Bridge the Gap internship | Millersville, Pa., U.S.

  • Service term length or program: Mission internship
  • Region of service: North America
  • Location: Millersville, Pa., U.S.
  • Ministry category: Business for transformation, Community development

Bridge the Gap is a 14-week mission internship that equips young adults to thrive in a cross-cultural environment. Based at Immerse International, the internship places young adults from North America alongside recently-arrived young adults from various countries to live, work and learn together. Begin a life journey of building relational bridges in a globalized world!

Participants will:

  • live in the Millersville or Lancaster area

  • learn alongside a small, diverse cohort of other interns; live and interact regularly with international students
  • learn about key issues like sustainability, community development, poverty, entrepreneurship, and international affairs

  • work 12–15 hours per week with a local business or nonprofit organization

Goals of the internship include building cross-cultural relationships, making community contacts, and gaining job experience. Broader goals include growing holistically, discerning life direction, and gaining community leadership skills.

Millersville, Pa., is a small town with a state university. It is several miles away from Lancaster City, a small multicultural center in the middle of a county whose economy is driven by Amish tourism and agriculture. The climate has four distinct seasons, with hot, humid summers and cold, often snowy winters. 

Supervisors and colleagues
Bridge the Gap interns will interact with members of their cohort of interns, receiving supervision from internship director Joan McManness. Interns will also interact with supervisors and coworkers at their chosen business or nonprofit. Interns will regularly check in with EMM Discipleship Coach Troy Landis.

Skills and experience
A high school diploma is needed. Applicants must be ready to learn about and engage with new and different cultures. Previous cross-cultural exposure of some kind is helpful.