Year One Internship
One of the many internship opportunities that Cru offers is called Year One. College graduates spend a year serving at our headquarters in many roles. Mary Leigh Hatchett, one of our Year One interns this year, shared recently about her experience with the internship:
“I am so thankful to be able to now confess that I believe.”
My heart filled with joy when I heard her pray these words, and I knew if for no other reason than this, if for no other reason than her, my year here in Orlando had been worth it.
It was through God bringing me to the Year One program that I got to share the Gospel with a Japanese girl named Nao and lead her to Christ!
Year One is a yearlong internship program at Headquarters that combines an operational job, field ministry work, and spiritual and leadership development into one crazy, packed-full year. The best part? It’s all done in community with other interns.
Since August, I have been serving on the Web Publishing Team managing Cru’s social media and writing for www.cru.org. On Fridays, we receive ministry training from Cru’s Walt Disney World outreach team and actively engage in field ministry with international students interning at Disney World, interns like Nao.
Having the opportunity to use my unique degree and skillsets to further the Kingdom of Heaven has been a blessing. Getting to talk about Jesus with internationals who have never heard about Him has been a joy. Receiving coaching from an older staff woman has challenged me in the greatest way imaginable.
And through it all, Year One has given me nine months and counting of tremendous personal and spiritual growth. I have been brought back to the feet of Jesus on a daily basis. I have learned how to trust Him more, and how to honor Him through obedience. I have learned that He cares most about love, and I have learned how to better love other.
I have watched God bring so much glory out of His calling me to Year One. One of our “mantras” in Year One is: “Growth is hard and painful, but the results are worth it.” I have no better summary for this year. God has loved me through this program, sometimes in tough ways, but always in good ways, and that leaves my heart filled with nothing but thanks.
It is clearly evident that God has used Year One in many ways. Many of our interns extend their service after their intern year by joining our staff. Please let us know if you know any administratively minded students who are looking for opportunities after they graduate. We would love to connect them with Year One!
Personally, we are gearing up for the summer in Fort Collins, Colorado. Scott will have an administrative role and I will work with students. Macey and Eden are doing well and continue to be the best of friends. We hope that that lasts, especially because they now share a bunk bed and a room together! Macey has been enjoying baseball at our local YMCA and got an out at 2nd base in her last game!
We are so thankful for your prayers, support and friendship. Please let us know how we can pray for you.
Andi, Scott, Macey “Pete,” and Eden “Re-Pete” Mitchell
*Safe travel and a productive summer for Jesus. We will be away May 31-July 27.
*For God to continue to use the Year One internship