Bay Area Student Ministry Internship
Dear Internship Applicant,
Being an intern for the Student Ministry of Bay Area Community Church is a HUGE commitment! In short, we are looking for individuals who have a passion for Christ, a love for students, and a desire to pursue ministry. Yes, we crack a lot of intern jokes. Yes, being an intern is challenging. Yes, we are going to stretch you to grow spiritually, personally, and professionally through your intern experience.
So...for all the hours you will spend serving at the church, experimenting with sleep deprivation, making coffee runs for staff, eating really bad camp food, and putting up with all this, what are the benefits from the intern experience?
- Reaching Others - Colossians 1:6. You are an active part of what God is doing in this world to share the truly good news of hope and a future; what you are doing matters!
- Impacting Eternity - 1 Peter 5:2—4. Most people make their decisions about faith by age 18; recent research is showing that most form values by age 12-14. You are investing in one of God’s highest callings – the precious lives of students!
- Discovering your PLACE in the Body - Ephesians 4:11—16. You are getting hands-on ministry experience that will help affirm what you do best in the body of Christ.
- Experience - 1 Thessalonians 2:8. As you share your life with students, you get to experience the ups and downs, joys and frustrations, fun and struggle of real ministry in real time.
- Being Equipped - The student ministry staff makes an unusually high level of commitment to you; we will not only train you, but passion for ministry is “caught as much as it is taught.”
- A Ministry Outlet - Many young adults spend their entire college years centered on themselves. You have an intentional avenue to invest in God’s kingdom and discover how you minister best.
- A Title and Resume Entry - You are experiencing ministry in one of the fastest growing churches and ministries in the Annapolis area. For the rest of your life you will remember and utilize what you learned at Bay Area Community Church!
- Relational Fun - John 10:10. Life is too short to waste it; we love what we do and we get to “do life” together while serving – the perfect combination. Lasting relationships are formed between interns and our student ministry staff – you become a permanent part of the “BASM Family.”
As you continue through this Internship Program packet, please prayerfully consider God’s calling on your life. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have been praying in advance that God will send us the interns that He most wants partnering with us this year.
Because He’s Worthy,
Student Ministry Pastor
To help raise the next generation of student ministry leaders and place them in significant ministry positions that make disciples of Christ.
Interns will experience all aspects of our student ministry, and will also be exposed to the entire Bay Area Community Church ministry. Programming gatherings, leading bible studies, teaching, event planning, media, design, administration, and worship are all aspects of what the internship will entail. Interns will work a full-time schedule from Sunday-Thursday, with special events like camps, trips, retreats, and conferences as well. This program is designed to prepare, shape, and develop interns for full-time ministry.
- Be a person who does things with excellence, enthusiasm, and as an example to others.
- Embrace that coaching, feedback & accountability are vital parts of our church culture.
- Desire to fulfill the biblical purposes in your life and ministry
- Have prior ministry experience (staff or volunteer)
- Be a growing Christian who believes in the ministry of the local church
- Agree to follow the Policies and Guidelines of BASM.
- Interns will also need the following: laptop computer, cell phone with ability to text, car in good running condition – all of these are necessities for this position.
3 Levels of Internship
A: Summer Intern (10-12 weeks; mid-May – mid-August)
B: Semester Intern Fall Semester
C: Semester Intern Spring Semester
4 Areas of Training/Exposure
- Regular reading and discussion of books on personal growth, leadership, student ministry (to be assigned)
- Attend workshop/seminars as assigned.
- Exposure to the inner workings of a church ministry.
- Weekly one-on-one mentoring with student ministry staff
- Twice-monthly meetings with a different department of BACC (Children’s, Global Outreach, Gatherings, Care Network, Women’s, etc.)
- Mentor a group of three to four same gender students of the duration of the internship
3. Practical Ministry Experience
- Responsibility for overseeing one specific ministry event (TBD)
- Lead a weekly bible study of either middle or high school students
- Contact work/build relationship with middle or high school students.
4. Future Ministry Planning
- Create a plan for an outreach/evangelistic event
- Create a plan for training other interns how to mentor students
- Develop a philosophy of ministry
- Create a personal plan for future ministry opportunities
General Work Schedule
Your daily work schedule will be determined when your internship starts. However, you should be prepared to work a full week’s schedule with sometimes irregular hours including evenings and weekends. This is due to the nature of student ministry events.
