Young Adult Opportunities with MCC
Serving and Learning Together (SALT) is a year-long, cross-cultural service experience. Through SALT, Christian young adults from Canada and the U.S. serve internationally in a wide variety of positions in fields such as education, agriculture, healthcare, information technology, peace and more! During their assignments SALTers are immersed in another culture, living with host families or in communal settings such as dormitories or teacher housing in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
SALT is an 11 month program, beginning in August and finishing in July each year. Positions are posted in November and applications are accepted until February 15.
Seed is a two-year program that brings together a cohort of young adults ages 20-30 from around the world to learn, serve and reflect. Within their regional group, each See participant has an assignment where they live in a local community, serving with MCC partners or churches that work from the grassroots to address issues such as violence, oppression, food insecurity, access to education, climate change and environmental destruction. We have Seed programs in Bolivia, Colombia, Southern Africa, Africa’s Great Lakes region and Central America. Over two years, Seed participants reflect individually and as a group on a range of topics, looking at how national and international issues affect the communities they are serving in. Participation in Seed as a married couple without children is possible.
Seed programs start at different times. Upcoming Seed programs are:
Colombia – August 2018 – August 2020
Bolivia – January 2019 – January 2021
Southern Africa – October 2019 – October 2021
Advocacy Offices’ Student Seminars
MCC has three advocacy offices – in Ottawa, ON with the Canadian Parliament, in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Congress and Senate, and in New York City, NY for the United Nations. Two of these offices offer seminars for university students each year, on topics such as Indigenous rights, social justice or faith and public policy. They are an opportunity to hear from current political leaders, discuss how our faith can be involved with advocacy, and network with other students.
MCC Ottawa Office Student Seminar
The seminar is two and a half days, typically runs from Thursday morning to noon on Saturday in mid-February. Dates are set each year, and there are a limited number of spaces available in the seminar. MCC Manitoba offers a limited number of travel bursaries. The Ottawa office coordinates a group booking at a local hostel for accommodation (at the students’ expense).
MCC United Nations Office Student Seminar
The seminar is two and a half days, typical runs from Thursday morning to noon on Saturday at the end of October. Dates are set each year, and there are a limited number of spaces available in the seminar. The UN office coordinates a group booking at a local hostel for accommodation (at the students’ expense).
2018: “North Korea: Towards Peace and a New Beginning”, October 25-27
Ottawa Office Research Intern
The Ottawa office offers two internships per year, one from September to December and a second one from January to April. The Advocacy Research Intern is part of a team that provides expertise and assistance for MCC Canada’s advocacy efforts. This position is based in the Ottawa Office, which serves as a conduit of information and bridge for relationships between the federal government of Canada and MCC Canada’s diverse constituency. It witnesses to government on issues of peace, justice and human dignity that arise out of MCC’s ministry at home and around the world. The Ottawa Office works with a number of coalitions while trying to bring a unique, Anabaptist perspective to the work of political engagement.
This unpaid position is supervised by one Ottawa Office staff person but requires close and ongoing collaboration with other members of the Ottawa Office team. The MCC Ottawa Office will make a modest contribution towards the intern's transportation expenses.
The internships are posted a few months before they begin, in the list of open MCC positions at mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings.
UN Office Mennonite Voluntary Service (MVS) Internship
This is a one year internship, beginning in September and finishing at the end of August. The work of the MVS intern will vary largely on what skills the applicant brings to the office, and which skills are most useful to our mission. The intern will attend NGO working group meetings, take minutes, contribute ideas when applicable, and may serve as a coordinator of an NGO working group. The intern will likely be tasked with administrating the web and social media presence of the office and any working groups s/he is a part of. A large portion of the work the intern will complete will be learning about the methods of the UN organs, keeping up on specific world news, helping to plan the annual student seminar, and doing longer research-based projects.
Interns serving through MVS will receive free housing at Menno House, as well as modest stipends for food, transportation, and personal spending each month.
A college graduate wishing to serve in this internship will apply though Mennonite Mission Network’s MVS program. MVS is a nationwide service program with about 10 service placement options, one of which being Manhattan, New York. Applicants will apply through MVS, choose Manhattan as their desired service location, and select the MCC UN Office Internship as their desired placement.
UN Office Summer Internship
This is a one-month internship, from approximately mid-July to mid-August. The work of the summer intern will vary largely on what skills the applicant brings to the office and which skills are most useful to its mission and mandate. Generally, this opportunity involves a short-term research project determined by both the interest of the student as well as the needs of the office.
The internship is posted a few months before it begins, in the list of open MCC positions at mcccanada.ca/get-involved/serve/openings.
MCC offers international learning tours at various times of the year to visit and learn about MCC’s work in one of the 50+ countries where MCC works. These are great opportunities to learn how MCC partners with local churches and organizations serve the needs of communities and people, to learn about the local context and explore questions of Christian faith and life. Learning tours are typically 10-14 days and costs vary depending on the region of travel. Contact your local MCC office to learn about upcoming learning tours.