Summer Impact Internship

We believe the next generation of church leaders have gifts to share, spirits to nurture, and dreams to fulfill. Summer Impact provides summer internship experiences for 3 to 5 young adults who are at least 18 years old and one year out of high school in the mission fields of Cincinnati, Ohio and Tijuana, Mexico.

As a way to deepen your love and understanding of God while exploring God’s call on your life, interns will lead groups in serving, worship, and reflection. The goal is that this experience will further your discipleship of Jesus, deepen your leadership abilities, and encourage meaningful Christian service throughout your life. You will be mentored, challenged, and motivated throughout the summer.

This summer, we are providing a new experience for interns – being part of the leadership team for a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico in June. The mission trip will consist of a team of youth and adults serving with Tijuana Christian Mission in the work that God and the people are already doing. This unique opportunity will act as additional training to prepare for the Summer Impact teams.

Qualities Needed of an Intern:

  • Love of God and others
  • A heart for service
  • Desire to build relationships
  • Thrives working on a team
  • Willingness to be challenged and stretched in areas of faith, leadership, service, and relationships
  • Teachable spirit
  • Humility
  • Adaptability
  • Patience
  • Self-starter

Interns Responsibilities:

  • Help create and lead meaningful morning Bible studies and evening worship services
  • Lead team in morning/evening meal preparation and clean up
  • Build relationships with teams, facilitating small as well as larger group bonding
  • Facilitate and guide any team downtime (generally in the evenings). Be present with the teams.
  • Facilitate shower time (when needed)
  • Lead assigned team in daily service opportunity with one (or two) of our ministry partners
  • Leading by example in order to encourage each person to serve with an open heart to meet the needs of others and to try and find opportunities for service in any given situation
  • Answer any questions that teams may have about what to expect while serving, or what they will need to prepare/bring with them
  • Communicate any changes in scheduling to teams
  • Partner with leaders from team to handle any issues that arise
  • Serve as the contact liaison between your team and Kate, office staff, maintenance, etc.
  • Be part of leadership team for Tijuana, Mexico Mission trip for Hyde Park Community in June

What to Expect:

The work is demanding. The days are long. The pace is fast. The conditions are far from luxurious. But, the rewards are truly life-changing. You will see the lives changed and the hearts transformed. Best of all, you will know that for one entire summer, you did all you could and gave everything you had to serve alongside others and serve God.

While groups are present (Sunday afternoon – Friday afternoon) the days will start early and end late. When the team leaves on Friday, interns have that evening through Sunday afternoon (before groups arrive) as time off. Attending church (at Hyde Park Community UMC, Over-the Rhine Community Church, or another faith community) is expected as a way to continue to grow as a disciple.


The deadline has past to apply for the internship in 2019, but please consider applying in 2020!

Intern Application


Returning Intern Application


Reference Form


The application and three references (non-family members) are due on February 11, 2019.


$2,000 – $3,000* stipend PLUS Mexico Mission Trip 100% covered, housing at the church for the entire summer program, food when teams are on campus, and up to 1o Summer Impact t-shirts.  Interns are required to live on site for the duration of training, Summer Program, and debriefing.

*Compensation will be determined by March 30 and depends on number of interns and cost of the plane ticket for the Mexico Mission Trip.


Important Dates:

Intern Applications and References Due by:   February 11, 2019

Interviews at HPCUMC:    TBD (plan for early March)

Summer Intern Team 2019 Announced by:     March 30

Intern Move-in for Summer Program:    May 31

Training:   June 1 – 3

Mexico Mission Trip: June 7 – 13

First Summer Impact Team Arrives:    June 16

Last Summer Impact Team Leaves:    July 26

Exit Interviews/Summer Wrap-up:    July 27 – July 31

Intern Move out:    July 31

If you have any questions, please contact Kate Smith at