Ministry/Religion and Faith-Based Internships

Full descriptions of the following Internship Opportunities are available in the Internship Files located at the St. Ben’s and St. John’s Career Resource Centers.


ONGOING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. These organizations offer internships year round or every summer. Check the listing for details.

ARCHIVED OPPORTUNITIES are listed in alphabetical order. Don’t overlook these organizations who’ve offered internships in the past. If you find an organization that interests you, check their website or contact them directly for information about current opportunities.



Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) - Washington, DC           ON-GOING

CCHD internship placement program combines practical work in carrying out the mandate of CCHD at the local level, opportunities to develop relationships with community leaders, reflection on Catholic social teaching, and opportunities for sharing the experience with other CCHD interns.  The organization offers two internship positions. 

--The Diocesan CCHD intern works with the placement site to develop a work plan based on the skills and interests of the intern and the needs of the CCHD office.  Duties include community development projects, promotion of the CCHD annual collections, parish education projects, project monitoring/evaluation research, and feasibility studies.  This internship is offered in the summer and fall.  Time commitment is 10-20 hours/week during the school year and 30-40 hours/week during the summer.

--The second opportunity is with the CCHD national office in Washington, DC.  Interns assist the education unit with youth/young adult programs, the editing of resources, and the updating of the CCHD website.  Work may also entail phone surveys, research, writing, and helping with a project for a CCHD-funded group.  This is a 30 hours/week, summer opportunity. 

All majors are encouraged to apply for both positions.  The interns must be Catholic with leadership experience, community service experience, and effective writing/communication skills.  A stipend is provided, equivalent to $10/hour.  Applications can be downloaded from or requested by email at [email protected].

Applications received before March 1 will be given priority.                                  

CONTACT:     Mike Poulin, Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

ADDRESS:    Catholic Campaign for Human Development                
3211 Fourth Street NE                    
Washington, DC 20017

PHONE:        (202) 541-3297FAX: (202) 541-3329

EMAIL:         [email protected]


Denver Rescue Mission – Wellington, CO                                        ON-GOING

Denver Rescue Mission is the oldest full-service Christian Charity serving the poor and needy in Colorado.  The mission’s main focus is on long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation.  The mission offers a variety of internships that involve working with the residents of their rehabilitation programs, the staff of Denver Rescue Mission, and in their administrative offices.  Internships combine service, ministry, education, recreation, leadership opportunities, one-on-one mentoring, and spiritual growth in order to provide a unique experience.  The intern should be a junior or senior in college with an interest in serving the poor, needy, homeless, and those facing addictions, and those interested in growing in their spiritual lives.  Each intern will receive the following benefits: $100 per month stipend, $200 per month tuition assistance or student loan payment, and free room and board.  The internship is 8-10 weeks in duration from June through August.  For more information or to apply online, please visit the organization’s website.

CONTACT:     Brian Waltz

ADDRESS:    Harvest Farms     
4240 East County Road 66                
Wellington, CO 80549PHONE:

PHONE:          (970) 568-9803 ext 4235

EMAIL:         [email protected]



Camp Gray – Reedsburg, WI

Camp Gray is a summer program which serves 130 youth in grades 1-12. The program emphasizes community building, faith development, and fun through traditional activities such as arts and crafts, fishing, and horseback riding,  Camp Gray is offering an internship from June 5 – August 17. This internship is for individuals with a strong Christian faith, the ability to work as a member of a team, and a willingness to accept individuals of many different backgrounds.  Internship positions include: counselor, kitchen assistant, stables assistant, health assistant, program director, and program assistant.  This is a paid internship.

CONTACT:     Camp Gray

ADDRESS:    E102113 Shady Lane Rd.
Reedsburg, WI 53959

PHONE:        (800) 711-GRAY (4729)

E-MAIL:        [email protected]

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks – Boston, MA

A Christian Ministry in the National parks (ACMNP) is an interdenominational ministry whose ministry staff members blend work with worship for a short-term summer commitment of at least 90 days.  ACMNP staff members lead interdenominational services of worship in National Parks across the country.  Staff members also hold Bible Studies and fellowship activities for the people who live and work in the National Parks.  A company in the National Park employs staff members within the hospitality industry.  This company provides room and board at a minimal cost.  Much witnessing takes place through the relational presence of their ministry staff members as they live and work with their co-workers.   There is great room for creativity and initiative in opportunities.  This is a paid position.  

