Celebrate 10 Years of True North Interns With Us!

Rebecca Corvil

The True North Academy is celebrating its 10th year here at Northland! We are excited to welcome 20 interns who are serving in several different departments, from worship and student ministries to ACCESS ministries and beyond! They come from cities both local and international – from Longwood all the way to San Jose, Costa Rica! We are blessed to have them a part of our family for a summer. Whether you see them working hard on many tasks or taking care of our littlest ones, make sure to stop by and say "Hello!" 

Meet our Interns! 

Joshua Bishop  
INTERNSHIP: Worship/Student Ministries
SCHOOL: Seminole State College
CLASSIFICATION: Sophomore
MAJOR: Music theory
HOMETOWN: Lake Mary
MY DREAM JOB: Creative director
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I am excited to learn and grow in an established environment with excellent musicians and intelligent theologians.

Sidney Blankespoor
INTERNSHIP: Social justice
SCHOOL: Point Loma Nazarene University
CLASSIFICATION: Sophomore
MAJOR: Social work
HOMETOWN: Grand Rapids, Mich.
BEST DANCE MOVE: The Tornado (I will demonstrate later.)  
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I want to gain experience in the field of social work, but more importantly I want to grow in my relationship with Jesus during my time here. I hope to be encouraged, challenged and changed.

Katherine Bomgaars
INTERNSHIP: Worship
SCHOOL: Wartburg College
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Religion, Spanish
HOMETOWN: Sheldon, Iowa
PERSON I’D LIKE MOST TO MEET ON EARTH: My doppelganger
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I am excited to get real-world experience working in a church, especially leading others in worship. I am excited to grow in my personal faith and theology as well.

Matthew Brown
INTERNSHIP: Children’s curriculum
SCHOOL: University of Mobile
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
MAJOR: Worship leadership (church ministry)
HOMETOWN: Cullman, Ala.
FAVORITE SONG: Immortal Megamix by Michael Jackson
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I am really excited about children’s ministry, and the more I learned the more my anticipation grew! I thoroughly believe that changing the world begins with changing the hearts of children.

Maria Jose Calderon
INTERNSHIP: Communications and CARE Center
SCHOOL: Universidad de Costa Rica
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
MAJOR: Public relations
HOMETOWN: San José, Costa Rica
BEST DANCE MOVE: Salsa!
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I want to learn but also be a part of a group of people whose purpose is to work toward God’s original plan – a church that works together in worshiping His name and spreading His Word and love all around the world.

James Collingsworth
INTERNSHIP: Technology Department
SCHOOL: University of Mobile
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
MAJOR: Worship technologies  
HOMETOWN: Panama City
PERSON I’D LIKE MOST TO MEET IN HEAVEN: King Josiah
I’m interning at Northland this summer because it will provide opportunities to see a different side of a church than I am used to. I know God has ordained this internship, and words cannot express how excited I am to be able to participate!

Rebecca Corvil
INTERNSHIP: Communications
SCHOOL: University of North Florida
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Communications
HOMETOWN: Port Charlotte
ALWAYS EAT MY VEGGIES? If I can get dessert after!
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I love serving other people, ministry and my major/career profession. It is truly amazing to have an opportunity to combine all three while working with other like-minded students for a summer.

Bubba Elkhoury
INTERNSHIP: Facilities
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
HOMETOWN: Longwood
FAVORITE SONG: “Jesus,” by Chris Tomlin
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I enjoy working with Doug! 

Lauren Ellison
INTERNSHIP: Worship
SCHOOL: University of Mobile
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
MAJOR: Worship leadership
HOMETOWN: Daphne, Ala.
BEST SUBJECT: Algebra
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I’m looking to learn outside of the bubble of “church culture” that I’ve grown so accustomed to. I want to increase my musical skills and gain a deeper theological understanding of God’s Word and how those truths apply to our lives today.

