BaptistCare HopeStreet's Urban Internship is a year-long program run from March to December, designed for Christians wanting to explore ministry or vocation in an urban setting.

Our Internship will equip you with knowledge and practical experience as you work alongside individuals, communities and other organisations.

The key elements of Internship include:

  • Weekly classes with practitioners, industry experts, theologians and missional leaders
  • Practical experience in your field of choice - 12 hours per week
  • Monthly dinners with leaders from different ministries
  • Regular mentoring and coaching

You can choose to either do the residential stream, where you’ll live in the Inner City and be a part of our HopeStreet team at Woolloomooloo or Women’s Services team at Darlinghurst.

Or the non-residential stream, will give you the flexibility to apply your learnings at our Western Sydney sites, Inner City sites or with one of our partner organisations.

The HopeStreet Internship is run in partnership with Neighbourhood Matters, an organisation forming reflective practitioners for service in the ecology of the urban neighbourhood.

Internship Streams

You can choose either the Residential or Non-Residential option

Residential Stream

  • Onsite accommodation at Woolloomooloo (with own bedroom)
  • 12 hours per week volunteering in an area of focus
  • Weekly Input Class
  • Monthly dinner with key staff and guests
  • Four books
  • Interstate exposure trip
  • Staff mentoring and coaching

Cost: The Residential Internship costs $10,000, however due to a generous scholarship program, participants are only required to pay $5,000.

Non-Residential Stream

  • 12 hours per week volunteering in an area of focus
  • Weekly Input Class
  • Monthly dinner with key staff and guests
  • Four books
  • Interstate exposure trip
  • Staff mentoring and coaching

Cost: $3800

“The internship is an amazing opportunity. It is a year of spiritual and practical growth, learning and witnessing how the gospel is outworked in community. To experience and be part of the process is incredible and life changing.” - Ellie Croft

Leadership Team

Rev. Dr Karina Kreminski loves forming people for leadership and is a sought after speaker at churches and conferences on neighbourhood, community mission and activism. She has a doctorate in missional formation and currently teaches at Morling College in Sydney. Karina is the author of a book called Urban Spirituality: Embodying God’s Mission in the Neighbourhood.

Dr Armen Gakavian has mentored young leaders and men from disadvantaged backgrounds in Australia and Armenia. His PhD was in cultural identity and longing for place. He has lectured in sociology, politics, social change and leadership. He is currently Coordinating Editor and Associate Director of Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and Society.

Glen Spencer is the Manager of HopeStreet Inner City. He is an educator and minister, and has been in pastoral ministry in Baptist churches for almost 20 years. Glen is an innovative, creative and strategic thinker committed to listening deeply to the Spirit, practicing justice and compassion and seeking to partner with God in his renewing and restoring work in the small patch of the world where he is placed.

Jess Davidson is the Manager of Women’s Services and has worked in the community sector for over 16 years. In addition to previous experience in crisis management, residential programs and youth work, Jess has also facilitated multiple family group programs, spoken at national and state conferences, and contributed and spoken at NSW Parliamentary hearings. She’s an active member at her church.

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Application Process

The 2020 HopeStreet Urban Internship commences on Monday 2 March 2020 and concludes on Friday 18 December 2020.

1. Complete application via the link below, including supporting documents, by Monday 15 November 2019.

2. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview.

3. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing by Friday 6 December.

To find out more, please contact Glen Spencer, our BaptistCare HopeStreet Inner City Manager by email or phone: (02) 9358 2388 | 0490 301 479