FOCUS Summer Projects

Looking for a job this summer where you can both grow in your faith and make life-long friendships with other Catholic students? For the fifth consecutive summer, FOCUS is offering students the chance to participate in FOCUS Summer Projects! Summer Projects is a work and formation program in which FOCUS coordinates with several employers to offer students a package including both a paid summer job and ten weeks of faith formation.

The Vision

Seeking to prepare students for life-long Catholic mission, FOCUS undertakes a variety of initiatives which seek to equip students to evangelize the world. FOCUS’ primary means of accomplishing this task is the campus apostolate in which missionaries work side-by-side with college students throughout the academic year. Unfortunately, given the busy nature of campus life, students often do not have time to devote themselves exclusively to formation, and Summer Projects fills this gap. As a ten-week faith formation program, Summer Projects offers students the opportunity to devote themselves more exclusively to intellectual, spiritual, and apostolic formation.

The Basics: How it Works…

FOCUS offers students ten weeks of faith formation at a very low price, and this is possible by means of a number of summer work partnerships. The arrangement is simple. FOCUS contracts with a number of businesses, usually businesses in need of large numbers of summer seasonal employees. Then, acting like a recruiting agency, FOCUS arranges for students to fill seasonal jobs for these companies. Finally, in exchange for recruiting services, all contracting employers agree to schedule their FOCUS employees in such a way that FOCUS can provide a comprehensive summer formation program. This program involves a reading plan, speaker series, individualized mentoring, spiritual direction, recreational activities, daily sacraments, a small group bible study, and more!

In short, FOCUS helps the contracting company by providing employees, and the contracting company helps FOCUS by providing employees with food, lodging, pay, and (most importantly) a free formation venue. Further, since FOCUS works with companies in the tourism industry, all venues are in breathtaking locations. Thus, Summer Projects might be understood as a summer job in a beautiful place, and a job with a whole lot of faith formation along the way.
 

What’s next?

If you are interested in Summer Projects, we encourage two things. First, spend some time on this website learning more about the program. The informational video below plus the five buttons beneath the video give more specifics about our 2020 programs. After reviewing the website, please submit an application! The application process involves an interview with current Summer Projects staff, and it’s a great way to continue discerning the program. The FAQ paeg lists a few pointers for the application, so make sure to check it out!