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EM Cross-Cultural Internship

Internship Overview

The EM Cross-Cultural internship is a hands-on experience traveling and working throughout the spring or summer months in one of our partner communities in the U.S. or across the globe. EM Interns join a team of 2-3 other young adults who work together to provide leadership and logistical support in the field for short-term mission teams. You will take the lead in coordinating critical details for the teams such as work projects, housing, food, water, and transportation.

Additionally, this paid missions internship allows you to embark on a journey through a full cross-cultural experience as you invest in relationships with the local people. Whether you're leading mission teams in building schools, conducting home repairs, feeding the homeless, or running children's programs, you will be a vital part of bringing hope to the lives of many while encouraging mutual influence and sustainable change in underprivileged communities around the world.

Basic Info

Preferred candidates will possess strong leadership abilities, communication skills, the ability to problem solve and learn rapidly, teamwork capabilities, problem solving skills and self-motivation. Candidates must be willing to travel to their designated domestic or international community for the duration of the summer. Bonus skills include experience in construction, media, and the ability to speak Spanish.

$200/week when leading mission teams (housing and food included)

SUMMER: 7-13 weeks (between mid-May & mid-August)
SPRING: 4-6 weeks (between mid-February & late-April)

Appalachia, Kentucky
Appalachia, West Virginia
Navajo Nation (Arizona & New Mexico)
Moore, Oklahoma
Atlanta, Georgia
Washington, D.C.
New York City
South Texas
Talamanca, Costa Rica
Portland, Maine


Hear From Past Cross-Cultural Interns

"I have been challenged and stretched in my understanding of living truly and purposefully on mission, and although I deeply miss the people I met in New York City and the mission teams, the way they all have taught me about Jesus through words and actions has shaped me in a lasting way, as I move on to my next phase of life." Read her story >

KATHRYN GRAHAM — Portland, Maine
"Being an EM intern shifted my world. I learned more about reliance than I ever knew I would need to put into practice, and I learned that part of the responsibility of leadership lies in the willingness to give things up to God, embracing the fact that I am simply human." Read her story >

TRENT ALSIN — Moore, Oklahoma
"I am so passionate about the emphasis that Experience Mission places on relationships over works in short-term missions. We would be terrible representatives of Christ if we were to come into a community, build a house for a family, and make no effort to interact with or get to know the people." Read his story >

JENNIFER CHEVRIER — Appalachia, West Virginia
"When we approach others with respect and dignity, barriers can be broken. When we realize that the major differences between 'us' and 'them' is mere circumstance, the 'us and the' mentality is shattered and met with compassion." Read her story >

EMILY WAGNER — Western Navajo, Arizona


Applications for Spring/Summer 2017 are now open!

If you have any questions, please contact:

AMY YODER, Cross-Cultural Internship Coordinator
(260) 750-6765 |

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