Interfaith Youth Core Seeking Secular Intern Applicants
March 23, 2010
Hey folks! Just wanted to fill you in on an exciting opportunity for anyone currently living in Chicago or looking to spend the upcoming summer here. I recently spoke with Amber Hacker, who coordinates the internship program at the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization working to empower young leaders to change the public narrative on religion from one of conflict to one of cooperation for which I lead workshops and interfaith trainings. Here’s what she told me:
“We are in the final phase of selecting for our summer internship class. We don’t have any Secular/Non-religious/Humanist/Agnostic/Atheist representation in our applicant pool, and I’d love to change that. We are committed to having a diverse class of interns in the fullest sense and we feel this representation is very important.”
As a graduate of IFYC’s internship program, I can say with confidence that this is a profound opportunity for all young secularists. I can personally attest to its benefits; my internship and continued work as an adjunct trainer for IFYC have given me the skills to facilitate dialogue and organize interfaith projects. But the gravity of having secularists involved in interfaith work transcends personal leadership development: I’m of the mind that it is essential that non-religious folks get involved in interfaith work for the overall good of the movement. As secularists, our perspective is valuable and necessary, and at IFYC it is valued and secular interfaith leadership is cultivated. I cannot underscore enough how important I believe this work is — if you are a secular undergraduate, I urge you to consider applying. Don’t let our community go unrepresented.
Here’s some more information on this opportunity:
IFYC’s Summer Internship Program is a leadership intensive with undergraduates from across the country committed to interfaith work on their campus. Interns will study the theory and history behind the interfaith youth movement while engaging in service learning and skill-building workshops as they gain valuable hands-on job experience. Interns will have the opportunity to work on various projects from curriculum design to fundraising techniques as they work in one of IFYC’s departments. They will receive training, do meaningful work as a valued staff member, receive mentorship, and build powerful relationships with their exceptional fellow interns.
You can visit their website to apply and get more information. The application deadline has been extended to March 31 to accommodate late applications.