Spend your spring or summer serving and leading short-term mission trips in EM partner communities around the U.S. and beyond.
Application deadline is January 25, 2019. Apply today!
Applications for Spring & Summer 2018 are now closed.
Sign up to be notified when applications open for 2019!
The EM Cross-Cultural Internship is a hands-on missions experience. Travel and serve throughout the spring or summer months in one of our partner communities in the U.S. or across the globe. Join a team of 2-3 other young adults and 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, outreach opportunities, housing, food, 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 trip 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.
Appalachia, West Virginia
Navajo Nation (AZ and NM)
New York City
Talamanca, Costa Rica
during weeks with mission teams (room and board provided for the duration of the internship)
(between late May & mid-August)
(between late February & late April)
Preferred candidates will possess strong leadership abilities, communication skills, the ability to problem solve and learn rapidly, teamwork capabilities, and self-motivation. Candidates must be willing to travel to their designated domestic or international community for the duration of the spring or summer. Bonus skills include experience in construction*, photography, videography, and the ability to speak Spanish.
*Special consideration will be given to applicants who possess significant construction experience, specifically in the areas of flooring, roofing, framing, and drywall. Please mention these in your application!
This internship is designed for young adults who have been out of high school for at least one year, either completing at least one year of college or gaining work experience.
Hear from Past Interns
Katherine L. — Kentucky
"Living as an Experience Mission Intern in Pikeville, Kentucky continually taught me that the Lord is faithful. The Lord's plan and grace was made clear to me as we immersed ourselves into the Appalachian culture, welcomed teams into our community and learned about daily dependence on the Lord. Being an Experience Mission Intern is not a normal summer job, it is a place where the Lord will stretch you into who you are becoming."
Steffan F. — Washington, D.C.
"Overall, this summer was the greatest I've ever had. I was truly blessed to have had this opportunity. I have gained the greatest experiences here in D.C. that I will be taking back home such as volunteering a lot more. Lastly, the friendships I've made with the team members will always be in my heart. This was the most challenging yet most rewarding experience."
Alia B. — Maine
"This internship was life-changing. I love Lewiston and the opportunities EM's partners provide the community. The work being done there taught me a lot about how to love people better. It was challenging because it tested my patience and my reactions to situations. I had to become much more self-aware, and I appreciate that."
Jake D. — Navajo Reservation
"As the internship progressed, one thing was very apparent to me: God was at work in this community long before I entered it, and he will be at work long after I leave it, and I was very humbled by this thought. Yes, I was giving my summer to attempt to serve like Christ, but I quickly realized I was not the main character of this story. There were people already present who had committed their entire lives to love and serve this community."
Karly P. — Kentucky
"In a season of navigating next steps, the Lord called me to set aside fear and expectation and simply trust Him with both my present and my future. As I walked through the summer, the community in Pikeville, KY, continued to invite me in and teach me what it looks like to love and serve in the simplest ways. The Lord continued to reveal Himself in the wildest ways as He equipped me for tasks I never knew I’d need to do and renewed my heart to pour love and passion into people and into our work in the community."
Reese B. — Atlanta / New York
"My summer as an EM intern was marked by hard work and serious growth. I was challenged and stretched in ways I never have been before. I built relationships with people that will last a lifetime. I led Kids Clubs, served in soup kitchens and participated in street outreach. Most importantly, I was reminded of the true motivation behind mission work. I learned that when I care more about Jesus getting the recognition He deserves than the number of projects we accomplished each week, I can better reach the people I have been called to serve. My summer was unforgettable, and I am expectant for what God will do in these communities in the future."
Rubie N. — Kentucky
Application deadline is January 25, 2019.
Applications for Spring & Summer 2018 are now closed.
Sign up to be notified when applications are open for 2019!
What is the Cross-Cultural Internship application deadline?
SPRING applications are due by December 14, 2018.
SUMMER applications are due by January 25, 2019.
What is the SPRING internship timeline?*
October 15 - December 14: Applications submitted
October - January: Spring applications reviewed and interviews conducted with select candidates
December - Early January: Spring interns selected and notified
Mid-Late February: Training (date TBD)
Mid-February - Mid-April: Spring Cross-Cultural Interns serve domestically
*All dates are subject to change. No intern is guaranteed service for the entire length of the spring.
What is the SUMMER internship timeline?*
October 15 - January 25: Applications open to submit (Note: we recommend completing your application as early as possible.)
October - February: Summer applications reviewed and interviews conducted with select candidates
December - March: Summer interns selected and notified
March - May: Summer internship details finalized
May 9-13, 2019: Mandatory 5-day training event for all summer interns
Mid-May - Mid-August: Summer Cross-Cultural interns serve domestically and internationally
*All dates are subject to change. No intern is guaranteed service for the entire length of the summer.
