St. James Methodist Church, Hope Town

Internships

Candler’s international internships encourage students to grow in the skills of ministry and leadership in diverse cultural contexts and provide opportunities for students to work in both church and community settings. You’ll teach, preach and serve in a variety of leadership roles while also learning about the ways particular locations and cultures impact a vision of Christian community and service.

The Bahamas Methodist Church Summer Internship

This summer internship provides an opportunity for Candler students to serve in the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. Students gain ministry experience in a unique setting, sharing their gifts for service while learning from congregations engaging the Wesleyan tradition within a Caribbean culture.

Students often work in rural settings, serving in churches as pastors. Interns teach, preach and share in other practices of ministry. Placements may involve church or church camp settings.

All students with strong leadership abilities and good communication skills are encouraged to apply, however preference may be given to United Methodists, African-Americans and current Master of Divinity (MDiv) Middlers. To apply, you will need to submit the Candler International Study Exchange application and complete an interview.

A stipend is generally provided to cover travel and other expenses. In addition, housing is usually offered, along with a weekly allowance for living expenses.

The program begins in June with one week of orientation in Nassau. Students will spend approximately six weeks in their ministry placements. The final week will include evaluation and debriefing. Placements may be available in various locations across the islands; specific assignments will be made after student participants are selected.

For more information email Rev. Ellen Echols Purdum, Assistant Dean for Student Life and Spiritual Formation, or call 404.727.4430.