United Theological Seminary

Videography Project Intern

The Saint Paul Area Synod is hiring an intern for a communications project in the summer of 2021. The intern will serve as the project lead for the production of a video diary, preserving the voices and stories of rostered ministers, who have served the church for fifty or more years, in preparation for the 2021 Honorees Luncheon in mid-September. With faith communities experiencing a generational transition, the video project will capture the wisdom of clergy who were ordained in the twentieth century and who have continued to serve into the twenty-first century. Additional assignments include filming video highlights of congregations across the synod and blogs reflecting the intern’s learning and experience. This is a good opportunity for someone with an interest in gaining experience in communications and video editing. Flexible hours and remote work make it an exciting complement to existing summer employment. This position reports to Mary Smith, director of communications. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.



§ With help from synod staff, identify appropriate voices and content from the synod’s rostered ministers celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2020-2021;
§ Develop questions and design the project, determining how to tell a compelling story;
§ Conduct video interviews;
§ Edit footage and deliver a finished video diary (approximately 15-20 minutes, equipment and editing software will be provided) by end of summer.


§ Create video entries for synod blogs reflecting on what you are learning about the church, ministry, intergenerational relationships, storytelling, etc.;
§ Complete photo and video assignments from the field, highlighting a number of unique features within the congregations of the synod.


§ Work to build strong relationships among leaders and congregations of this synod;
§ Support leaders, programs and efforts that further the mission of all expressions of the church;
§ Communicate and serve collegially with all on the synod staff.


§ Awareness of and commitment to the mission of the Saint Paul Area Synod;
§ Late high school to early graduate school candidates highly encouraged;
§ Interest in communications a plus;
§ Ability to work collaboratively in an environment that requires confidentiality.


§ Video production and editing experience required;
§ Strong oral and written communication skills;
§ Ability to set and maintain own deadlines;
§ Willingness to work independently, take initiative, follow tasks through to completion;
§ Ability to work in collaborative, cooperative relationships with other staff, synod leaders, congregations and outside contractors in a faith-based setting.


§ Stipend of $2,500, payable in installments throughout the summer with the final $500 payable upon delivery of the finished video diary;
§ Mileage reimbursed at federal rate.

Applications are being accepted now and will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, send cover letter expressing why you are interested in this internship along with the names and contact information for two references who can attest to your videography skills to info@spas-elca.org.