Tuesday, March 28|Stories

Undergraduate Interns: The Compassionate, Broken, Hopeful, and Diverse Family of Christ

I was in the middle of my second semester freshman year when I first heard about the
Undergraduate Internship. At the time, I was (and still am) a Chicago-born Catholic exploring other expressions of Christian faith, and was deeply desiring community.

I was just barely getting used to being at USD, and I had the naïve ambition to be a theology major and triple minor because I couldn’t decide what I actually wanted to do.

I wanted to be obedient to God’s call—I just wasn’t quite sure what it was.


When I started considering applying for the internship, I started talking to a friend about his experience as an intern and asked for his advice about doing it as a sophomore. He had nothing but incredible things to say, and told me that the internship is challenging, but I could do it if I really wanted to.

With that, I prayed and thought and prayed some more, and decided to go through with the application and eventually committed to the internship.


To be honest, as a freshman, car-less, infrequent attender, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Little did I know, it ended up being one of the most fun, fulfilling, challenging, and life-giving decisions I’ve ever made.

The thing about the internship that affirmed my leap of faith (and got me to come back for a second year) was the way it opened my eyes to the family of Christ. As an intern, I was able to witness the life of the Church from the inside out. I saw love and faithfulness demonstrated by its leaders, taken on by the Flood community, and carried out into the world. I had people surrounding me who cheered me on, not just in the internship, but in my spiritual, physical, academic, and relational life as well.

I was empowered with the sense that as a part of the family, I too have a voice and role in participating in what God is doing in and through our Church community.


I love my Flood family and I’m confident that wherever I end up, the ministerial and relational skills and insight that I’ve gained through the internship have equipped me to live out the truth of being part of the compassionate, broken, hopeful, diverse family of Christ.


About the Author:
Rachel Tumlos is a senior at USD, double majoring in Theology and Religious Studies and Psychology. She loves Dole Whip, perusing through Barnes and Noble, and hopes to attend grad school in the fall to become a Marital and Family Therapist.

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