IDEA interns focus on justice and learning

The IDEA Corp Summer Internship program is a new initiative of the Baltimore-Washington Conference that provides young adults with opportunities to experience justice-based encounters in local churches and communities. Participants focus on Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable and Anti-racist work. These practices define our holistic commitment to social transformation of the world and personal spiritual growth through creative, professional, and direct action in communities. The internship is based on Micah 6:8: "Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God." 

IDEA Corps Interns are placed in organizations Monday through Thursday and on Fridays spend time in group reflection, seminars and immersion experiences with other interns.

Their internships and their personalities are varied. They are united in a shared faith journey.

Follow their adventures in their weekly posts.

Madison Davern

Internship: West River Center in West River, focusing on environmental justice education and advocacy
Supervisor: Rev. Jenna Johnson
Local Church: Huntingtown UMC
Attends: University of Maryland, College Park

Chase Felder

Internship: Journey UMC in Temple Hills, focusing on community development
Supervisor: Rev. Michael Parker 
Attends: North Carolina A&T State University, NC

Jamal Oakman

Internship: Salem UMC in Baltimore
Supervisor: Rev. Cassandra Nunez 
Local Church: Terp Hub and Reisterstown UMC
Attends: University of Maryland, College Park 

Emma Smith

Internship: Eastport UMC in Annapolis
Supervisor: Rev. Chris Broadwell
Local Church: Linden-Linthicum UMC 
Attends: University of Maryland, College Park

Wesley Walker

Internship:  Emory Grove UMC in Gaithersburg 
Supervisor: Rev. Tim Warner 
Local Church: Colesville UMC
Attends: The Ohio State University, Ohio 

Camille Williams

Internship: Common Good Farms in Washington, D.C., focusing on food security and economic justice
Supervisor: Marc James 
Local Church: Bethesda UMC
Attends: George Mason University, VA  

Courtney Chaney

Internship: The Adullum Community Healthcare Center (ACHC) and New Waverly UMC, Baltimore, MD
Local Church: Chesterbrook UMC, VA Conference and National UMC, Washington, DC.
Attends: Pace University, NY