During the summer between the two Elijah Project classes, participants complete a 6-12 week internship. These individually designed internships provide a hands-on opportunity to “try-on” a particular type of work or service, and/or explore answers to pressing local and global challenges. Scholarships are available to supplement low-paying or nonpaying internships.
Students intern across the US and the globe, and internships span a broad range of opportunities: serving at a health clinic in Togo, Honduras, or Nepal; advocating for Dalit rights and women’s issues in India, doing Bible translation in Papua New Guinea; and working in the US and abroad in fields like sustainable agriculture, microfinance, youth ministry, midwifery, mental health, marketing and graphic design.
Nicaragua: advocacy for urban street market workers
Nepal and Togo: rural medical care
East Africa: writing and doing journalism training for CURE hospitals
Haiti: microfinance and community development
Mukti Mission: writing publications and tutoring English among disadvantaged women and children
BIRDS: orphan care and child sponsorship
Visthar: internship with International Social Justice organization
Sri Lanka: reconciliation work with Sri Lanka Unites
Swaziland: international Social Work
Honduras: physical therapy in the developing world
France: internship with French missionary
experiential education in youth and community development
S. Africa and Lesotho: church planting and Christian education
Guatemala: community development through theological training and leadership development among indigenous pastors
English and physical education
filmmaking and editing
small business ownership and management
accounting and economic research
theater production and lighting design
urban youth development and African relief work with Bikes-Not-Bombs
internship with the Senate Republicans
crisis pregnancy center
Detroit, MI: ministry with inner-city youth
New York, NY: internships with various artists and authors
Cleveland, Tennessee: music production
Raytheon Corp., Billerica, MA: analyzing data and offering solutions for corporate efficiency
Kansas City, MO: music therapy
San Francisco, CA: internship with Not-For-Sale Campaign
Multiple US locations:
Sustainable agriculture, food justice, theology of food/farming/faith
"Being in the Elijah Project has given me space to question and reflect on the fundamentals of life, truth, humanity. What it means to be a good human, what it means to live a good life—those are the things that give meaning to the activities of daily life. And it has allowed me to have the trip of a lifetime—an internship in India for 3 months, which radically transformed my life and continues to color my conversations, thoughts, practices, and prayers."
"The Elijah Project provides an opportunity for you to get into the real world and explore an area of interest. My summer internship working with refugee high school students turned out to be one of the most formative experiences of my college career. I was inspired by the students’ dedication and saddened by the magnitude of challenges they face. Working with them to overcome some of these challenges filled my summer with joy and meaning. It is work I can see myself doing for a long time and hope to pursue after Gordon."
"The experience from my internship this summer has made a huge difference in the way I respond to my studies and how I enjoy my classes. I can connect my experiences and passions with what I'm learning and I feel I have more direction as to what I would like to do with my major, giving me more purpose to my college experience. It has inspired me to new and exciting ways of pursuing psychology."