Because People Matter

Summer and Year Long Internships

Because People Matter.

BPM Urban Internship

Mission Statement: Loving People Because People Matter

Primary Objective: Create relational environments that provide relief, mobilization and transformation. It is within these guiding objectives that each intern will be serving, working and learning.

Vision Statement: To create a dynamic environment for young leaders to discover, develop, and deploy life, leadership and management skills in an urban context.


Simply fill out an application. After we review your application, we will notify you for a followup interview.

Join us in loving people because people matter!

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Program Description

BTUI is an urban learning environment located in Portland, Oregon. Interns are exposed to different platforms that focus on various people groups in an urban context. At BridgeTown, these contexts are:

1.  Relief: The removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing.

  • Night Strike – A weekly relational relief environment focusing on the marginal people of the downtown area.
  • BTown Kids – A weekly relational relief environment throughout the Portland metro area focusing on urban children and their families.

2.Mobilization: To make ready and deploy into action.

  • Transformation Trips – Interactive urban learning environments where teams of people come to learn what it means to be a missional thinking servant.

3.  Transformation: A change in form, appearance, nature, or character.

  • Beyond the Bridge – Designed to develop and sustain intentional relationships which create movement towards restoration and sustainable living.
  • Transformation Trips 2.0 – Providing sustainable teaching that empowers people to seek out peace and prosperity in their city.

BridgeTown Inc Urban Internship Elements:

Life – Each intern will have the opportunity to develop powerful life skills which will help them in both their professional and life development. This is done through the following:

  • Life Mission Development – Life Mission is all about the intern’s personal mission – it is the “why” of their life. While in the BTUI each intern will begin the discovery of their mission, and this will help them as they continue on their journey to discover what it is they are fashioned for, and give them clearer focus.
  • Core Values Development – Core Values is all about the internal values that all human beings possess. These values are what make us up on the inside. By discovering these, individuals are more effective in the many different roles they play in life and in the work place.
  • Motivational Development – Through a very detailed assessment, interns are shown what and how they are best motivated. Each intern is given the opportunity to discover their unique design and learn how to focus it in given areas of life, both professionally and in everyday living.

Leadership – Each Intern is given the opportunity to grow in their individual leadership ability. These opportunities will show them their capabilities as they are given an area of BridgeTown to lead. This is done by:

  • Legacy Project – At the beginning of each internship, legacy projects are assigned. These projects are next-level visions of the leadership team at BridgeTown Inc, and will remain in place after an internship ends. It is the opportunity for an intern to leave a long lasting piece of themselves in Portland. It is the intern’s responsibility to complete the project while in their internship with BTown.
  • Team Leadership – Interns will help lead our Transformation Trips, and will lead, teach, guide and speak to groups of people throughout the summer. The potential influence on the lives of others is immeasurable in this environment. Interns will play vital roles in shaping the hearts of Transformation Trip participants.

Management – Interns are involved in many areas of management. They will be assisting the leaders of BridgeTown Inc. in the overall vision and strategic plan. Every day will be filled with many opportunities to strengthen management skills while at BridgeTown Inc. This will be accomplished in:

  •  Specific Environments – Interns will be assisting BTown Inc. leaders in the accomplishment of the environment objectives.
  •  Every day tasks – Participants are a part of the every day of BridgeTown Inc., and each day has its own set of tasks. Interns are a part of the work day at BridgeTown.

BridgeTown Urban Internship’s passion is to encourage, equip and inspire each intern to the greatness within themselves. Developing and deploying leaders into their world, to make a difference, is core to our organization.


Simply fill out an application. After we review your application, we will notify you for a followup interview.

Join us this summer, to love people because people matter!

Apply Now!

  • Q: What days of the week am I required to be available?
  • Q: Is this a paid internship?
  • Q: Do I need to find my own housing?
  • Q: Can I work while in the internship?
  • Q: Can this internship count for college credit?
  • Q: When does the internship start and end?
  • Q: Can I take time off while in the internship?
  • Q: What kind of person makes the best intern at BPM?
  • Q: Does the internship have any requirements?
Q: What days of the week am I required to be available?

A: Depending on the season,  interns will be required to be available Tuesday–Saturday, or Monday-Friday. Typically you will get at lease two days off a week.

Q: Is this a paid internship?

A: No it is not. Interns are encouraged to raise support for their summer with us, and donations can be processed as tax free donations.

Full time, year round interns may be eligible for a small monthly stipend.

Q: Do I need to find my own housing?

A: Yes, you should be prepared to find you own housing, however, we will do our best to assist you in this.

Q: Can I work while in the internship?

A: You are not prohibited from working another job while doing an internship here. However, it is important for you to know we ask you to work around the BPM schedule, not the other way around. We recommend seeing if you can work Saturday nights, Sundays and Mondays.

Q: Can this internship count for college credit?

A: We have seen this count for colleges. You would have to check with your university about this. We can help you with any information you might need on this.

Q: When does the internship start and end?

A: For summer internships, we can be flexible with start and end times to accommodate college schedules, however, we prefer to have everyone present the first week of June through the end of August, if possible.

For full year internships, start and end dates are up to you.

Since schedules vary, we ask you to communicate with us regarding individual commitments.

Q: Can I take time off while in the internship?

A: Of course! All we ask is that you submit your summer schedule to us up front so we can plan accordingly. If calendar items come up once the internship has started, we ask for at least 3 weeks notice for time off.

Q: What kind of person makes the best intern at BPM?

A: It is important that you know that we are a people organization and with this, an intern may be working with a group of middle class, suburban youth on a Transformation Trip one day, and then move to working with an inner city family in an apartment complex the next. You will be expected to interact with people of all types, creeds, colors and ages, so if you are not a people person, then this internship is not for you.

Q: Does the internship have any requirements?

A: Yes, not too many, but there are some. Here they are:

  1. Timeliness. Be on time to everything. People and your team are counting on you.
  2. You must finish your legacy project before leaving your time with us at BPM (We cover this in your first couple of days at BPM)
  3. Communicate.  You will be pressed and challenged, but we are here to see that you grow. The more you communicate, the smoother your experience will be and the more satisfied you will be.
  4. You must agree to the core values and mission statement of BPM.
  5. Agree to carry yourself in a professional and polite manner. We come to work, ready to work, and ready to engage with anyone.

BPM focuses on Mobilization, Relief, & Transformation for populations in the margins, Because People Matter.