What You Can Expect From BASM
The Internship will emphasize four areas during your time of ministry here at Bay Area Community Church:
- We will EDUCATE you in how to build and lead a ministry
- We will EQUIP you to live a Christ-centered life
- We will EXERCISE and develop your ministry skills
- We will EMPOWER you to succeed in your future ministry
Benefits To The Intern
- Exposure of the inner workings of a large church ministry
- Development of a personal action plan for future ministry
- Access to regular teaching, training, mentorship, and discipleship
- Utilizing one’s work hours to advance God’s Kingdom through ministry in the church
- Being a part of team with a common mission that honors Christ
- Being part of a growing church that is having a significant impact on people in the church and outside the church locally, regionally, and globally
- Personal satisfaction of stewarding your gifts and skills to help make passionate, maturing followers of Christ
After The Internship
After completing the internship program, you will be equipped, trained, and ready to pursue your next step in ministry. With the skills and experience you will gain, consideration for longer internships, full/part time positions, or recommendation for church plant positions are possibilities. We also can be a resource and reference for placement at other churches or ministry positions.
Policies and Guidelines
- Use disciplined and edifying speech both inside and outside of church.
- Be on time for all meetings and appointments.
- Maintain appropriate relationships with opposite gender. No one-onone time with students of opposite gender.
- No romantic relationships with other staff or interns during the contracted internship period. Romantic or emotional relationships with middle or high school students are forbidden and will result in immediate termination of internship.
- Maintain reliable transportation during the course of the internship.
- Be a good steward of personal time management.
- Minimize distractions of a personal nature during work hours – personal social media, YouTube, phone calls, texting, errands, etc. should be kept to a minimum.
- Dress appropriately during work hours both inside and outside of church.
- No use of non-prescription drugs, alcohol, and/or tobacco products during ministry hours or while in the presence of any students
- Maintain healthy communications with students’ parents. Remember that they are a vital part of our ministry. Interns should introduce themselves as an “intern” and interact with parents. Parents appreciate learning about our interns and their role in the ministry.
- Interns will not transport students unless they are over 21 years of age. If transporting students interns will: always wear seatbelts, observe speed limits, observe safe rules of driving, no horseplay while in vehicles.
- Be mindful of inappropriate media: observe media guidelines of PG-13 and R rated movies. Be careful of music containing inappropriate lyrics. Be aware of videos games with inappropriate ratings.
- Maintain appropriate relationships on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, etc. Remember that you are communicating largely with students under the age of 18.
- Interns will be provided a 30 minute lunch break each day. Any deviations from set intern schedule (such as days off, etc.) must be requested in writing one week in advance.
- When leading students, always remember the Four P's:
- Sometimes you're their pastor, so shepherd the Lord's children under your care.
- Sometimes you're their pal, so be a friend.
- Sometimes you're their parent, so share wisdom and discernment as a parent would.
- Sometimes you're the policeman, so draw the boundaries and enforce the rules.
- The Three “Hurts”: Adult leaders must immediately report to the Student Ministry Pastor if a minor discusses harming himself/herself or others, committing a crime or being abused in any way. There are limits to confidentially when working with students. Questions about such cases or other issues of confidentiality must be discussed promptly with the Student Ministry Pastor. Always consider the following ‘Three Hurts’ when contemplating if you need to break confidence in your relationship with a student:
- When a student is being hurt, contact the Student Ministry Pastor.
- When a student is hurting others, contact the Student Ministry Pastor.
- When a student is hurting themselves, contact the Student Ministry Pastor.
Application Due Dates and Program Duration:
A: Summer Internship: application must be received by March 1. We will notify applicants of their status by April 1. Internship starts mid-May and ends mid-August – specific dates TBD.
B/C: Semester Internship
- Fall Semester: application must be received by July 15. We will notify applicants of their status by August 15. Internship starts September 1 and ends mid-December.
- Spring Semester: application must be received by November 15. We will notify applicants of their status by December 15. Internship starts early-January and ends early-May.
Step #1: Complete online application form via the Student Ministry website (www.bayareacc.org/basm) under the Resource tab. We recommend applying as far in advance as possible of your anticipated start date.
Step #2: We will conduct 1-2 phone interviews or one face-to-face interview. Interviews will be conducted by the Student Ministry Pastor and/or staff. References will be checked following the interview(s).
Step #3: You will be contacted by one of our Student Ministry staff following the interview process. At that time, we will let you know if you have been accepted into the internship program.
Step #4: All necessary employment forms should be completed and returned to our office prior to the start of your internship.
Stipend for interns is $225+ per week over the duration of the internship.
Interns will be reimbursed for any pre-approved ministry related expenses such as books, materials, discipleship/visitation expenses, event costs such as camp registration fees, etc.
