GBCS Offers Leadership Development Opportunities for “Social Justice-Minded Students"

Date Posted: 1/4/2011

Get started now to meet the Jan. 10, 2011, deadline to apply for a 2011 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C. The EYA program is for 18 to 22-year olds with an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change.


Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), the nine-week summer internship program is for young adults representing the five ethnic minority caucuses of The United Methodist Church: Native Americans, Pacific-Islanders, Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans.


Interns will work in social justice placements in Washington D.C. from May 28 to July 31. GBCS will provide roundtrip transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; housing for the eight-week EYA Internship; commuter stipend for travel to intern work sites; and $1,500 for each intern for the eight-week period.


Interns will live in a Christian community. Work placements will be  supplemented by evening intern-led devotions, Friday seminars on

topics of social justice concern, area field trips, and Sunday worship in area

United Methodist churches.


Participants must commit to being present at these activities. The intern group will experience the rich, diversity of The United Methodist Church by visiting a different congregation each Sunday. Congregations will reflect

diversity in ethnic makeup as well as worship style.


Applicants must be in good academic standing at their college or university, demonstrate evidence of their concern for social justice through extracurricular activity, academic study and have some history of involvement in their church and/or community.


If employed full-time, applicants must show active leadership and participation in their local church and community, including involvement

in social justice activities. EYA is funded through GBCS’s Ethnic Local Church

Grant program.


Participants are expected to return to their schools, churches and communities with an increased commitment to working with and on behalf of marginalized groups in society. Participants are also expected to share their experience with other persons from their community, school and church.


Application and recommendation forms may be obtained from the GBCS Web site:


2011 EYA Internship Application Form

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2011 EYA Recommendation Form

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For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie at 202-488-5611 or, assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Formation, General Board of Church & Society, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002,.