Summer is game-time at CSM. We have youth groups from around the country here to volunteer with us in multiple ways as we bring lasting change to Birmingham in partnership with local inner-city churches. We recruit summer interns all year long, knowing that each one will have great leadership and ministry opportunities during their internship. We are thrilled with the amazing talents and huge hearts possessed by the team members who become a part of the CSM family this year. Allow us to introduce them, and please remember them in your prayers this summer.

Corey Rowley
 
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
School: Samford University, Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences and Dietetic Internship
What brought you to CSM: As part of Samford University’s heavily community-based Dietetic Internship graduate program, I was sent to CSM to learn more about how a registered dietitian may use their nutrition expertise to connect with and serve their community, ultimately teaching community members ways that they might better nourish their body as well as their spirit.
What do you do at CSM: I serve as a Cooking Well intern.
What is your favorite part about being an intern: Being able to watch the way in which CSM fosters community connection and growth through one of our most basic needs: food. It’s incredible to see how food can bring so many people of such diverse backgrounds together, whether that be through picking fresh produce in one of the various gardens around Birmingham or when participants of the Cooking Well program finally sit down to break bread after having learned how to cook their own nourishing meals (meals that they can then bring home and share with their family and friends!)
Argo Samantaray:
Hometown: Charleston, SC.
School: Clemson University, Economics BS and Spanish minor
What brought you to CSM: I heard about it after I did a mission trip at CSM with my campus ministry, the Clemson Navigators.
What do you do at CSM: Lead project groups, work in operations to improve CSM economically (working on finding the most economical and civil fit of employee benefits), and do social media stuff.
What is your favorite part about being an intern: My favorite thing is to see walls shatter in people’s biases and see God growing people through friendships and service with people of different cultures, social classes, and races. God teaches people humility, he takes people that believe they can’t do anything and makes them leaders, he takes the broken and alone and gives them a community… the list goes on. He is amazing in what he is doing through Christian Service Mission.
Jacquie Schaffers:
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
School: Auburn University, BS in Early Childhood Education and will be working at Restoration Academy as a 3rd grade teacher in the Fall.
What brought you to CSM: My family has previously served with Christian Service Mission and I have a heart for serving the inner city.
What do you do at CSM: I serve with Jayla at a kids camp at True Vine Church.
What is your favorite part about being an intern: My favorite thing about CSM is the relationships that I have formed and seeing the people work together to further God’s kingdom in different ways.
Jayla Glenn:
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
School: Wallace Community College Selma, but will be transferring to UAB to study Veterinarian Medicine or Public Health
What brought you to CSM: Mr. Hipps called me in and personally asked me if I would like to be an intern. I was so excited I couldn’t say no!
What do you do at CSM: I serve at a kids camp at one of the partnering churches in Inglenook called True Vine.
What is your favorite part about being an intern: My favorite thing about CSM is how I get to meet new people, hear their stories, and help communities everywhere. I love learning about different things and people with the power of God. I’m most excited about getting the word of Christ out. Dealing with different groups every day and seeing how they are all unique is really fun.
Caitlin Pearcy:
Hometown: Fort Payne, AL
School: UAB, BS in Public Health and Global Health minor
What brought you to CSM: I was seeking a place where I could use my knowledge of health and nutrition to serve others in the community and ultimately bring glory to Christ.
What do you do at CSM: I serve as a Cooking Well intern.
 
What is your favorite part about being an intern: My favorite part is seeing how a simple cooking class can unite people of completely different backgrounds. It’s incredible how the Lord is using this class to break down cultural barriers and build relationships. I am so grateful to be apart of CSM this summer!
Tony Reda:
Hometown: Charleston, SC
School: Clemson University, BS in Horticulture, Spanish and Biological Sciences minors
What brought you to CSM: I applied to be an intern after a Spring Break trip to CSM with the Clemson Navigators.
What do you do at CSM: I am a gardening intern in charge of garden upkeep, managing aquaponics and hydroponics, and leading volunteer groups
What is your favorite part about being an intern: My favorite thing is the nature of the work. It’s super fast paced and outward focused, but gospel centered.
Anna Grace Askelson:
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
School: I’m a rising senior in high school. I want to work in marketing or advertising after college.
What brought you to CSM: Working with CSM after a church day trip last year brought me to where I am now!
What do you do at CSM: I work with Bundles of Hope, a diaper bank partnered with CSM. I also fill in where I’m needed with groups, gardening, etc.
What is your favorite part about being an intern: My favorite thing about CSM is how large their outreach is. From house repair, to diapers, to cooking classes, CSM works wherever they are needed. I’m super excited to work with Bundles of Hope to help execute their daily goals and help with their big event in September!