Because the true nature of these internships is to provide real-life ministry exposure and training, interns should not maintain other jobs outside of their internship with Bay Area. This will allow the intern to focus his/her full attention to completing the assigned tasks and requirements of the internship. Special circumstances will be taken into consideration on a caseby-case basis.
Interns are expected to have their own reliable transportation in order to perform daily responsibilities.
All interns are required to maintain health insurance during the entirety of their internship. Insurance is not provided by Bay Area Community Church. We must have proof of health insurance before your internship can begin.
Bay Area will attempt to provide housing at no cost for interns who do not live in the greater Annapolis area. We work with families and volunteers in our ministry to accommodate each intern. Housing will typically be a basement apartment or room. We can assist Interns in finding an apartment or rental house should they need assistance, but he/she will be responsible for the expense.
We will work with each intern to establish a weekly work schedule as well as weekly days off. Any vacation time or sick days taken will be without pay. Vacation times should be scheduled several weeks in advance, and cannot interfere with major student ministry events such as middle school and/or high school summer camp/retreat.
When does the program begin and when should I apply?
See above for start/end dates, as well as application dates.
How many interns do you accept?
Typically, we accept 1-2 per start date.
When will I find out if I am approved for the position?
See above for acceptance dates.
After being accepted, when will I begin?
Our staff will work with you to agree upon an exact start and end date.
Can I continue taking college classes while completing my internship?
Yes, classes may be taken during non-work hours as long as it does not conflict with your internship schedule. The intern is responsible for the cost of any classes being taken.
What will I be doing on a weekly basis?
While no two weeks of student ministry ever look exactly the same (especially during the summer months), it is our goal to have every intern spend some time each week in the below areas. A typical work week for interns is 30+ hours per week. Weeks of retreats, camps, and special events will require more hours.
- Ministry Experience
- Relationship building (visiting students, attending students’ events/activities, campus lunches, etc.)
- Disciple students, lead bible studies, teach in gatherings
- Event planning and preparation (retreats, summer camp, Club 678, special events)
- Gathering planning and production
- Follow up and assimilation of visitors/new believers
- Office Time
- BACC staff meetings
- BASM staff meeting
- General office responsibilities
- Meeting every week with student ministry pastor
- Meeting twice per month with a different ministry department director/pastor
- Lead a weekly same-gender bible study that disciples students.
- Reading assigned books
- Attend train, conferences, workshops, etc
What happens when I have completed the internship?
It is our goal to provide each intern with a practical, real-life ministry experience. As the intern progresses through his/her internship, it will be his/her responsibility to form both a philosophy of ministry as well as an action plan for ‘next steps’ after the internship ends. We will work with each intern to help him/her form that plan, offer coaching should they look to seek outside employment in full-time ministry, and offer references/referrals as they seek employment in ministry/non-ministry positions.
Who is the average applicant?
Applicants should be at least 18 years of age, enrolled in an undergraduate college program and have some previous ministry (preferably student ministry) experience. They must be willing to be mentored and trained during the entire duration of their internship. Individuals with unique circumstances should inquire directly to the Student Ministry Pastor before applying.
What are the minimum requirements to be considered for a internship?
- Enrolled in an undergraduate program preferably with a concentration in student ministry.
- Calling to some form of local church student ministry
- Interns must provide their own transportation and health insurance.
How much support do I need to raise?
None, unless your financial situation requires an amount above and beyond the $225/week stipend. We will attempt to provide housing to out of state interns, but the intern will be responsible for other living expenses, including meals, cell phone, car payment, insurance, etc.
Does Bay Area Community Church provide benefits to interns?
No. Interns are required to cover their own insurance and other related benefits.
Do I have to find my own housing?
Bay Area Student Ministry will attempt to provide a host home for single interns – although this is not guaranteed. Interns will need to provide for all other expenses.
Can I have another job during the internship?
Every financial situation is unique and we desire to be sensitive. We strongly prefer that interns not work because of the time commitment required. In unique circumstances we will allow for a part-time job.
Can I still have an internship if I don’t agree with Bay Area’s theology?
All interns must agree with BACC Statement of Faith in order to participate in the program. If you hold differences in areas not in our tradition, please indicate during the application process.
Do I need to have my own transportation?
This checklist should help clarify the process and ensure you have completed all steps
- Complete online internship application.
- Email a current photo of yourself to Lauren Gibeault.
- After we receive your application and picture the student ministry office will contact you to set-up the interview(s) with the Student Ministry Pastor and/or Staff member.
- We will contact you regardless of your acceptance.
- If you have been accepted into the program after these steps, you will contacted with an official offer by the dates stated above in the Application Process. The student ministry office will need to know if you accept the position within 48 hours of an offer.