Can I serve as both a Spring & Summer Intern?
Yes, this is an option. Please select that you are interested in both internships and we will consider you for both positions. Note: Selecting both does not mean you automatically receive both internships if accepted. We will let you know what for which internship you have been selected.
What events are mandatory if I receive and accept this internship?
Both EM's training and the entirety of your spring or summer service are mandatory. Training for the Summer Cross-Cultural Internship will be held May 9-13, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. Training for the Spring Cross-Cultural Internship will be solidified at a later date. The starting and ending date for the Cross-Cultural Internship Program will vary depending on the community you are assigned. If you have restrictions for the dates you are able to serve, please specify on your application. (If you are applying for the Spring Internship you will receive training on-site and with our staff via remote communication prior to serving with us.)
Is this a paid internship?
Interns will be paid $240/week for weeks when mission teams are present and $100/week during weeks when mission teams are not. During weeks without mission teams, interns are expected to build relationships within the community and prepare for the upcoming trips unless a special request is made with approval from EM. Additionally, interns have the option to personally raise a support from friends and family for their time of service. Details and support materials are provided shortly after hiring. All summer interns are paid $750 at the end of July and any remaining balance after their service is completed.
What training will I receive?
Summer Interns will have 5 days of interactive training (May 9-13, 2019) before you begin your internship. Your training will include team building activities, cultural awareness sessions, practical instruction, case studies, and EM's philosophical training. (Spring Interns will receive an adjusted training and with our staff on site & via remote communication prior to serving with us.)
Will I have any time off?
As determined by EM, many intern teams will have a week or two off throughout the duration of their service. Other intern teams may work straight through their internship with only a few weekends off. During weeks that you are not responsible to host a team, your time will be spent building relationships with our community partners, preparing for the next teams, and taking some time to relax and refocus. You will be paid $100 during weeks without a team. Interns who choose to use this time for personal leave must first request the time off with EM staff members, will not be paid for the week, and will be required to pay all of the expenses incurred during this time.
Do I have to pay for anything?
Though your expenses will be covered once you arrive, you will be responsible to arrange and pay for the entirety of your travel to EM's training event in Fort Wayne, IN. You will also be responsible to arrange and cover your travel to and from your assigned location at the beginning and end of the summer. EM will provide $350 to go towards travel expenses for those assigned to a domestic location and $600 for those assigned to an international location. EM will also provide housing, food, and transportation during all activities related to your internship responsibilities once you have arrived in your assigned community. However, we do not pay for meals eaten outside of the weekly menu that is provided for the teams or personal transportation costs that are incurred on weeks off.
Can I choose my cross-cultural internship location?
Experience Mission works hard to determine the best location for each intern, as there are many factors that go into this decision. Though we do take your preference into consideration, team dynamics, necessary skills, and many other factors also play a part in our decision. We ask our intern candidates to be willing to serve wherever they're most needed.
Do I have to speak Spanish in order to serve in a Latin American community?
Yes, in order to serve in one of our Latin American partner communities you must speak Spanish well enough to translate.
Can I receive college credit?
In the past, many interns have received college credit for this internship. In order to pursue this, you must contact your advisor to see find out the necessary requirements and explore whether this internship will fit the requirements. Our Leadership Development department is happy to fill out evaluations upon request.
What support can I expect from Experience Mission?
Experience Mission will provide you with a great amount of support throughout your internship. In addition to the support of our local Community Partners, EM staff are available 24-hours a day in case you need to get in touch. Each intern can expect frequent calls with EM staff for logistical and emotional support.
Do I need to have medical insurance?
Yes. All Interns must show proof of medical insurance before the internship begins.
Do I have to be CPR/First Aid certified?
Yes, you must be CPR/First Aid certified. It is your responsibility to receive your First Aid and CPR certification before the training event. You will be required to provide us a copy no later than two weeks prior to training.
What will our responsibilities include?
As an intern team, you will be responsible for running exceptional mission trips in our partner communities. The primary areas of focus include managing logistics, serving the teams, and working alongside the community. You and your intern team will divide several responsibilities including oversight of construction projects, overall schedule, budget, leaders' meetings, outreach programs, housing and food, and many others.
Can my family and friends visit?
Experience Mission understands how great it is for friends and family to see you in action and experience life in your assigned community. Because of this, friends and family are more than welcome to sign up through Experience Mission to serve on a trip. If they choose to come on their own, this must take place during a time that you are not hosting a team. We ask that you coordinate this with us as time off, and you will not be compensated for that time of service.
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You must have a group size of at least 6 members to join this trip. Please view the Small Team trips or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.
For most trips, you must have a group size of at least 6 members. Please view the Small Teams tab on each Community page or call our Servicing Department for more options at 888-475-6414.