What is the Internship?
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
The year-round intern program is designed for people who are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and desire to join our staff to help create and provide an environment where staff, volunteers, and guests can experience Christ. We believe this will be a life-changing experience where each intern will grow spiritually, personally, relationally, and professionally and will come away more energized and prepared for a lifetime of service. Interns will experience many facets of Christian Camping and see if they want to make a career out of it.
CRISTA Camps is committed to making the year-round internship both challenging and rewarding. Much will be asked and much will be given as we serve Christ in a community of believers. Interns will be involved in Bible study, small groups, worship, sharing and fellowship, as well as one-on-one mentor relationships, all while living and working at our two camps. The program dates are September 1st, 2013 through August 31st, 2014. Interns must be willing to commit to all aspects of the program which will focus on Christ, Discipleship, Community and Career.
“I deliberately kept it plain and simple; first Jesus and who He is; then Jesus and what He did-Jesus crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
The most important aspect of the year-round internship program is spiritual growth. This can only happen through surrender; surrender to the Lord, surrender to challenging circumstances and struggles, and surrender of self. It is only by God’s grace that we are saved. We are all on a journey of learning to be more like Jesus, not to please God, but to live like he meant us to live. Further, we believe the Bible is central to our spiritual growth and what we desire to do with the intern program.
“To open their eyes…that they may receive.” Acts 26:18
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
We take discipleship seriously and hope that through mentor relationships by those further on in the journey, the interns will be able to dig deeper in their spiritual growth and be equipped to disciple others. Interns will also meet collectively and in small groups. These are designed to be times of exploration into each other’s lives, and will be key in creating a community defined by love and truth. A component of discipleship is leadership development. We believe that building the next generation of leaders is one of the most important things we could be doing. Jesus invested in twelve disciples as the future of the Church. We want to continue that tradition by challenging the interns to understand and grow in their leadership potential. Through many opportunities and challenges, interns are given fertile ground to grow in their ability to lead.
“You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God, and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.” James 3:18(MSG)
Community, with God and with others, is central to our journey as Christians. We desire for the intern community to be one where the interns are challenging each other be more like Jesus. This program will include up to 16 interns, who spend their year living, eating and working together. Living in such a unique communal environment is both a blessing and a challenge that requires selflessness. Interns will grow in their understanding of what it means to build deep, caring and healthy relationships with others.
“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.” Mathew 9:36-38
In our current culture, the gap between becoming a “teenager” and becoming an “adult” is continuing to grow. We want to reverse this trend by walking alongside the interns as they discover their God-given passions and skills. Interns serve in many roles that contribute greatly to the overall mission and vision of camps. They will be trained and expected to work in all areas of CRISTA Camps operations. Interns will also be receiving aptitude and gift/talent testing in addition to their performance reviews. The combined results along with personal dialogue will be used to help each intern explore vocational opportunities within ministry. Our desire is that each intern would complete her/his internship with a more clear sense of God’s calling in their lives.
Much will be asked of the interns and much will be given, as we serve Christ in a community of believers. Interns will be involved in Bible study, small groups, worship, sharing and fellowship, as well as one-on-one mentor relationships, all while living and working at our two camps. The interns responsibilities and expectations will build through the school year and culminate in the summer with leadership opportunities among the summer staff. Interns will be challenged to look beyond themselves and serve each other, guest groups and the mission of CRISTA Camps. We ask each intern to serve by giving their time, energy and resources for the duration of the internship. The full-time camp staff also desire to give back by generously giving time, energy, grace, resources and opportunities to each intern.
THE INTERN PROGRAM IS:
- CHRIST CENTERED
- DISCIPLESHIP DRIVEN
- FLEXIBLE AND RELATIONAL
- GRACE BASED
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20b
2013-2014 Internship Positions
Interns will be assigned to a camp department for the duration of the school year; Program- (hosting guest groups, program activities, sound and video operations, skate park, etc...), Maintenance-(general repairs, landscaping, vehicle operation and maintenance, etc..), Kitchen- (food-prep, store operations and inventory, inventory, meal service, etc..), Marketing- (design, recruiting, events, etc.) and Horsemanship- (feeding, cleaning, wrangling, etc.). Each intern will spend 1 day a week in Housekeeping-(cabin turnover, laundry, general cleaning, etc...). When guest groups are in, interns may be asked to work outside their designated department to serve the guest group.
