INTERNSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS


Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries offer two different opportunities to learn on-site at Casa Anna Schulz in Oak View, California:

  • The Bartimaeus Internship: Mentoring in "Movement Christianity" 
  • The Bartimaeus Study Fellowship: Reading, Writing and Mentoring in "Movement Christianity" 

For more detail, see below. If you are interested in either opportunity, please contact us for information on how to apply.

The Bartimaeus Internship

Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries offers 1-2 month internship opportunities for young adults (one person or a committed couple, ages 23-31). This internship focuses on learning about and working in the radical discipleship movement for faith and justice. Each internship is discerned and shaped individually, with dates negotiable, but generally follows one of two models:


A. BCM only: 4-6 weeks Five days a week the intern(s) help with BCM administrative, communications, hospitality and garden tasks (specific project assignments depend upon intern's skillset. One day a week is spent in guided study in scripture and theology, movement history and/or social analysis. One day a week is off. The BCM internship involves residency at Casa Anna Schulz in Oak View, CA in a one-room backyard cabin (right). Oak View is a small, semi-rural, blue-collar town, 10 minutes’ drive away from the cities of Ventura and Ojai and an hour and a half north of Los Angeles.

B. Split Internship: 4-8 weeks, divided between BCM and one of the following “sister” organizations (arranged by mutual agreement):

  • The Beloved Community Center: works on a wide variety of racial and economic justice issues in Greensboro, NC; 
  • Spiritus Christi Church: an inclusive catholic community with a variety of compassionate and justice ministries in Rochester, NY;  
  • Los Angeles Catholic Worker: operates a house of hospitality, a soup kitchen and a variety of public witnesses in downtown Los Angeles, CA.   
  • The Abundant Table Farm Project: a faith based organic farming internship with whom BCM works closely, located 40 min. south of Oak View. This collaboration would be as negotiated rather than chronologically, with intern(s) lodging the whole time at Casa Anna Schulz. 

Location and timing of the split internship is by negotiation with both sites and intern.

Terms: BCM trades work in exchange for study, mentoring, room, and board. There is no stipend. Interns must cover their travel expenses to and from Oak View (and the second site in the split program).  

The Bartimaeus Study Fellowship

Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries offers study fellowship opportunities ranging from a weekend to two weeks for persons or a committed couple over 25 years of age. This fellowship focuses on learning about and working in the radical discipleship movement for faith and justice, and is discerned and shaped individually, with dates negotiable.


Five days a week are spent in guided study in scripture and theology, movement history and/or social analysis, following a program shaped in conversation with Elaine and Ched and reflecting participants’ interests. Focii are typically reading, writing for feedback, vocational discernment and conversation with Elaine, Ched and visitors; it can include a particular project to be completed. One day a week is spent helping with BCM administrative, communications, hospitality and/or garden tasks (specific project assignments depend upon participants’ skillset). One day a week is off. Fellows reside at Casa Anna Schulz in Oak View, CA in a one-room backyard cabin, with electricity and internet but no running water (bathrooms are inside the main house on the same yard). Oak View is a small, semi-rural, blue-collar town, 10 minutes’ drive from the cities of Ventura and Ojai and an hour and a half north of Los Angeles.


Terms: Fellows pay $450 per person ($650 per couple) per week (pro-rated for fewer days), which covers all room and board. Fellows cover their travel expenses to and from Oak View.

Testimonies

You can read the testimonies by past Bartimaeus Interns:

Terms:

The BCM internship trades work in exchange for study/ mentoring, room, and board. There is no stipend involved. Interns must cover their travel expenses to and from Oak View; (and the other community in the longer program). Room and board are covered while interns are resident in the program.


Application & Timeline: 

To request an application or more information, email us at inquiries@bcm-net.org. Applications for the Winter Internship are due in by Nov. 1; for the Summer Internship, by May 1. Applications must include 3 references. An interview will be conducted by Skype if possible.


Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to Christian discipleship and to social justice. 
  2. Office and/or media & communications skills preferable. 
  3. Self-direction and internal motivation. 
  4. At least 23 years old, preferably with a valid driver's license. 

Questions? 

Call us 805-836-1217