The internship (CMIT program) at Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at San Diego State
exists to equip its participants for a life of ministry infused with the Chi Alpha DNA of lifestyle
discipleship that goes after the one lost sheep. Whether the intern ends up being called to
ministry on a secular campus, in a church, in overseas missions or in the marketplace, they will
be prepared to live a life of discipleship and make a Kingdom impact through Chi Alpha’s
purposes of worship, prayer, community, discipleship and mission.
Chi Alpha at San Diego State’s mission is to see a Chi Alpha pioneered on every campus
in the county of San Diego. Because of this our intern experience focuses on the art of pioneering
a campus, but is not limited to those wishing to pioneer. While our lab and focus is the secular
college campus, the life and ministry skills learned during these ten months are applicable to
ministry in any setting. The intern will be guided through a discernment process during the
second half of their internship concerning where God is leading them to serve.
As a CMIT you are a “Campus Missionary in Training.” While you will be performing
many of the functions of a campus missionary, you will have a heavy classroom learning
component and a lab component that includes a close mentoring relationship and hands-on
learning. This mentoring will largely take place between you and your CMIT staff mentor, but
will also come through interactions with other local staff, regional Chi Alpha leaders, as well as
360 degree evaluations.
As part of this mentoring process you will be put in visioning and planning sessions and
allowed full participation in these times. You should know that influence does not come simply
through position or presence but through gaining trust and relational capital with those with
whom you work. Because of this, while your input is welcomed and valued, it may not always be
valued equally compared to those who have been on staff longer, who know our campus, our
students and our context.
Email Brandon for further details or with any questions you may have.
Isaac Shoulderblade first got involved in Chi Alpha during college at Montana State University, where he met his wife Daniela. They felt God call them to San Diego. so they packed up and moved. Isaac is now completing the internship as the first steps to joining the team as a full time staff member. He has a love for college students and a passion for seeing lives transformed.
Michael Bonilla is a recent SDSU graduate with a heart for Christ and and the broken hearted. Jesus is his rock, comforter, and his life. The Lord led him through multiple career changes before finding Chi Alpha. From rugby, to pursuing academia and professorhood, to now pursuing ministry and becoming a pastor. Michael’s favorite verse is Proverbs 16:9, “a man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”