UrbanPromise’s internship program provides college-aged adults with year-round or summertime training in urban youth development and ministry. Interns work in our after-school and summer camps and live in community in the Camden neighborhood in which they work. Their role at UrbanPromise is essential to our organization’s operational and programmatic success as they work on a volunteer basis and act as positive role models to the children and teens in their camps. 

Their role at UrbanPromise is essential to our organization’s operational and programmatic success as they work on a volunteer basis and act as positive role models to the children and teens in their camps. We combine hands-on training with classes on youth ministry to empower interns to effectively mentor children and teens.

Although very similar, the year-round and summer internship programs vary in the opportunities offered to intern participants as outlined below.

UrbanPromise also offers customized practicums for both the summer and school-year internships.  Our staff will work closely with the intern/student and university to design a practicum that meets the service learning and/or degree requirements needed.


On average, UrbanPromise interns spend 20 hours a week with our children and teens. Their roles as mentors, teachers, and friends are essential for the success of our children's ministry programs.

Over the last 26 years, around 1,655 college-aged interns have devoted a summer or year of service in the community of Camden.

In the last year, 40 colleges and universities have sent their students to participate in our internship program. The diverse backgrounds of our interns bring a unique perspective to urban ministry and youth outreach.

Year-Round Internships

Each activity of UrbanPromise’s year-round program is grounded in the following values and themes:

Through their work in after-school and summer camps and intern-only activities, participants develop a foundation for ministry related to personal and spiritual growth. Interns are assigned to small discipleship groups in which they are held accountable for their responsibilities at UrbanPromise as well as supported and encouraged to overcome the challenges of urban youth ministry. They also participate in and lead group worship and devotions.

Although they receive a small stipend for basic living expenses, interns volunteer as staff in UrbanPromise’s after-school and summer camps. Their role is primarily focused on planning for and teaching camp classes that include arts and crafts, Bible study, homework help, recreation, and performing arts.

Interns work and live in diverse communities. The neighborhoods in which they work are culturally and ethnically diverse; the families of many camp youth are non-English speakers or recent immigrants to the United States. In relation to living space, interns are grouped based on their neighborhood camp and live with program participants from across the country and world.

Participants in the internship program utilize and develop leadership skills through their work in an often challenging environment, engagement in weekly classes and discussions, and responsibility to respond to the needs of others—the youth they serve as well as fellow interns. Classes relate to various aspects of ministry, leadership, poverty, and culture and include guest speakers, film viewings, and assigned readings.

Sample Schedule:
9:00-10:30 a.m. – Class on urban ministry
10:45-11:30 a.m. – Group exercise
12:00 p.m. – Community lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. – Prep for after-school camp
3:00-5:30 p.m. – Camp
5:30-6:00 p.m. – Take campers home
6:30-7:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00-9:00 p.m. – Home visits/teen tutoring/drama and skits

Year-Round Dates to Remember

Year-round Application Deadline
August 5, 2017

Winter Sesssion Begins
January 5, 2017

Internship Ends
May 26, 2017

Summer Internships

While also based in these themes, the summer program is much more fast-paced and mainly focused on implementing a dynamic summer camp experience for hundreds of Camden youth. Summer interns help lead the six-week camp schedule, which includes two meals for children, fun and engaging classes and activities, weekly trips, and All Camp Day—the last day of the season during which camps compete in various contests and games.

Summer interns also live with each other in the community in which they work, participate in classes related to urban ministry, and engage in worship services. They are an integral part of our summer camp program as their participation allows UrbanPromise to continue offering summer camps to Camden children at no cost to them.

Sample Schedule:
8:00-9:00 a.m. – Report to camp site/prep for day
9:00-9:30 a.m. – Campers arrive/serve breakfast
9:30-10:00 a.m. – Opening program
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Recreation/arts and crafts/Bible class
12:00-12:30 p.m. – Lunch
12:30-2:30 p.m. – “Bible Buddies” discipleship group/basketball league
2:30-3:00 p.m. – Take campers home

Late afternoons and evenings consist of urban youth classes, devotionals, and fellowship. 

Summer Dates to Remember

Applications Due
June 1, 2017

Summer Internship Begins
June 22, 2017

Internship Ends
August 17, 2017

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