The Great Land Christian Church of Anchorage, Alaska is looking for hard-working, motivated people who are interested in learning about ministry in an entirely new way. This internship teaches the heart of ministry through a summer of hard work that makes a direct, meaningful impact on others. It's guaranteed to strengthen and stretch your faith, and it will challenge you to think more about what it means to be a minister of the gospel. We invite you to apply for our summer internship program for the summer of 2016.
So what will this internship look like?
The Great Land Christian Church, in cooperation with the Alaska Chapter of HOPE worldwide, operates a new, unique youth camp in Talkeetna, Alaska, called the Gateway to the Arctic Camp. Today's youth are becoming increasingly disconnected from the food they eat, and the work that is required to get it to the table. This camp is an agriculturally-based, service-oriented youth camp that focuses on agricultural education, but also teaches the value of great work ethic and service. This camp assists in the positive development of disadvantaged youth and has impacted—and will continue to impact—many lives.
Our interns will be responsible for several aspects of the camp's operation. They will play a major role in construction activities for new buildings and improvements, planning and implementing youth camps, coordinating volunteers, and more. In addition, they will serve as leaders for the three HOPE Youth Corps programs that will serve at the camp during the summer. Throughout the internship program, interns will be trained to think more deeply about their faith, to challenge their notions of ministry, to share God's word in new and practical ways, and to learn to connect to God in everything they do. Ultimately, interns will gain new insight into what it means to make a meaningful difference in this world for God.
What kind of interns are you looking for?
We are looking for interns that are willing to work hard, get dirty, and learn new skills. Interns must be willing to live off the grid with limited electricity and running water. Construction skills are preferred, but we are prepared to work with anyone who is willing to learn and commit to a summer of service in Alaska. A desire to serve, build character, and strengthen faith is a must. Interns must be available for the majority of the summer, preferably mid-May to mid-August. However, dates are flexible based on the individual.
What are the benefits?
- Training: Interns will learn not only how to make a real impact on others' lives, but will also learn several technical skills that are applicable in various aspects of life. This includes training in the use of power tools, construction applications, volunteer recruitment, volunteer management and leadership, and more.
- Housing: Interns will receive free room and board (that's right, all of your meals) for the duration of their service.
But the real benefit: Being part of an incredible, meaningful experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Take a look at what last summer's interns thought about the program:
"The Gateway to the Arctic will put your faith to the test as you learn to love and serve beyond what you thought possible. You will make some of the best friendships, and you won't want to go home. The Toronto church is a better place having allowed me to spend the time there. I am a better leader, disciple, and am grateful for everything God provides for me because I learned to live with little. This internship is truly the last frontier." – Chris Ludlow, Toronto, Ontario
"Greatest part about this internship versus other internships I have done is that it is practical. The whole reason God has kept us on earth is because he wants us to make it better. That doesn't come from just talking about the Bible; it comes from living it out. On this internship, you wake up every morning and you work hard in order to make a difference on people and in some way make their life better. I was able to exemplify Jesus while working hard far better than I could have explained him to someone around a table. I have done numerous internships and have learned a lot from them all. When I was on
campus reaching out and doing Bible studies, I became well equipped with the scriptures. I learned how to respond to questions, talk to people, and ask the right questions. But during this internship, you lived out the scriptures, you put them to the test, and you finally understand. I highly suggest this internship if you want to really understand what it's like to actually live out the scriptures, not just memorize them." – Jake Mitchell, Kansas City, Kansas
"The Gateway to the Arctic Camp, located in the heart of Alaska, is inspiring to say the least. Hours of hard work there have shaped not only physical muscles, but also character. If you like nature, building projects, tinkering, solving problems, and helping people, then this is definitely a wonderful experience that I encourage you to pursue. Personally, I have been a disciple now for over six years, and these three months of summer that I spent in Alaska have helped me form deeper friendships and learn how to apply scriptures in my life better than ever before. I deeply appreciate each person I met and worked with, as well as the life lessons I learned every, single day." – Lindsay Lucera, Flagstaff, Arizona