Summer Service Internship

June 10-August 11, 2018

The purpose of Summer Service with Good Works is to enable this ministry to extend its
work in the community while also providing a channel through which the church can serve those people who are close to God’s heart. The people who participate in the Summer Internship supervise Summer Service. They provide key leadership, developing the volunteers for service. In addition, Good Works is seeking to create a context for leadership development for the intern. Although a small compensation is provided with the internship (plus housing and food), it should be viewed as more than a summer job: this is an opportunity for you to develop leadership skills for ministry and get actual hands-on experience with developing people for service. Living with the Hannah House community is an experience that will require an investment of your life into the lives of others.

2017 Summer Service staff and interns

The people you will be developing relationships with will include:

  • Residents in the Timothy House
  • Residents in the Hannah House
  • Our neighbors seeking help from Neighbors Helping Neighbors
  • Youth from the greater Athens community
  • Transformation Station Volunteers
  • Worship Team leaders and members
  • Good Works staff
  • Other interns
  • The Friday Night Life community
  • Good Works volunteers
  • Guests to the ministry

This experience is intended to be an immersion into ministry to the widow, the fatherless and the stranger, calling for you to confront issues within yourself that keep you from doing this.

This will require an adjustment of your social life for the period of June 10th to August 11th. Here are the dates that you will need to be aware of to participate in the Summer Service Internship with Good Works:

October 2017 Good Works begins accepting applications for the Summer Internship
March 31 Deadline to submit an application
April Conduct interviews with internship candidates
Early May Announce decisions for summer internships
June 9-10 Interns move into the Hannah House
June 10 Summer Service begins with a welcome BBQ
June 11-15 Intern Orientation
June 17 The first worship team arrives
June 18 Service to the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger begin!
August 3 Last day of Service for Groups
August 6-10 Intern Closing Week and Intern Banquet
August 11 Summer Service Ends
August 11-12 Interns move out of Hannah House

*Note: All interns who are accepted for the Summer Service Internship are expected to be present for the entire internship starting June 10th (with move in) until August 11th. It is not possible to have a second job or to take classes during the Summer Internship. While this internship can be used for academic credit, there should be very limited class work involved that would add to the responsibilities of the summer. 

Intern responsibilities will include:

All interns are required to participate in the Orientation Week, June 11-15th. This
week of training will include:

  • What is involved in living within the Hannah House community
  • Supervision of groups called Worship Teams
  • Scheduling for the summer
  • Preparing for your responsibilities
  • Safety Training

Hannah House

  • To live in and nurture the community of the house
  • Be the host of the house for the evening
  • Share a room with another intern or resident

Worship Teams

  • Lead groups in arrival orientation
  • Be the catalyst for the spiritual development of the group
  • Supervise groups in the various tasks they are assigned to
  • Develop and lead teaching devotionals for the groups; interns will divide up the teaching responsibilities

Intern Personal Growth/Group Meetings

Good Works views Summer Service as not only about completing projects but also about our opportunity to develop people for the Kingdom of God. These efforts will be focused on the interns in the following ways:

  • Wednesday Afternoons – This two-hour session will include worship, evaluation of the previous week, preparation for the upcoming week and the study of a book for our growth. All interns will participate in these Wednesday sessions.
  • Daily Morning Meeting – Plan for the day, assigning group volunteers to various tasks.
  • House Meeting – Discuss issues related to living in the house and community.
  • Friday Staff Educational Meeting – Participate in the regular staff development session.

Each intern will be assigned to one of the following ministry areas:

Work Projects on Good Works properties supervised by Jim Todd

  • Work closely with the leadership of the groups to maximize the efforts of the group members
  • Make sure that all group members are conducting themselves in a safe manner
  • Oversee the execution of projects being worked on

Led by Andrew Bissell (pictured left), Wesley UMC from New Hampshire constructed a ramp for a man in Glouster.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors supervised by Buddy Ballard and Timothy Wasserman

  • Throughout the summer we will come alongside many individuals in the community who live in their own homes but are no longer able to care for their property
  • The intern will supervise volunteers on these projects ranging from mowing lawns and yard work to various construction projects
  • Facilitate the developing relationship between the person being served and the group members

Summer Kids’ Discovery Club supervised by Emily Axe

  • Develop and supervise interactive activities with children in the community
  • Connect with visiting community presenters
  • Supervise volunteers in these contexts
  • Lead field trips
  • Work alongside staff preparing daily community meal

Timothy House supervised by Fran Bissell 

  • Supervise group volunteers coming over in the evening. One night a week the interns will participate in the evening activities at the Timothy House, bringing over two members of the Worship Team to interact with those living in the house
  • Assist with activities in the house
  • De-brief with intern and group volunteers at the end of the shift

Teen Agriculture Internship supervised by Doug Schmaltz

  • Supervise teens on gardening projects
  • Help teens integrate and connect with the Good Works community

Summer LunchKDC 8

  • Plan and prepare lunch for children and adults, Monday through Friday
  • Supervise volunteers working in the Summer Lunch



Click here to read Reflections from former Summer Service Interns.

Click here to watch a video about Summer Service Interns.

If you have any questions, contact Paul Richard at 740.594.3336 or through email at