In 2015, the United Thank Offering (UTO) Board began an internship program for young women, named for the organization’s founder, Julia Chester Emery. This program supports the work of UTO in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry. UTO is now seeking a fourth Julia Chester Emery intern for 2019-2020.
The 2019-2020 internship will be in conjunction with Jasmine Road, located in Greenville, SC. Jasmine Road exists to offer women who are trapped in a cycle of sexual exploitation and addiction a path to freedom, a haven for healing, and the opportunity to flourish, leading to generational change and the betterment of the Greenville community. Modeled after Thistle Farms, Jasmine Road offers a transformative two-year residential program with an innovative social enterprise component.
“Jasmine Road is an example of what can happen when God’s people work together to participate in God’s mission,” says the Rev. Canon Alan Bentrup, canon for evangelism and mission in the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina. “We are excited to partner with UTO and Jasmine Road on this opportunity.”
As part of your work with Jasmine Road, your primary duties will be assisting in the residential program, working directly with survivors. This includes providing support to the Residential Manager in areas such as scheduling, transportation, meetings as well as mentorship to the residents. You may also be involved with assisting residents in developing and making products for the social enterprise. In addition to your work with Jasmine Road, you’ll participate in the UTO Pilgrimage to Spain in October, represent UTO as support staff for The Episcopal Church delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City in March, attend one of the Thistle Farms Training Conferences, join UTO Board Meetings or events planned during the year, and travel to speak at public events regarding work with UTO, attend UTO Board meetings and travel to speak at public events regarding your work with UTO.
Applicants need to be comfortable with public speaking, travel, and show a willingness to participate on a team. Applicants need to be proficient in Microsoft Office programs; collaboration software such as Slack, Google Drive, and Zoom; and social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The internship begins on September 20, 2019 and includes: housing at Vista House, travel costs, a stipend and intentional mentoring. The intern will also need their own vehicle for local travel in South Carolina, a current passport, a personal laptop and insurance.
The internship is open to young women in The Episcopal Church in their 20s who are interested in the work of Jasmine Road and UTO.
The Jasmine Road Intern Description and the 2019 JCE Internship Application can both be found on the UTO website at https://unitedthankoffering.com/jceintern/.
Information on Vista House can be found at http://www.faithreasontomfoolery.org/vistahouse.
Applications are due June 1, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org.