M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Our benefactor, Jack Murdock, believed in the power of workers and the importance of pouring into the potential we see in others. It is in this spirit that the Murdock Trust invests in leadership development throughout the Pacific Northwest, supporting current leaders through Enrichment programs and leadership development, and, just as importantly, investing in the future generation of leaders through internships and mentorship.

For many young adults, internships are the best way they are exposed to the daily tasks, challenges, and rewards of organizational work and leadership. A good internship is an opportunity for a student or recent graduate to start to apply their classroom learnings, continue discerning interests and talents, receive mentorship, and contribute fresh insight to an organization. This is why the Trust is grateful to support internships through our Vision & Call Internship Program, and why we are so excited to introduce our new summer intern at the Trust.

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Christopher (CJ) Caudle joins us for three months as a recent graduate of Life Pacific University in San Dimas, CA. He graduated with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing, and following his internship he will be pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Portland Seminary – George Fox University, with a biblical studies concentration. During his time at the Trust, Christopher will be working on projects in Finance, Enrichment, Technology, and Communications. He is particularly interested in learning strategic leadership principles, which he can hopefully apply to future business and church leadership roles.

“The Trust as an organization, and I personally, have benefitted from the work of interns in all we do,” says Steve Moore, executive director. “They help us be a learning organization and advance and extend our work in the unique contributions they make and the perspectives they bring. Former interns are now leading organizations and serving in diverse sectors all around the region.”

We are excited to see the ways Christopher will bring his unique skills and gifts to the Trust this summer. Join us in giving him our warmest welcome, and thanking him for the ways his work will enrich the communities of the Pacific Northwest!

For resources on building your own thriving internship program, see the Vision & Call Six Essentials series on our blog.

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