UrbanPromise’s internship program provides college-aged adults with summertime training in urban youth development and ministry. Interns work in our Summer Camp and live in community in the Charlotte neighborhood in which they work. Their role at UrbanPromise is essential to our organization’s operational and programmatic success as they work on a volunteer basis and act as positive role models to the children and teens in their camp.
Our Summer Internship lasts seven weeks during the summer months and is broken down into three main components:
- Summer Camp Staff: Alongside a Camp Director and high school StreetLeaders, Summer Interns are involved in leading a high energy, fun-filled summer camp for children from 1st to 5th grade from 8 AM to 3 PM. Interns help spearhead activities like games, skits, and songs, as well as teach Bible, art and discovery classes. Interns also have the opportunity to share their specific gifts and talents during “options”: classes that children can choose from that range from anything from movie making to bracelet making. Summer Camp is a great place for Interns to share their creativity and personality with our children.
- “Menternship” (mentoring a Charlotte youth): As we begin to develop our high school StreetLeaders into the kind of servant leaders that Charlotte needs, Summer Interns play a vital role in pouring into their lives by being an example of Christian leaders and helping them improve as classroom assistants. Each Intern will be paired up with high school StreetLeaders and will serve as a “mentern” for the duration of the summer. The menternship system doesn’t stop when you leave camp; every week you will also have intentional meetings with your youth, either one-on-one or as a group with other mentern pairs, in order to develop more profound relationships.
- Community Living: This final component is perhaps the most challenging for many Interns: eating, sleeping, cooking, praying, and working with others. Through regular times of worship, teaching, excursions, and community dinners, there are plenty of opportunities for spiritual growth. Our interns come from different walks of life and different parts of the world but unite around the ideal of the second greatest commandment: love your neighbor as yourself.