Looking for a job this summer where you can both grow in your faith and make life-long friendships with other Catholic students? If so, you're a perfect fit for FOCUS Summer Projects!
Summer Projects is a ten-week-long program where you'll roll up your sleeves and get to work at a paid summer job by day and then receive world-class faith formation from FOCUS at night - with plenty of adventures in between!
To prepare students for lifelong Catholic mission, FOCUS seeks to equip students to go out and evangelize the world around them. Though FOCUS missionaries get to serve side-by-side with college students during the school year, some students do not have the opportunity to devote themselves exclusively to formation. Summer Projects fills this gap. As a ten-week faith formation program, Summer Projects offers students the opportunity to dedicate 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, thanks to several summer work partnerships. The arrangement is simple: FOCUS contracts with businesses in need of summer seasonal employees, and then arranges for students to fill those needed roles. 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 other words, FOCUS helps the business by providing employees, and the business helps FOCUS by providing food, lodging, pay and (most importantly) a space for students to go deeper with Christ. Since FOCUS works with companies in the tourism industry, all venues are located at breathtaking locations. Think of Summer Projects as a great summer job in a beautiful place, with a whole lot of faith formation included.
If you are interested in Summer Projects, we encourage you to spend some time on this website to learn more about our 2020 offerings! If you have questions, check out the FAQ page (this page also has some pointers about applying for the program).
When you’ve checked out the site and discovered just how great a Summer Projects summer can be, the last thing to do is send in your application! The application process involves an interview with current Summer Projects staff, and it’s a great way to continue discerning the program.