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Jubilee Fellows: Summer Internships

Jubilee Fellows serve across North America

Jubilee Fellows serve for 10 weeks during the summer in top-notch congregations across North America. We match students with the internship sites, taking into consideration the individual interests of the Jubilee Fellows and the needs of the churches. Their internship responsibilities can include:

  • planning summer programs
  • preaching
  • teaching
  • making pastoral visits
  • planning and leading worship
  • and much more

A pastor or other full-time staff member from each church commits to mentoring the student, encouraging his or her personal, professional and spiritual growth. The summer internships are often the highlight of the Jubilee Fellows' experience. "I feel much more ready for ministry now than I did at the beginning of this internship," commented 2013 Jubilee Fellow Sarah Stripp. "I gained a lot of skills and insights throughout this summer that have deepened my understanding of what ministry is like."

Summer internship placements

Nathan GroenewoldWe work closely with each student to learn about his or her vocational goals. The final decision for internship placement is made by the Program Coordinator, but we work together to ensure that it is a place where the student will learn, grow, and be challenged and encouraged by his or her experiences.

In the sidebar (right) you'll find a list of the 2013 Fellows and where they served this summer. Feel free to browse the churches' websites to get a feel for the types of communities in which our students serve. We have a few churches who have hosted students for many years, because they provide such an outstanding experience for our Jubilee Fellows; but we are also open to exploring new internship sites each year, based on the interests of our Jubilee Fellows.

Program Coodinator Kary Bosma contributes in an article Internships: Churches Make Room for People to Serve and Learn in Ministry. Whether you're a student or a mentor, you'll find insights into what an internship might look like.

Also, former Jubilee Fellow Nicole Veenkamp shares her reflections on finding home during her summer internship.

Contact us about hosting an internship

God continues to provide connections to churches across the country who are eager to partner with us in this unique program. If you know of a church or mentor who we should consider for the future, please contact the Program Coordinator, Kary Bosma: 616-526-7804 or email

2013 internships

Jeff Brown- Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community in Pittsburgh, PA.

Kellan Day- Salem Lutheran Church in Spokane, WA.

Josiah Gorter- Granite Springs in Lincoln, CA and Bridge of Life in Sacramento, CA.

Nathan Groenewold- Grace North Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

Libby Huizenga- Harbor Church in Seattle, WA.

Linnea McLaughlin and Tyler Robbert- The River CRC in Redlands, CA.

Nicole Schmitt- Awake Church in Seattle, WA.

Tyler Slamkowski- Manito Presbyterian Church in Spokane, WA.

Joshua Song- Dwell Church in New York City.

Sarah Stripp- Spencer Perkins Center in Jackson, MS.

William Thatcher- North Avenue Presbyterian in Atlanta, GA.

Learn more about the 2013 Jubilee Fellows»