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Summer Opportunities for Young Adults

Posted by Kayla Parker // April 13th 2012 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // no comments

Below is a compilation of different training and internship opportunities for young adults that have heard about over the last couple of weeks. Feel free to let us know of other opportunities and we’ll be happy to update. -Ed.

Interfaith Training with Interfaith Youth Core

College students who are interested in establishing an interfaith group on campus are encouraged to apply for Interfaith Leadership Institute, a spectacular summer training with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC, Eboo Patel‘s organization). This is open to both students who are involved in a campus ministry and those who are not.

Please contact Kayla directly at ya-cm@uua.org if you are interested in attending or know someone who you think would be enriched by this experience. We are dedicated to financially assisting UU students who would like to attend.

  • Direct link to Interfaith Leadership Institute information.
  • Blog post by Mary Ellen Giess, a UU and employee at IFYC who organizes this training, on the impact of interfaith on her religious experience as an undergraduate. Mary Ellen is looking forward to meeting and working directly with the UU students who attend the training – a great opportunity!


Global Justice Summer Internship Program with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s (UUSC) first Global Justice Summer Internship Program will be in partnership with the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP). One of the leading peasant organizations in Haiti and a world leader in food-sovereignty issues, MPP empowers Haitian peasants to claim their political and human rights. For the summer of 2012, they are seeking an English teacher and a videographer/video-editing intern.

UUSC offers this internship in collaboration with MPP specifically for young adults interested in exploring global social-justice issues in a Unitarian Universalist (UU) context. Candidates will be expected to engage in daily spiritual practices. A pre-trip orientation will prepare interns for work in Haiti and provide a background in UU traditions of social justice and action.


Young Adult Outreach Internship with UU Ministry for Earth

The Young Adult Outreach Intern will connect and inspire an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth is seeking a young adult who will help us to build the network and identify the support needed by young adults to become more involved in environmental work. The summer internship will accomplish the following:

• Identify young adult UUs who are doing environmental work in their regions, states, congregation, District or campus
• Identify young adult UUs who could connect UUMFE resources and programs with groups in their regions, states, congregation, District or campus
• Make connections with the UUA Young Adult office to find out what kind of training and support they have available for young adults doing environmental work
• Document leadership opportunities both within and without UU organizations that are available for young adults interested in environmental work and environmental justice
• Attend General Assembly in Phoenix (expenses paid) to set up focus groups and other types of meetings with Young Adult to meet strategic objectives related to outreach and information gathering. Help staff the UUMFE booth at scheduled times.
• Make connections with the Continental UU Young Adult Network and potentially attend Opus, their gathering in Toronto, August 8-12, to continue building the network of young adults interested in environmental work
• Make recommendations to the UUMFE Board on ways to strengthen relationships with and meet the needs of young adult UUs.

The internship will run from June 1 through September 30, 2012. A stipend of $3000 will be given in return for an expected 200 hours of work. Expenses for attending General Assembly, and if appropriate, Opus, will be covered.

The intern will work closely with a UUMFE Board member to create a work plan, set intermediate objectives, and to determine the success of the project.

Interested candidates should be between the ages of 20 and 35. Send resume, three references, and the answer to this question (one page or less): Why should you be selected as the UUMFE Young Adult intern?

Applications are due by May 1; e-mail to nancykingsmith@mac.com. Contact Nancy King Smith at that address or 216-496-3543 with questions.

About the Author

Kayla Parker is editor of Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood. She is currently a seminarian at Yale Divinity School, and Ministerial Intern at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden, CT.
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