Christina Jones  
INTERNSHIP: Worship
SCHOOL: University of Mobile
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
MAJOR: Worship leadership/psychology
HOMETOWN: Beardstown, Ill.
FAVORITE APP: StarMap
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I was searching for an internship that could balance my two passions, social justice and music, and Northland fit the bill. I want to learn, grow and love people – my friends and professors tell me that Northland does all of that well.

Heidi Krauss
INTERNSHIP: Social justice
SCHOOL: Taylor University  
CLASSIFICATION: Sophomore
MAJOR: Social work
HOMETOWN: Battle Creek, Mich.
FAVORITE APP: Starbucks
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I want experience doing social work and ministry together. I am also excited to work with many different groups of people.

C.J. Mcleod
INTERNSHIP: Worship
SCHOOL: University of Mobile
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Worship leadership
HOMETOWN: Montgomery, Ala.
FAVORITE LATE-NIGHT STUDY FOOD: Bacon
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I want to grow while contributing to a ministry I love!

Kyle Mullin
INTERNSHIP: Student Ministries  
SCHOOL: Hope College
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
MAJOR: Psychology
HOMETOWN: Lisle, Ill.
WEIRDEST PLACE I’VE EVER PRAYED: Belaying someone on a 30-foot pole
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I would love to gain experience while working outside of my comfort zone in ways that are different from what I am used to. I love working in youth ministry, and I am excited for what I have to learn from Northland!

Nicole Phelps
INTERNSHIP: Student Ministries  
SCHOOL: Taylor University  
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Christian ministries
HOMETOWN: Waukesha, Wis.
DREAM JOB: Youth pastor
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I cannot wait to get more experience with student ministries! This will be a totally new experience for me. I am looking forward to a new adventure and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Stephanie Riquelmy-Seda
INTERNSHIP: Access Ministries (special needs)
SCHOOL: University of Central Florida  
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Athletic training
HOMETOWN: Orlando
DREAM JOB: Athletic trainer for USA women’s soccer team
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I want to learn more about the ministries that Northland has to offer. I grew up attending Northland and currently volunteer with Access Ministries, and I want to learn more.

Jazlyn Ruiz
INTERNSHIP: Communications
SCHOOL: Hope College
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Dance and communications
HOMETOWN: Holland, Mich.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I would like to learn more about working in a communications department and grow in a new church, observing the work God is doing among Northland!

Natalie Schalk 
INTERNSHIP: CARE Center
SCHOOL: Hope College
CLASSIFICATION: Senior
MAJOR: Social work
HOMETOWN: Charlotte, Mich.
FAVORITE SONG: Anything country
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I feel as though it could help me in my journey of figuring out where I want to go in life. I am hoping to gain a new understanding of what working in ministry could look like.

Tiffany Stanford
INTERNSHIP: Children’s Ministries
SCHOOL: University of Mobile
CLASSIFICATION: Sophomore
MAJOR: Elementary education/early childhood
HOMETOWN: Lewisburg, TN
WEIRDEST PLACE YOU’VE EVER PRAYED: The Walmart pickle aisle
I’m interning at Northland because I have many friends who have interned at Northland, and they have been changed from the inside out by the people and their experience. That is a testimony I want to be a part of.

Emily Veldman
INTERNSHIP: CARE Center
SCHOOL: Hope College  
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Business
HOMETOWN: Coopersville, Mich.
BEST DANCE MOVE: Kermit the Frog
I’m interning at Northland this summer because I’m super excited to learn more about the Orlando community and see how the Lord is working. I am also interested in nonprofit work, and I can’t wait to be a part of these ministries and see how God is working in the nuts and bolts of Northland.

 

Alyssa Salvador
INTERNSHIP: Children’s curriculum development  
SCHOOL: Florida Southern College  
CLASSIFICATION: Junior
MAJOR: Music education
HOMETOWN: Altamonte Springs
LONGEST I’VE STAYED AWAKE DURING FINALS: 48 hours
I’m interning at Northland this summer because this gives me the opportunity to strengthen my faith, develop new friendships and learn techniques I’ll later be able to apply in a classroom.