Samaritan’s Purse, the organization behind Operation Christmas Child, has chosen to partner with Cedarville University to provide a variety of internships and leadership training opportunities to students and alumni. Photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.
by Bethany Brock, Public Relations Writer
May 10, 2013
Samaritan’s Purse has chosen to partner with Cedarville University to provide internship, volunteer and employment opportunities to students and alumni. Cedarville is one of six universities that will be partnering with the organization.
Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization that works in more than 100 countries to provide spiritual and physical aid to victims of disaster, disease, poverty, famine and war in the name of Jesus Christ. Headquartered in Boone, N.C., Samaritan’s Purse has affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, plus field offices in 15 developing countries.
One of the organization’s more well-known programs is Operation Christmas Child, which has delivered gift-filled shoe boxes to over 100 million children worldwide.
Franklin Graham, president and CEO, gave the address at Cedarville University’s commencement ceremony in 2012.
This partnership will bring awareness to internship, volunteer and employment opportunities in a variety of fields to qualified students and alumni, and also serve as a bridge to build relationships with faculty and staff members. Internship opportunities will include working with relief projects, ministry development and Operation Christmas Child.
A team from Samaritan’s Purse visited numerous Christian universities to evaluate academics, mission statements and extracurricular activities to evaluate which universities would be the best fit for the partnership.
According to Stephen Rhoads, campus relations manager at Samaritan’s Purse, the partnership is designed to benefit both organizations. “Our goal is to build a close, mutually beneficial relationship between our organization and Cedarville faculty and staff and provide students with opportunities to engage in a variety of manners,” Rhoads said.
Samaritan’s Purse is planning to visit campus twice a year to attend career fairs, host informational meetings and send representatives to speak in classes.
“We’re excited for the future and to see how God works through this new partnership,” Rhoads said.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Inspiring greatness for over 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.