Taste and see ministry: ELI Project

The Exploring Leadership Internship (ELI) Project is a Minnesota Conference internship program for college students exploring a call to vocational ministry. Through it, up to 10 college students are selected each summer to participate in a hands-on learning experience. After gathering for a week of orientation, which includes trips to seminaries and an opportunity to learn about the United Methodist Church, each intern spends eight weeks at a host church or organization. The host congregation invites the intern to gain experience in a wide variety of ministerial contexts—and involves the intern in intentional reading, spiritual formation, and reflective discussions to help him or her hear and discern God’s call.

Resources to get involved

  • The ELI Project website: This is a one-stop shop for college students interested in applying to be an ELI Project intern.
  • Information/application for students: ELI Project internships are for young adults who have completed at least their first year of college or university. Applications for 2016 are due Monday, Feb. 1.
  • Contact: Jody Thone is the leader for The ELI Project. Connect with her if you have questions or would like additional information.
  • Social media: Connect with The ELI Project through FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. (Note: The posts are geared toward potential interns.)

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404


(612) 870-0058