship program is for young adults representing the five ethnic minority caucuses of The United Methodist Church: Native Americans, Pacific-Islanders, Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans.
Interns will work in social justice placements in the U.S. capital from May 28 to July 31.
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 being present at 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 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 extracurricular activity and/or academic study, and have some history of involvement in their church and/or community.
If employed fulltime, applicants must show active leadership and participation in their local church and community, including involvement in social justice activities.
GBCS will provide 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.
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.
Application and recommendation forms can be obtained from the GBCS website:
For more information contact the Rev. Neal Christie, assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Formation, General Board of Church & Society, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202.488.5611.
The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The board's primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & 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.