Deans– Serve the other interns by functioning as the first authority level for interns. Support, encourage, counsel and contribute to intern unity and spiritual growth. Serve as hosts for guest groups. (1 Female, 1 Male)
Program– Serve in guest services (hosting), program planning (weekend and summer games, skits, theme, etc.), program activities (paintball, skate park, moto-x, ropes, etc.), summer staff recruiting and volunteer coordinating.
Maintenance– Serve in facilities by doing general repairs, landscaping, vehicle operation, preventative maintenance and special projects.
Kitchen– Serve in kitchen by doing food-prep, inventory, meal service and leading meal crews.
Horsemanship– Serve in the horse program by leading Horse Weekends, organizing trail rides, feeding and cleaning of animals, and supporting the other horse events and programs.
Trail Bike program – Serve in the trail bike program by leading year-round motorcycle events, maintaining fleet of Yamaha TTR 110s and 125s and carrying out all other aspects of the program.
Marketing– Work alongside marketing department in graphic design and development of promo material, marketing of events, and assisting with the general marketing plan.
Housekeeping– Serve our camps by leading turnovers and doing routine and deep cleaning at both properties and working creatively to make sure guests have a great first impression of camp.
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Interns will be assigned to a camp department for the duration of the school year; Program, Maintenance, Kitchen, Marketing and Horsemanship. Interns will work and spend time at each property (Island Lake and Miracle Ranch) and will live in gender specific housing primarily based out of Miracle Ranch. During the school year, interns will spend one day each week focused on spiritual growth by participating in bible studies, one-on-ones and personal time with God. Interns then spend five days each week working in their camp department. Finally, interns get one day off without camp or internship responsibilities (local church involvement is strongly encouraged and accommodated where possible).
In addition to the invaluable life experience, Year-Round Interns will be paid $850.00/ month, before taxes. Interns will also receive room and partial board during the school-season and complete board during the summer camping season. Health insurance is not provided with the internship. Intern selection typically begins June- August, however we take applications all year long for next year’s intern session. Applicants must be eighteen years of age or older and graduated from high school. Some positions require the applicant to have completed at least one year of college or equivalent experience.
The weekly schedule is an important part of the intern program. During the school year, interns will spend one day each week focused on their spiritual growth through bible studies, one-on-ones and personal time with God. Interns then spend five days each week working in their camp department, guest services (hosting, activities, hospitality, etc.), activities or housekeeping. Finally, interns get one day off without any camp or internship responsibilities. As camp is a very busy and dynamic environment, the following schedule is a general weekly schedule that will be followed where possible. Due to varying needs between departments, the schedule will vary between intern positions.
SCHOOL YEAR WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Sunday: Guest Group Services/ Day Off for those not needed in Guest Service
Monday: Turnover Day (all Interns)
Tuesday: Area Work/ Day Off for those who worked Sunday
Wednesday: R&R Day (Staff Meeting, Intern Meeting, One on One’s, Rest and Renewal)
Thursday: Area Work Day
Friday: Area Work Day/ Guest Group Prep
Saturday: Guest Group Services/ Area Work for those not needed in Guest Service
What is CRISTA Camps all about?
All activities and programs at Island Lake and Miracle Ranch are driven by an identical mission: to love God by serving youth and those who serve and disciple them, through exceptional camp experiences and excellent facilities, in order to introduce them to Jesus Christ and strengthen their relationships with Him.
What positions are available?
See list above
When does the 2013/ 2014 Internship start/end?
The internship formally starts in the beginning of September 2013 and goes through the end of August 2014. This is the ideal schedule however we are flexible with the start and end dates, if someone is the right fit. Please contact us (contact info below), if you have questions regarding this.
When will I find out if I'm accepted in the program?
Applicants are considered for positions after we have received a completed application and three reference forms. After you submit your application, you will receive an email requesting your reference information. Once the application process has been completed, applicants should hear back from us within two weeks.
2013/2014 Applications - APPLY NOW!
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