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Now Accepting Applications for the Telos Project Graduate Student Internship

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE TELOS PROJECT GRADUATE STUDENT INTERNSHIP

The Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College Holy Cross is pleased to welcome applications for the 2017–2018 Telos Project Graduate Student Internship funded by the Lilly Endowment. This is a part-time paid internship. Current students of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology are encouraged to apply.

WHAT IS THE TELOS PROJECT?

The Telos Project is a five-year project exploring how Orthodox Christian young adults, ages 23–29, engage in the Church. Fourteen pilot parishes across the country will take part in webinars, research, and an annual learning conference. The findings of the project will be shared with the wider Church.

HOW WILL THE TELOS PROJECT CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH?

The Telos Project is the first study of its kind, pulling together pilot parishes from a diversity of Orthodox jurisdictions, geographic locations, and parish sizes, all in order to better understand how the Orthodox Church and young adults engage one another. It hopes to serve as a model for how to conduct research and cultivate learning throughout the Church on a broad scale, inspiring parallel efforts in other areas of church life. Through the graduate student internship we will train leaders to think critically about effective ministry, how to educate and equip individual volunteers and a parish community to launch new ministry, and how to share the fruits of education and experience in that new ministry with the wider church.

SHOULD I APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP?

At Holy Cross, any student with parish and/or lay ministry aspirations will benefit from engagement with the Telos Project in a supportive capacity; it is an opportunity to work on a remarkable new area of Church life and growth.

We see this internship as an opportunity to exercise an essential set of administrative skills critical to any large scale project. As the Graduate Student Intern works as an integral part of the Telos Project team, he/she should be comfortable spending time on some of the building blocks of large project administration—planning and playing a supportive role at participant gatherings, preparing mailings, making phone calls, sending query emails, among other duties. They will also have the opportunity to travel to related Lilly Endowment consultations, with the opportunity to learn new skills, gain new colleagues, and learn the landscape of religious research and philanthropy in the United States.

Many different types of personalities would be suited to this internship. We are looking for candidates who are task-driven, with a high degree of initiative, a strong work ethic, good people skills, meticulous attention to detail, and superb organizational abilities.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Current students of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology are encouraged to apply.

WHAT WILL I DO DURING THIS INTERNSHIP?

The development intern will serve in this position throughout the 2017-2018 Academic Year and in summer 2018. (Summer schedule conflicts should not dissuade an interested candidate from applying, however, as there is some leeway in this structure.)   

The intern will actively serve the Telos Project’s efforts by spending approximately 46 weeks working part-time in the OVM (3–4 hours/week during the academic year and summer). They are invited to attend an all-expenses paid trip to a Lilly Endowment conference in Indianapolis October 29-31, 2017. And they are required to work the full Telos Conference May 3-5, 2018. The intern is paid $15/hour for their time working for the OVM. The Graduate Student Intern will assist the Grant Director and Program Manager with planning and implementation of annual learning conference, the Program Manager in mailing of books and materials to partner parishes, and the Grant Director in implementation of webinars, partner congregation communications, and other duties as needed. The intern is supervised by the Telos Project Director.

TO APPLY

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Dr. Ann Bezzerides at abezzerides@hchc.edu by Tuesday, September 5, 2017. It is strongly recommended that students review the Telos Project’s website before applying (https://www.teloscommunity.org). An applicant’s cover letter should address an applicant’s interest in the Telos Project and how the skills exercised in the course of the internship would assist with future potential career/ministry path.