We believe the next generation of church leaders have gifts to share, spirits to nurture, and dreams to fulfill.

Summer Impact provides an 8 week summer internship experience in Cincinnati, Ohio for 3 to 5 young adults*.


*Intern candidates need to be at least 18 years old and one year out of high school.

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Qualities Needed In An Intern

  • A love of God and others

  • A heart for service

  • Desire to build relationships

  • Thrives working on a team

  • Willingness to be challenged and stretched in areas of faith, leadership, service, and relationships

  • Teachable spirit

  • Humility

  • Adaptability

  • Patience

  • Self-starter


Past Intern Testimonies

Interned 2014-2016

Currently a High School Teacher in Cincinnati


“Summer Impact Cincinnati was the one of the single most formative experiences of my life. From the tangible of life long friends to the intangible of a deep love of serving and Cincinnati by witnessing God moving in massive ways. The leadership skills I learned as an intern has helped shape me into the teacher I am today."

-Julia, Interned 2014-2016

Interned 2012-2013

Currently a MDiv student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 


“Serving as a Summer Impact Intern unlocked for me a life of embodied faith. It was in Cincinnati that I discovered the beautiful calling of partnership...Put quite simply, I would not be the person that I am today without my intern experience.”

-Erin, Interned 2012-2013

Interned 2018-2019

2020 College Grad,

B.S. International Business and

B.S. Intercultural Studies


“My intern experience stretched me in more ways than I knew possible by giving me the opportunity to put my faith in action. Firsthand I was able to witness people take daily teachings and use them to be change agents throughout the week and bring it home to their own community, furthering God’s kingdom here on earth. I am so thankful for this experience to learn and grow awareness of our community.”

-Abby, Interned 2018-2019

Intern Responsibilities

  • Help create and lead meaningful morning Bible studies and evening worship services

  • Lead team in morning/evening meal preparation and clean up

  • Build relationships with teams, facilitating small as well as larger group bonding

  • Facilitate and guide any team downtime (generally in the evenings). Be present with the teams.

  • Lead assigned team in daily service opportunity with one (or two) of our ministry partners

  • Leading by example in order to encourage each person to serve with an open heart to meet the needs of others and to try and find opportunities for service in any given situation

  • Answer any questions that teams may have about what to expect while serving, or what they will need to prepare/bring with them

  • Communicate any changes in scheduling to teams

  • Partner with leaders from team to handle any issues that arise

  • Serve as the contact liaison between your team and Kate, office staff, maintenance, etc.

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What to expect

The work is demanding. The days are long. The pace is fast. The conditions are far from luxurious. But, the rewards are truly life-changing. You will see the lives changed and the hearts transformed. Best of all, you will know that for one entire summer, you did all you could and gave everything you had to serve alongside others and serve God.

While groups are present (Sunday afternoon – Friday afternoon) the days will start early and end late. When the team leaves on Friday, interns have that evening through Sunday afternoon (before groups arrive) as time off. Attending church (at Hyde Park Community UMC, The Warehouse, or another faith community) is expected as a way to continue to grow as a disciple.

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$2,000 – $3,000* stipend PLUS housing at the church for the entire summer program, food when teams are on campus, and up to 10 Summer Impact t-shirts.  Interns are required to live on site for the duration of training, Summer Program, and debriefing.

*Compensation will be determined when the position is offered.

Important Dates

Intern Applications and References Due by:  February 7, 2022

Interviews at HPCUMC:  Early - Mid March 2022 

Summer Intern Team 2022 Announced by:  April 15, 2022

Intern Move-in for Summer Program:  June 3, 2022

Training:  June 3 – 9, 2022

First Summer Impact Team Arrives:  June 12, 2022

Last Summer Impact Team Leaves:  July 22, 2022

Exit Interviews/Summer Wrap-up:  July 25 - 28, 2022

Intern Move out:  July 29, 2022

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Kate Smith at