IGRC Intern Program

The Illinois Great Rivers Conference Intern Program exists to provide opportunities for Christian young adults to explore their unique calls to ministry and to experience those ministries first hand. The focus of the program is on the spiritual, leadership, and vocational development of the intern. It is understood that ministry takes a variety of forms - ordained and lay; deacon, elder, local pastor, or some other title; in the church, in the world, or some combination of the two.

Applications for potential interns and for potential host sites and mentors for Summer 2017 and the 2017-18 academic year will be available below beginning on October 1. This year we are trying something different: those who apply by January 20, 2017, will be given priority consideration. Churches/ministries are urged to submit their applications by that date to be considered to host interns who apply early. The final application deadline is March 1, 2017. Please download the IGRC Intern Program Handbook for further information prior to submitting your application.

Questions may be directed to Rev. Beth Fender, 217-529-2611.

IGRC Intern Program Handbook

  • Download Handbook: ALL applicants (churches/ministries, mentors and interns) should download and read this handbook prior to applying for an internship.

For Potential Interns

To complete your application file, you must submit a complete application form, a copy of your driver's license, and a separate document in which you share your faith story (as explained in the application form). You must also secure three references. One reference must be from a United Methodist pastor (preferably from the Illinois Great Rivers Conference) or United Methodist campus minister/chaplain or Wesley Foundation director. The other two references may be from people such as a youth group leader, professor or teacher, choir director or music ministry leader, Sunday school teacher, church camp counselor, or other adult who knows your abilities well. References (including the pastor's reference) may NOT be completed by family members. If your parent is the pastor of your church, please ask another United Methodist pastor who knows you well to complete the form.

For Potential Host Churches/Ministry Sites

For Potential Mentors

All mentor applicants must complete a separate application. To complete your application file, you must submit the online application form below plus three references. For clergy, one reference must come from your District Superintendent, one from a lay member of your church or a lay participant or volunteer in your ministry, and one from another person who can attest to your character and qualifications. None of these may be relatives. For laity, one reference must come from your pastor or another United Methodist clergy person, one from a lay leader in your church or ministry with whom you have worked closely, and one from another person who can attest to your character and qualifications. None of these may be relatives. If you have served as a mentor in the IGRC Intern Program within the past three years, you only need to submit the online application form (no references).

Evaluation Forms

Other Opportunities

The IGRC Camping Ministry also hires young adults to serve as lifeguards, camp counselors, food handlers/helpers, and other roles at IGRC campsites in the summer. Visit www.igrc.org/summeremployment for further details.