Do more with your summer.
Discover the passions within.
The YMCA Intern Challenge is a summer-long elimination challenge focused on developing leadership, teamwork, and communication skills in the youth and up and coming generation. Put on by the YMCA of Rock River Valley, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to challenge your potential and discover your passions in an environment of safety and support.

“I interviewed with television news outlets, radio broadcasts, and gave stage-top impromptu speeches. I met with prominent business leaders and local philanthropists in fundraising efforts. The competition thoroughly challenged my work ethic, moral values, and resilience.”

Kyle Intabandith
Contestant, Seasons 1 & 2
What is the structure like?

We’ve modeled this program after the hit show the Apprentice. Like the show, contestants will be split into teams to complete weekly challeges presented by various businesses. At the end of the week one team will be declared the winner and there will be at least one person eliminated from the competition based on performance throughout the challenge.

Is it paid?

Yes! Every week interns are paid a $100 stipend as well as $50 to the winning team leader. Also, the 1st place intern at the end of the summer receives a $1,500 college scholarship and the option of a summer-long paid internship with the YMCA of Rock River Valley worth up to $5,000. Second place receives a $1,000 college scholarship and third place receives a $500 college scholarship.

What is the typical weekly schedule?

Mondays start with the week’s challenge and the dividing of teams. Teams then have until their presentation on Friday morning to work together to complete the challenge. Time management and team collaboration is up to them during the week.

How many hours are expected?

Hours vary based on the requirements of challenges, however we recommend setting at least 25 hours aside each week to complete the challenges.

Is there an age requirement?

Contestants must be between 16 and 24 years of age and currently attenting high school or college.

What is the length of the challenge?

The YMCA Intern Challenge lasts for 7 weeks from June 13 to August 3.

Do I get time off?

Most Saturdays and Sundays are designated as off with exceptions for special events and challenges.

Will I hear from someone immediately?

You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon submitting your application. We will only call applicants we choose to interview.

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