Church of St. Paul - St. Cloud, MN

The Church of St. Paul in St. Cloud has an immediate need for an intern to work with their Director of Adult Faith Formation.  This is a newly created position and would offer an opportunity to create an internship experience in partnership with the director. Projects may include working with the September to May Speaker Program, preparing the monthly newsletter, and shadowing.  The experience could be designed by the candidate so that the candidate's own goals for the internship are met. The opportunity is open to juniors and seniors of all majors. In addition to Theology majors, this position may be of interest to majors in Education, Psychology or Social Work.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation Freeman Peace Internship – MN, CA, Washington D.C.

The U.S. Fellowship of Reconciliation has three paid youth intern positions open for the 2005-06 year dealing with resolving human conflict.  Positions include a Latin America & Caribbean intern, a Nonviolent Youth Collective Freeman Organizer and a program assistant for interfaith peace-builders.  All positions deal with the organization and implementation of the programs they are involved in.  The three 11 month positions include a stipend of $650/month, medical insurance, housing, four weeks vacation and the opportunity to work with a national peace organization.  Positions will start in the late summer or early fall, depending on the program.  Each intern will work with the mentorship and supervision of the program coordinator, as well as the support of the internship coordinator.  Interns will also attend a group orientation in Nyack, NY toward the start of their internship.  Prospective interns must submit a separate application for each program area including a response to all questions in section I and II, a current resume and the required affirmative action supplement.  Send a copy of the application to the address below and to the coordinator of the program.

CONTACT:     Maryrose Dolezal

ADDRESS:      1050 Selby Ave.    
St. Paul, MN  55104

PHONE:        (651) 647-4465

FAX:             (651) 647-4271


Hope Chapel - Kihei, HI

Hope Chapel is a Christ-centered interdenominational church with an emphasis on Bible teaching and inspirational workshop.  They have three services each weekend with an average attendance of 1,400 people and a 21 member staff.  The internship program covers comprehensive exposure to all areas of ministry such as general office administration, bookstore, soundboard, multimedia, special events coordination, and facilitating a college-age Bible study.  Each intern will spend 40 hours a week working alongside one of the pastors or staff overseers in a specialty area.  This is a paid position that will start in the fall.

Loaves and Fishes Catholic Worker Community - Duluth, MN

The Loaves and Fishes Catholic Worker Community in Duluth is looking for interns and community members.  Loaves and Fishes is an intentional community rooted in the rich tradition of the Catholic Worker. Loaves and Fishes is an intentional community rooted in the rich tradition of the Catholic Worker movement that was begun by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933.  The work of their community focuses on four areas: Hospitality, resistance, community living, and spirituality.  The daily work and play consists of: cooking, cleaning, listening, grassroots organizing, vigilling, prayer, meetings, gardening, swimming, writing, house repairs, and connecting folks in need with resources.  This internship offers free room and board.  For additional information please stop by the CSB/SJU Career Resource Center.

ADDRESS:              1712 Jefferson St.       
                           Duluth, MN 55812
PHONE:                 (218) 724-2054

National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice - Chicago, IL

The Catholic Social Teaching Summer Internship is a collaborative project of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.  The internship will give undergraduate students the opportunity to: 1) learn in-depth and principles and foundations of Catholic Social Teaching; 2) witness workers’ struggles for justice in the workplace; 3) develop a wide range of skills, including coalition building, organizing, advocacy, public policy and communications; 4) integrate principles and theories of Catholic Social Teaching with hands-on experience of working for social change; 5) increase ability to apply the principles of Catholic Social Teaching to a wide range of vocational and social arenas.  Each intern will receive housing, food, and transportation costs as needed. 

Nehemiah Urban Ministries

Nehemiah Urban Ministries is offering 12 summer fellowships. These are 8-week programs which include travel expenses, full room and board, as well as living expenses. At the completion of the fellowship, a grant of up to $3000 is available.  Individuals may have the opportunity to travel and work with organizations in the cities of Miami, Washington, Atlanta, Denver, Tampa, Chicago, and Sacramento.  Application deadline is April 1.  More information and applications can be found either on the company website or by contacting the below information.  

