SUMMIT (SUMmer MIssion Team) is a summer internship for Westminster’s college-age young adults who want to work in the community and the church to make a difference in the world. SUMMIT Commissioning in worshipSUMMIT provides participants with the opportunity to give of themselves, share their experiences with fellow team members, and gain valuable internship experience.



  • SUMMIT begins in late May or early June and concludes in early/mid-August.

  • Team members serve 205 hours over a 10-week period.

  • SUMMIT includes working in the community, serving in the church, and spending small-group time together.

  • Each team member receives a $2,000 scholarship for successfully completing SUMMIT. Applicants must designate the educational institution to receive the scholarship funds. 

  • Contact Lisa Anderson, 274-1534 or , with questions.


Participants work at local social service agencies to help people in need in our community. In past years, interns have been placed at agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Refugee Cooperative Ministry, Amanda the Panda, CROSS Ministries, and others. Every effort is made to match team members with the agencies that best meet their goals.

Team members assist with Westminster’s Vacation Bible School.  In addition, interns participate in special group projects, mission activities, faith development, worship leadership, fellowship time, and planning meetings.


Applicants must be members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, or have been active members of the Westminster Senior Highs. They must be high school graduates (or graduating spring 2015), who are pursuing higher education (college, vocational school, etc.). Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 23 years old. Applications will be reviewed by committee. All applicants will be considered, but the number of SUMMIT Team members is limited. SUMMIT Team Members can serve a total of two summers.


Contact Lisa Anderson, 274-1534 or
, with questions.



The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is a one year service opportunity for young adults from 19 to 30 years. YAVs live in intentional Christian community, deepening and developing their faith while serving alongside partners in sites across the United States and around the world. YAVs serve for one academic year, August—July, as they explore God’s calling in their lives.

Volunteers are placed in community agencies or local churches, with jobs depending on the needs of partners and the skills of the Young Adult Volunteer. YAVs are exposed to some of the hardest problems in the world—poverty, violence and reconciliation, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ—while living and reflecting with other volunteers on the meaning and motivation of their Christian faith.

Westminster's own Sam Susanin (pictured with his host family) served as a Young Adult Volunteer for one year in Urabá, Colombia. He supported several small business initiatives across the region and taught double entry accounting to small business owners in 2015. 

Learn more about Y.A.V.