The Highland Park Pres Summer Intern program exists both to enhance our ministry to Kids and Students and to develop Christ-centered leaders for the church and the world.
Serving as a summer intern is a full-time commitment starting Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and ending Sunday, August 5, 2018. Interns will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the summer. You are allowed to take up to 1 week of unpaid vacation.
Each summer, we hire 8 college aged interns who spend 10 weeks serving in one of four ministry age-groups: Elementary, 5th-6th, Middle School or High School. Interns work alongside our year-round staff to plan and teach Wednesday night and Sunday morning programs, meet up with kids and students for various fun hangouts, and serve as counselors on day-trips, retreats and mission trips. We encourage our interns to build relationships with students through which they can share Jesus in their words and example. We pursue a highly relational, energetic, fun and deeply Christ-centered approach to ministry.
Even more than we hope that our interns will enhance our ministry, we want to invest in the spiritual formation and leadership development of our interns. Each intern is paired with a staff mentor. These mentors meet regularly with our interns helping them to engage in spiritual practices (Scripture reading, prayer, etc.) that will hopefully deepen their relationship with Jesus. Additionally, the mentors provide feedback and coaching to help our interns develop practical skills that can help them lead on their campus or in other ministry contexts.
Finally, our interns participate in a weekly reading and discussion cohort with our Teaching Pastor, Charlie Dunn, in order to deepen their understanding of the Gospel and to explore what it means to be a Christ-centered leader in the world. Interns read and reflect upon Tim Keller’s summary of the Christian faith in The Prodigal God. They also discuss topics including:
“The experience I had this past summer at HP Pres was incredibly uplifting. I loved building friendships with the other interns, and I cannot imagine a job where coworkers and bosses are any more welcoming or fun to be around.” – Lowrie Reniger
“I came into the internship because I needed time to truly learn about my faith. I loved the experience in an almost selfish way: I became a stronger Christian through teaching kids about Jesus. ” – Webber Beall
“This internship has been a breath of fresh air, and has shown me the joy of living in relationship with God. It challenged me to go out of my comfort zone to build relationships with students, and it taught me to spread God’s love to everyone.” – Sara Scheffler
“Surrounding myself with a community of such strong believers has been so important for the growth of my faith, and I have made what I intend to be lifelong friendships. I know that the work I have done for God this summer I could never have done on my own.” – Michael Lamar