We always love having interns at CPH, and this year was no exception! We sat down with our VBS interns, Jayme and Adele, to talk about their experience this summer at CPH.
Why did you want to be a VBS intern?
Jayme: For me, I love VBS and I’ve always loved CPH, so when I found out about this, I was like, “I have to get this. It would literally make my life.” Last summer, I saw posts from a previous intern and I thought it was an amazing opportunity. I went to the CPH website and read all about it, and thought it was a good opportunity.
Adele: I had heard that CPH had opportunities from a former intern. When she heard I was applying, she gave me some tips on my interview. She said what a great time she had and encouraged me to apply. I was really excited that I would be working with Education materials because I love youth and I thought that would be a really great area to work in.
What has been the most memorable part of your internship?
Jayme: The song action video shoot was fun because we got to do it together, work with all the kids, hear the songs, and be in the thick of VBS. It really gave me a VBS—a Very Big Smile.
Adele: Yeah, I definitely agree with Jayme. I also enjoyed the day that Jayme and I got to work together with the kids. It was fun to see VBS in action.
Jayme: The days we got to hang out with kids were the best ones.
What projects did you work on? What are you most excited for our customers to see?
Jayme: Together we created the song-lyric PowerPoints and the open/close, which took more revisions than you would imagine. It was surprisingly detail-oriented, but it was so cool to know that churches will be using them next summer, including my church. The coolest part is making stuff that you know is going to get used and be out there in the world and spread Jesus’ love to little kids.
Adele: I would definitely say the fun decorating how-to videos. It’s been a lot of fun to further develop my skills in that area and know that what I worked on will be useful for people. That has been really rewarding.
What expectations did you have going in? How was your experience different from your expectations?
Jayme: I kind of didn’t know what to expect coming in. I’ve never had a job like this and I just heard the word VBS and was like “Yes, sign me up!” I knew I would be working with documents of some kind, but I didn’t know I would be able to be this invested in this part of the team. It’s been great to be part of the VBS family and really contribute.
Adele: I think when you hear the word “internship” or “intern”, you think you will be doing tasks other people don’t want to do. But that wasn’t the case. I was actually working on meaningful work, not just getting coffee, making spreadsheets, or copy/pasting a million lines. I was doing things that would get used and that will be useful to others.
What new skills did you learn and how will you use them again?
Jayme: I learned how to be cognizant of the big picture. I’m a detail-oriented person and sometimes it was nice just to take a step back and understand how each detail is an important part of the VBS picture. CPH is a good place to learn that I can share questions, comments, ideas and feedback and know that people will listen. Even if they might not be able to take action, it was nice to get my feedback and know that people took my input seriously.
Adele: One of the things I learned is how different departments work together to make the final product.
Jayme: Yeah, I’ve been able to see VBS from multiple perspectives, which has been really cool!
What do you want to tell kids about Miraculous Mission?
Jayme: Miraculous Mission is going to be one of the coolest VBS programs that CPH has ever created! It tells the whole story of how God sent Jesus and how Jesus saves the world. It is full of cool music and cool crafts—it’s just going to be a marvelous experience.
Adele: I would say that Miraculous Mission is going to be a super fun and cool VBS, like the games are so much fun (Especially Training Mission). The crafts are enjoyable, the snacks are cool (and delicious) and every aspect has something that will interest you. And the music is phenomenal. Jayme and I love the music.
Jayme: We do! Catch us doing VBS karaoke.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about applying to be an intern?
Jayme: Do it. It’s awesome. CPH is such a cool place to work, the people are awesome, and there’s lots of free food. You are very much a family member and a team member and not the stereotypical lowly intern.
Adele: I would also say Do it. Apply! I was nervous when I applied that I wouldn’t get it because I don’t go to a Concordia University, but that wasn’t an issue. Like Jayme said, people here are so kind and so nice and they want to get to know you on a genuine level. They don’t look at you like you’re passing through; they want you to become a part of the CPH family.
We're so glad that Adele and Jayme joined us this summer. While we're sad to see them go, we know that they have a bright future ahead. If you know someone who is interested in being a CPH intern, please share this post with them and encourage them to apply!