As a member of the Zephyr Point Internship Program, young adults ages 20+ are invited to join a spiritually-grounded, living-learning community where they can grow professionally, spiritually and interpersonally. Inspired by the mission of Zephyr Point, program participants will have the opportunity to experience God through education, exploration, and inspiration:
Education – As a member of the internship program, you will have the opportunity to develop and refine professional skills in a non-profit organization. With hands-on mentorship from the Zephyr Point year-round staff, you will have the chance to build an internship experience that is tailored to your professional goals and experience.
Exploration – Throughout the year, in addition to professional skill development, you will have ample time to focus on personal exploration and growth. As an added bonus, interns will have the chance to enjoy all the recreational opportunities the Tahoe Basin has to offer alongside other members of their cohort.
Inspiration – Encounter God in new ways along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Interns will participate in weekly small groups engaging in topics related to spiritual life and practice, environmental and social justice, and leadership. As a member of an intentional living community, interns will be able to develop deep and meaningful relationships with their neighbors.
Dates: September 3rd 2024 – May 30th, 2025 (with the option to add on summer employment following internship conclusion)
Number of Positions: 4-5
Room/Board: Housing on the Zephyr Point grounds is provided for all interns participating in the Program. Interns will be eligible for daily staff lunches (when guests are on-site) and a weekly Community Dinner available to all interns and program staff.
Weekly Stipend: $420/week with a $1,500 completion bonus at end of contract
Work Responsibilities: As a ZP intern, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide array of professional skills with hands-on experience in many facets of camp and conference management. Each intern will have a set of “core hours” spent specifically in one department (24 hours per week). In this placement, you will be able to focus your energy on developing skills in your primary area of interest. Placements are available in the following areas:
Zephyr Point’s business office is responsible for all accounting and finance operations on property. Functions of this department include daily accounting operations such as A/P and A/R, cash handling, Payroll, vendor relations, contract review and financial reporting. For those with a serious interest in pursuing a career in the accounting/finance field, we offer a hands-on opportunity to learn and contribute to the team. Prior knowledge of Quickbooks Desktop is helpful but not a requirement.
Development and fundraising are all about relationships. As a member of the Development Team you will be exposed to the full breadth of Development tasks, including donor communication, donor tracking, gift solicitation and recognition, as well as Annual Support Campaigns and Special Giving Opportunities. Development at Zephyr Point involves relationships with individual longtime guests as well as organizations and congregations that have significant history with this nearly 100 year old Camp and Conference Center of the Presbyterian Church (USA). In addition to supporting the development department, you will also have the opportunity to create content for our ZP social media pages to keep our guests engaged with all that goes on at Zephyr Point all year round.
As a member of the Guest Services team, you will gain first-hand experience with both customer service and administrative duties. You will assist with various aspects of the booking process for individual and group reservations, from a customer’s first phone call to their final goodbye. You will gain administrative skills working in an office setting as well as interactive skills communicating with guests and staff via phone, email, and face-to-face. If you are interested in a career in guest services, hospitality, office administration, or event coordination, this is a great opportunity for you.
As a member of the Program team, you will have the opportunity to grow professionally by experiencing first-hand all phases of developing a successful program. Throughout the year, you will hone skills in program design, learn the ins-and-outs of a booking software, and participate in the implementation of program and activities offerings for Zephyr Point guests of all ages. Program interns will also have the chance to work directly with local children and youth by providing support for our Club Zephyr program. This is a great position for those who are interested in careers in camp administration, outdoor ministry, or education.
In addition to your “core hours,” each intern will receive the following personal and professional development opportunities:
Sample Hours Breakdown (Approximate):
5+ Hours – Community & Spiritual LIfe
2 Hours – Professional training & development
25 Hours – Core Hours
8 hours – General Support of Zephyr Point (cross-departmental project-based opportunities)
No. Zephyr Point is a Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center affiliated with the PC(USA), and our Presbyterian identity certainly informs the mission, vision, and values of our organization. That said, the Zephyr Point staff is composed of individuals of diverse religious backgrounds. As an intern, you can expect that program leaders will come from a Protestant Christian background, but there is no expectation that program participants have a similar religious identity. We understand that faith and spirituality can be messy, and we welcome applicants in all stages of their spiritual journey to join. As a member of our team, questions are welcomed and curiosity is celebrated. All that we ask is that you bring a spirit of authenticity and a willingness to learn and grow with us throughout the year.
At Zephyr Point, we aspire to create a sacred space where young adults can learn, grow, and thrive in a safe and inclusive environment. We are committed to providing every intern who makes their way to this half-mile stretch along the shores of Lake Tahoe an experience where they are treated with compassion, hospitality, and where they can rest in the truth that they are a beloved child of God. To this end, we welcome and celebrate the diverse identities and experiences of our participants and strive to facilitate an equitable experience for participants of all gender identities or expressions, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religious or non-religious backgrounds, abilities or disabilities, and family compositions.