CONTACT:     Gwen Khumalo
Fellowship Coordinador
PHONE: (916) 231-1999 Ext. 5220


Office of Family Life and Youth Ministry - Rockford, IL

This program is developed to help educate, form and give hands-on experience to college grads that want to pursue a career in Youth Ministry. It is a ten-month experience that after 5-6 months there is the possibility for full-time employment in the parish they are working in. It is a paid program with benefits. Internships are from August 1- June 1 of each year.

Sacred Heart Church – Sauk Rapids, MN

This is a spring opportunity for a youth ministry internship at Sacred Heart Church in Sauk Rapids, MN.  This opportunity is for young people learning to have responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the faith community.  Interns will befriend young people through various events, coordinate youth groups, promote youth activities, coordinate the Adult Leadership Team, coordinate the Youth Leadership team, attend minister meetings, meet with the pastor, and attend weekly parish staff meetings.  The internship will be from January– May at approximately 8-10 hours per week.  This is a paid position with a stipend of $1000.  Interns must be a junior or senior with a major or minor in Theology and must have skills in leadership, management, interpersonal relationships, organization, and collaboration.  If interested please send resume and letter of intent by December 12th to the contact information below.  The Internship Office strongly recommends that you have your application materials critiqued before applying for an internship. Career Services staff on each campus offer resume and cover letter critiques as a service to students. Employers and other professionals can also critique resumes. You can ask faculty to help you choose and clean up writing samples. Be sure to print a clean copy of any writing samples you submit--grades, notations, and corrections should be removed. Use spell check on all documents as a final check.

CONTACT:     Erik Aschenbeck

ADDRESS:    Sacred Heart Church       
216 3rd Ave. S.                 
Sauk Rapids, MN  56379

St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Parish – Hastings, MN

St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Parish is a Roman Catholic, faith community serving the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.  The parish is currently offering a summer internship position for a student enrolled in youth ministry, theology, or related program.  The intern will work closely with the coordinator of youth ministries to help plan, promote, organize, and lead existing summer programs for youth; organize and lead weekly “Faith Club” program; and recruit volunteers.  The intern should be a person who models and appreciates Christian values and Catholic tradition, has an ability to work well with others, and has competent computer skills.  This is a 20 hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours, position with a $500 per month stipend.  If interested in this opportunity, send a letter of application and resume to Maria Werner at the address below.

CONTACT:     Maria Werner

ADDRESS:    St. Elizabeth Ann Secton Parish          
2035 15th St. West                 
Hastings, MN 55033

PHONE:        (651) 437-9191 ext. 237

EMAIL:         [email protected]

Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Department of Indian Work – Saint Paul, Minnesota

Project Description:  Research, plan, and assist with the productions plan and film editing for the DVD film series titled “Journey into Reconciliation”, an educational tool for faith communities to learn about the American Indian community in Minnesota.

Applications Process:   This internship is sponsored by HECUA’s Partners Internship Program which has provided a grant to Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Department of Indian Work for the summer of 2006.  A full description of the internship and contact information is available on the HECUA website:  Note:  Applications for this internship should be made directly to Saint Paul Area Council of Churches Department of Indian Work.

Village Creek Bible Camp – Northeast Iowa

Village Creek Bible Camp is offering two summer internship positions.  The first position is as a worship leader.  The intern must have a desire to serve Jesus in a camp setting, be competent on the guitar or keyboard in a lead position, be able to set up and tear down sound equipment, choose age-appropriate music for worship sets and organize rehearsals as needed

The second position is a media supervisor intern.  The intern will oversee the media program.  The intern must be creative in photography and video and have experience in any digital editing format. To apply for either position:

CONTACT:     Sue Lyford, Program Director

PHONE:        (563) 535-7320 ext. 102

EMAIL:         [email protected]


Youth Investment – Onamia, MN

Youth Investment, founded in 1970, is a Christian outreach program sponsoring Timber Bay Camp and its follow-through community programs in suburban areas along with other communities in the Upper Midwest.  These programs positively affect the lives of hundreds of troubled young people.  Internships are available and offer various levels of responsibilities in the programs efforts to help hurting kids.  For more information check out their website or e-mail the organization at the address below.

E-MAIL:        [email protected]