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Josiah Gorter, Kellan Day and Nicole Schmitt during their summer internshipsJubilee Fellows

Apply for the Jubilee Fellows Program

There are several steps in the selection process for the Jubilee Fellows program. Students complete an online application. Candidates then participate in a group interview. Finally, students are interviewed individually by members of the selection committee. Twelve students are selected and invited to participate in the program.

Program Requirements

Applying for the Jubilee Fellows program implies your understanding of and compliance with the following requirements:
1. Currently a Calvin junior applying for participation during your junior and senior years (spring, summer, and fall of 2017).
2. Strong inclination toward leadership and future participation in Christian ministry in a church setting.
3. A suggested minimum GPA of 3.3. If your GPA is lower than 3.3, you are still able to apply. We will consider your GPA alongside your complete application and your interviews in order to determine if you are qualified for the program.
4. Available to attend the Calvin Symposium on Worship to be held January 26-28, 2017 (during interim break).
5. Available to participate in the Jubilee Fellows seminar course, Spring Semester 2017 (CMS 378). This course meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:15-9:15 p.m.
6. Available for a full-time 10-week church-based internship in the summer of 2017. The exact internship dates vary and are decided upon once an internship location has been determined.
7. Available to attend a reflection retreat at the end of August. Attendance is not negotiable (with the exception of students departing early for fall semesters abroad).
8. Agree to serve Calvin College in a ministry-related capacity during the fall of 2017 (approximately 40 hours).
9. The stipend received entails payment of social security and income taxes.

Application components

A complete application to the Jubilee Fellows program will include the following components:

1. A one-page professional resume that includes your education information (major/minor(s), GPA, etc.), as well as activities reflecting service and leadership in the church, college and/or community.  Indicate the length and nature of your involvement.

2. A 3-page essay including responses to the following:

  1. Describe your Christian faith journey, and why becoming a Jubilee Fellow is important to you.
  2. How has your involvement in ministry led you to consider a future in ministry or church leadership?
  3. What are you hoping to learn about the church, and/or what kinds of church ministries would you like to explore through your internship?

3. Provide a copy of your transcript (an unofficial copy can be printed from the Portal) to Kary Bosma in the Congregational & Ministry Studies Department (the CMS office is adjacent to the Library Lobby).

4. Request two recommendation forms to be completed on your behalf and sent to Kary Bosma.  At least one of the recommendations must be completed by a Calvin faculty or staff member.  Please give the program description along with the recommendation form to those giving your recommendation.  It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive the recommendation forms by the application deadline in order for them to be considered with your application. 

Before beginning your application, please be sure to have your resume and essay prepared and ready to submit. There will be an opportunity within the online application for you to upload those documents.

Following the application deadline, all applicants are expected to attend a group interview and an individual interview. The selection committee will choose 12 students to participate in the program, based on the applicants' applications and interviews.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Kary Bosma at 616-526-7804 or klb8 at


The 2016 Jubilee Fellows have been selected! The application process for the 2017 program will take place in the fall of 2016. If you have questions before then, please contact Program Coordinator Kary Bosma: klb8 at