How do I become an intern?
Ellen Barton is the Internship Director, she can be reached at 720-975-0102 or by email. If interested in becoming an intern please contact her for an application or click to download here. Please indicate your area of interest! Following receipt of your application, we will talk with you, check references and determine which program may be the best fit for you. You will also interview with the director of the specific program you are interested in interning with.
What are the intern program expectations?
Each intern will have a Direct Supervisor in the specific placement. You will meet weekly as an intern group for debriefing and prayer. You will be expected to attend one of the services of Open Door Fellowship on Sundays (a choice of 3 services). There will be general intern service projects in addition to your normal duties within your specific ministry.
When does the internship start and how long do interns stay?
In 2017 Summer Internships will begin with Boot Camp on Monday, May 22nd. The start date for fall and spring internships can be determined with Internship Director. Typically, an internship lasts the whole summer or semester. We ask for at least an 8-week commitment but most internships will last 10-12 weeks.
How many hours per week will I be working?
Internships will be a full time job. You can plan to work about 40 hours per week between your direct placement, church and other intern activities. You will get time off like a normal job. If it is longer than a summer or semester the hours will be discussed with the intern, internship director, and supervisor.
Can I take a vacation or go away for the weekend?
Yes, as long as the timing works with your particular ministry. All vacations should be approved ahead of time by your Direct Supervisor and the Internship Director. It is likely that it will not be a problem at all. Memorial Day and the 4th of July are honored as holidays in most cases.
Can I receive credit for my internship?
In many cases, you can receive credit for this internship. The Internship Director can act as a Field Supervisor on your behalf. We will do our best to work with the requirements of your school to make this possible. Please let us know, in writing, how we can best help you.
Do I have to receive credit for my internship?
No, many interns simply come for the ministry experience.
Can I work another job during the internship?
We ask that interns do not work another job because they are required to work 40+ hours a week and balancing that with a second job can become complicated.
Can I take a class during the internship?
The intern will need to be careful not to be too busy with side responsibilities. It may work out, but it should be talked over and approved with the Internship Director first. Please do not commit to a 2nd position without talking with us first!
Is this a paid internship?
No, although you have the option to raise support. Interns can raise $1,612 per month plus travel expenses to and from Denver. These funds can be used for your expenses in Denver, your school expenses, or any other expenses you have. It is your salary. Many interns have come in the past without raising support. If you are raising support please contact the Internship Director and she will coach you and we have free materials from Open Door which we can send you. If you choose to raise support, you will receive a W-2 at the end of the year for this income. It will be treated like any other income you receive throughout the year.
What expenses will I need to pay for?
Typically, interns will need to pay for their own food, gas, bus passes, car insurance, entertainment, etc. Interns living “on the block” will receive free housing in one of our staff houses.
How does housing work?
Summer Interns are required to live on the ODM block, with limited exceptions. The cost is free for the duration of your stay. You will share a bedroom with other interns. You will not need to bring any furniture but please bring linens/pillow. You will have very limited personal space so please pack light!
Will I need my own transportation?
As you arrive and depart, you will need to arrange transportation to and from Denver. If flying, you can fly in and out of Denver International Airport (DIA) and research for shuttles, trains, Uber or taxi to bring you downtown. You will want the shuttle to drop you off at the ODM Family Room: 1567 Marion St, Denver, CO 80218. You are allowed to bring your own vehicle; however, parking is limited. Public transportation is easily accessible if needed and is very close by.
Where can I receive mail during my internship?
Personal mail can be addressed to your name and to our physical mailing address (1530 Marion St, Denver, CO 80218). If you are raising support then please have the financial support mail go to the P.O. Box (Open Door Ministries, Attn: Your Name, PO Box 18018, Denver, CO 80218).
For more information email Ellen Barton or call 303-847-1722.
Open Door Ministries
PO Box 18018, Denver, CO 80218