The Young Clergy Academy Intern Program is sponsored by the
North and South Georgia Conferences of the United Methodist Church, and General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. It's a program for those interested in exploring a call to ordained ministry in Georgia.

This 9 month paid internship - August 1 through April 30 - will allow selected interns to be immersed in a vocational ministry setting with intentional opportunities to deeply discern their call to clergy as a vocation with their specifically assigned mentor. Each ministry intern will develop leadership skills for effective ministry as they partner with clergy and laity in a local church.


Expectations and Qualifications

In order to provide the most beneficial ministry experience for our interns, it is expected that each intern applicant meet the following qualifications:

            • Exploring a call to ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church

            • A member of a North or South Georgia United Methodist Church or Wesley Foundation

            • Willing to be challenged in areas of leadership, spiritual disciplines, self-

              awareness, and understanding of ordained ministry

            • Desire to represent Christ in daily life

            • Experienced in Christian leadership

            • Grant authorization to release information for a personal history evaluation

            • Submit all application documents including reference checks and ministry

               covenant on or before the established deadline

            • Attend orientation retreat from August 3rd through 4th


Our Young Clergy Academy Intern program is designed to be nine months:

            • 15 days of Paid Time Off for the term of the Internship

            • 25 hours per week working in the host church or other ministry setting

            • Internship Program Orientation with Mentor Introductions

            • Mid-Year overnight Retreat at Epworth By The Sea

            • Internship Program Debriefing at Epworth By The Sea


            • The 9 month stipend will be $9,000

            • Housing will be provided, as necessary, by the host church


Please note: applications received after midnight on June 1 will not be considered.



Rev. Jonathan Smith
Young Clergy Academy Director