Lakota Journey Summer Internship
The 2018 intern Annas.
Anna Willis (left) at kids club during Journey Week.
The 2018 interns were Anna Bode and Anna Willis.
About the Internship:
The main purpose of the Lakota Journey Summer Internship is to provide an accessible next step for those who feel the tugging of the Holy Spirit to explore their relationship with God and the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations further. Many participants in the internship are strongly considering whether or not they may be lead to live for Christ on the reservation longer-term. Others know that living on the reservation long-term is not for them but feel lead by the Holy Spirit to engage further in the work that God is doing and to learn more about the communities we seek to partner with. Throughout the 8 weeks of the internship, college-aged students live in Christ-centered community and volunteer with organizations on the reservation related to their post-secondary area of study. Through it all, they seek what God’s vision is for the Rosebud Reservation and what their personal relationship with it may be.
How We Support Interns:
Lakota Journey provides for the basic living needs of interns. This includes housing, food and gas for their travel around the reservation. Interns essentially customize their own internship experience by developing their own goals and seeking out their own volunteer opportunities. In order to have a successful experience, interns must be courageous, self-driven and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives. Lakota Journey provides minimal structures of support to guide interns through professional growth, spiritual growth and relational growth throughout the summer. Each intern has a supervisor to check in with throughout the summer. However, the largest emotional and spiritual support of interns comes from the gospel-centered community they share.
What’s the Financial Commitment?:
Lakota Journey covers the majority of intern expenses throughout the summer. In order to ease the cost of taking a summer off from the work place, interns raise their own support, and at the end of the summer, 90% of the money raised is given to them as a salary. Lakota Journey keeps 10% to help cover some of the summer expenses. Depending on the amount of effort put into support-raising, interns are able to comfortably supplement their income. If you would like to know more about the possibilities of support-raising, please contact us.
January 1, 2020:
2020 Lakota Journey Intern Application will be available online! Download the application and apply before March.
March 8, 2020:
Application Deadline: Out of respect for our application process, we ask that you have your application and references in to us in a timely manner.
March 16-31, 2020:
We will have all phone interviews administered near this timeframe. We’ll schedule a call with you once we’ve received your application. Interviews last about an hour and help us get to know you and your vision for the summer.
April 8, 2020:
Acceptance information will be out by this date so that you can begin getting to know your fellow interns and preparing for your summer experience!
June 6- August 7, 2020:
This is the complete summer intern commitment!
June 14-20, 2020:
Lakota Journey Mission Week: Interns will spend this week supporting our Journey Week. This week would not be possible without the selfless investment of our interns.
August 7, 2020:
Intern Debriefing: This is the day we wrap up the summer experience before interns are sent off to wherever the Spirit has led them next!