Bartimaeus Internships, Fellowships and Visits
Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries offer two different opportunites to learn on-site at Casa Anna Schulz in Oak View, California:
If you are interested in either opportunity, please contact us for information on how to apply.
The Bartimaeus Internship
Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries offers 1-2 month internship opportunities for young adults (one person or a committed couple, ages 23-31). This internship focuses on learning about and working in the radical discipleship movement for faith and justice. Each internship is discerned and shaped individually, with dates negotiable, but generally follows one of two models:
A. BCM only: 4-6 weeks in conjunction with a Bartimaeus Institute (normally February and October). Five days a week the intern(s) help with BCM administrative, communications, hospitality and garden tasks (specific project assignments depend upon intern's skillset), and help organize and stage an Institute. One day a week is spent in guided study in scripture and theology, movement history and/or social analysis, and the intern is comped the Institute. One day a week is off. The BCM internship involves residency at Casa Anna Schulz in Oak View, CA in a one-room backyard cabin (right). Oak View is a small, semi-rural, blue-collar town, 10 minutes’ drive away from the cities of Ventura and Ojai and an hour and a half north of Los Angeles.
B. Split Internship: 4-8 weeks, divided between BCM and one of the following “sister” organizations (arranged by mutual agreement):
- The Open Door Community: works with homeless persons on the streets of Atlanta, prisoners on Georgia's Death Row, and builds Christian community in the inner city;
- The Beloved Community Center: works on a wide variety of racial and economic justice issues in Greensboro, NC;
- Spiritus Christi Church: an inclusive catholic community with a variety of compassionate and justice ministries in Rochester, NY;
- Los Angeles Catholic Worker: operates a house of hospitality, a soup kitchen and a variety of public witnesses in downtown Los Angeles, CA.
- Casa de Mi Padre; a small community committed to hospitality, arts and education, located next door to BCM/Casa Anna Schulz.
- The Abundant Table Farm Project: a faith based organic farming internship with whom BCM works closely, located 40 min. south of Oak View.
Location and timing of the split internship is by negotiation with both sites and intern.
Terms: BCM trades work in exchange for study, mentoring, room, and board. There is no stipend. Interns must cover their travel expenses to and from Oak View (and the second site in the split program).
The Bartimaeus Study Fellowship
Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries offers study fellowship opportunities ranging from a weekend to two weeks for persons or a committed couple over 25 years of age. This fellowship focuses on learning about and working in the radical discipleship movement for faith and justice, and is discerned and shaped individually, with dates negotiable.
Five days a week are spent in guided study in scripture and theology, movement history and/or social analysis, following a program shaped in conversation with Elaine and Ched and reflecting participants’ interests. Focii are typically reading, writing for feedback, vocational discernment and conversation with Elaine, Ched and visitors; it can include a particular project to be completed. One day a week is spent helping with BCM administrative, communications, hospitality and/or garden tasks (specific project assignments depend upon participants’ skillset). One day a week is off. Fellows reside at Casa Anna Schulz in Oak View, CA in a one-room backyard cabin (right), with electricity and internet but no running water (bathrooms are inside the main house on the same yard). Oak View is a small, semi-rural, blue-collar town, 10 minutes’ drive from the cities of Ventura and Ojai and an hour and a half north of Los Angeles.
Terms: Fellows pay $450 per person ($650 per couple) per week (pro-rated for fewer days), which covers all room and board. Fellows cover their travel expenses to and from Oak View.
Visits to BCM at Casa Anna Schulz.
We have a limited capacity to host guests, however if you would like to visit us here in Oak View in the Ventura River Watershed please contact us for our policy.
Testimonies: Click the links below for testimonies by past Bartimaeus Interns.
Kat Friesen (2011) and Julia Baker (2011-12) also co-interned with us as part of their year at the Abundant Table Farm Project in Camarillo, CA.
Terms: The BCM internship trades work in exchange for study/ mentoring, room, and board. There is no stipend involved. Interns must cover their travel expenses to and from Oak View; (and the other community in the longer program). Room and board are covered while interns are resident in the program.
Application & Timeline: To request an application or more information, email us at email@example.com. Applications for the Winter Internship are due in by Nov. 1; for the Summer Internship, by May 1. Applications must include 3 references. An interview will be conducted by Skype if possible.
1. Commitment to Christian discipleship and to social justice.
2. Office and/or media & communications skills preferable.
3. Self-direction and internal motivation.
4. At least 23 years old, preferably with a valid driver's license.
Questions? Call us 805-836-1217.
Note: If you are interested in this discipleship study program, but can't make the residency requirements, check out the year long Word and World Mentoring Program.