What the Internship Provides
What is life as a RUF Intern really like?
Spiritual Growth

If you’ve read anything about the RUF internship before, you’ve heard it said that “it is impossible not to grow!” That statement has proven to be true over and over, and the growth that has meant the most to our interns over the years is the spiritual growth they experienced while serving in the internship. One of the greatest privileges we have as believers in Christ is to deeply know our Savior, Maker, and King. We are all starting at a different point in our relationship with Jesus, but we’re all moving towards the same place: to know Him and be fully known by Him. The RUF Internship won’t get you all the way there, but it will move you further along in your journey. It may not be easy, but it will be good.

"Before the internship I was way too afraid to be broken, scared, and sad to be brought low by myself or anyone else. The Lord grown me in my identity as a daughter, and grown me in resilience to trust Him because He's a good Father."

Mary Carlisle Crehore, Intern 2016-2018


My confidence has become something worth fighting for and my loneliness has become something worth fighting against. The internship allowed me to learn through leading and simultaneously trust that God was working through me all the while.
Max Wolf
Mentoring & Discipleship

There are few jobs that supply you with direct access to pastoral care. As an intern, you’re provided with a boss, a friend, and a pastor in your Campus Minister. The relationship you develop with him will be one of mentoring and discipleship. For the two years of your internship, your Campus Minister will shepherd you, teach you, challenge you, call you to repentance, and share his family with you. Our hope is that under the pastorship of your Campus Minister you are able to grow in a deeper understanding of discipleship as you minister to college students and love the local church.

"Instead of thinking that I must hold everything together and that I or someone is failing if everyone isn’t happy and healthy, I have begun to think more highly and appropriately of the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of students. I also see that the kingdom of God is much richer, wider, deeper, than anything I would have drawn up. I have a long way to go in trusting God more, but RUF has helped me along that road."

Allie Harmon, Intern 2016-2018

Before the internship, I was a Christian on cruise control. The Lord has revealed how much I am in need of him and I have grown in the way I see Jesus and the sanctification process.
Jocetta Dennis
Leadership & Entrepreneurial Development

RUF interns are solely reliant on the generosity of the Church and individuals for support. Raising support is not an easy task. Learning how to raise money for the ministry of RUF will teach you how to speak to people in a professional way, how to ask people to come alongside you in your work with this ministry, and how to responsibly time manage and meet deadlines. In addition to fundraising, the internship will provide you the chance to develop skills connecting with people, planning and leading events, and handling administrative tasks. This program really is a great way to transition out of college.

"The incredibly flexible schedule of an RUF Intern has been both a great gift and a great challenge for me. Learning to create a schedule and stick to it has been an incredibly valuable life skill to develop. And for my friends who are naturally more planning-oriented, the flexibility has been a wonderful, challenging opportunity to learn how to trust and rest in God's sovereignty."

"I'm naturally a gatherer, a hype-(wo)man, great at getting things started and having lots of ideas. While those are great gifts, I know that wherever life takes me in the future I can credit the RUF internship with teaching me to be better able to prioritize, pace myself, and follow through. That goes for ideas in the work place, relationships, time management--you name it."  

Kelsey Vaughn, Intern Class of 2014

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A Year in the Life
Begin official RUF employment June 1st! Attend June Orientation & July Staff Training. Begin the Intern Study Program. Begin fundraising work.
School begins! Move to campus. Begin meeting students through various avenues. Kick off large group meetings. Embrace fall activities like tailgating, costume parties, cook-outs & intramural sports. Continue work in the Study Program.
Help plan and attend Fall Conference. Head back to Atlanta for October Intern Training. Yep, Study Program.
Wrap up first semester. Head home over Christmas break for a time of rest, family, and connecting with donors. Oh yeah, and Study Program.
Head back to campus and dive into large group, Bible studies, and further one-on-one relationships. Continue second semester of Study Program.
Spring Break Mission Trip. End of year activities like graduation and final large group. Also, you guessed it, the Study Program.
Summer Conference! Study Program on the beach!