This summer, LPC interns find themselves serving in Alaska, Indiana, Costa Rica, and California applying skills and methods from their lower division coursework to actual business opportunities and people helping situations.
By: Rod Light
LPC intern Roger Wu has big dreams for his future: He plans to earn his degree in human development and psychology at Life Pacific and then work toward an M.Div. and possibly a Psy.D. serving as a military chaplain who will integrate ministry into the field of psychology.
“The plan is to travel to different communities and help make improvements for people in both emotional capacities and in their physical environment,” Roger says. His summer intern assignment this year puts him in the field, one step closer to his dream. He will live in Alaska, immersed in the daily lives of indigenous people, experiencing their culture and customs as he serves with Bentwood Apprenticeship and North of Hope, led by Foursquare pastors and missionaries in Anchorage.
Across the country, Emily Franks heads to Indiana to intern with the Flagship Enterprise Center, a premier technological “business incubator,” where she will hone her skills in business and validate her interest in the field of managerial accounting.
Although Roger and Emily are part of two very different academic programs at LPC, they both must meet program requirements of internship after completing lower division coursework. Internships allow students to see firsthand how the theories and modern practices they are learning will apply in a real-world setting.
“Internships provide students with the experience to be successful in their intended vocational field,” LPC Vice President of Student Enrollment Angie Richey says. “From traditional Bible and ministry settings to Business as Mission organizations and local social work centers, LPC has internships to meet almost every student need.”
“From traditional Bible and ministry settings to Business as Mission organizations and local social work centers, LPC has internships to meet almost every student need.” - Angie Richey
In New Castle, Indiana, Sierra Anderson will serve her internship with Victory Lane Camp helping create a healthy, supportive community around families of children with disabilities. Closer to home in Southern California, Carissa Ortega will intern with the Director of Social Services at the Salvation Army of Santa Ana, helping homeless families and those in need find community resources to help improve their lives.
Interning with Brookdale Hospice, LPC students Julia Clemens and Brenna Gibson will offer care and support for families of seniors, and seniors with end of life issues. They will help address the whole person emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically by providing comfort and support to patients and their families.
“One of our goals in the Human Development and Psychology (HDP) program is to guide students toward internships like these that provide professional on the job experience, enabling them to build their resumes as highly marketable candidates for paid professional jobs upon graduation,” says HDP professor Deb Baker, MSW. She says internship opportunities at LPC are approved only if they provide students with direct client experience incorporating the key concepts and practices taught in the HDP courses.
“One of our goals in the Human Development and Psychology (HDP) program is to guide students toward internships like these that provide professional on the job experience, enabling them to build their resumes as highly marketable candidates for paid professional jobs upon graduation.” - Professor Deb Baker
Like their colleagues in HDP, business administration majors also serve in summer internships. Alyssa Lujan is pursuing her love of music and entertainment this summer in a business internship with Idle Tuesdays Recording Studio, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit on a mission to influence culture through positive music.
Josh Zacchaeus will apply his business skills and knowledge at Chick-fil-a in Azusa, Calif. He is a director and certified training manager with Chick-fil-a and has been called on to help with new store openings in San Diego, Houston, and Austin, Texas.
Dr. Michael Bates, founding chair of LPC’s business administration program says a global “Business as Mission” component is a cornerstone of the program offered Life Pacific students “deepening and expanding relationships with BAM practitioners.”
Interns Sarah Pikop and Sean Hampton will serve this summer in Costa Rica with Mountain of Dreams, a BAM opportunity founded by Foursquare Missions International workers Josh and Cynthia Hubbard. “Not only will these students grow their business skills, they will serve in a cross-cultural environment in support of a company devoted to bringing economic, social and spiritual change to their community, region and nation,” Dr. Bates says.
In addition to national and global internships, many LPC students are able to participate in on-campus internships in Residence Life, Admissions and Recruiting, Advancement, Emmaus Road Christian Counseling, and Calling and Vocation.
Become an intern host site:
Contact AJ Zimmermann at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have interest in becoming a host site for our Business Administration, Human Development and Psychology, or Worship Arts programs. In addition, we are searching now for intern sites for our new B.A. in Communications.