Spend your summer capturing photos and video footage 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 Missions Media Internship is an extension of the EM Cross-Cultural Internship, taking photographers and videographers to EM partner communities across the U.S. and around the globe. Join a team of 2-3 other young adults and work together to capture the real moments of connection, learning, and mutual influence that happen between volunteers and community members on short-term missions. After traveling to several communities, this team of media interns will work together to tell the story through videos and photo-based projects.
This paid media internship allows you to embark on a journey through a full cross-cultural experience as you invest in relationships with the local people and learn how to step out from behind the lens and make real connections. Whether you're framing a shot or fostering relationships between volunteers and the community, you'll 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.
EM Partner Communities
Appalachia, West Virginia
Navajo Nation (AZ and NM)
New York City
Talamanca, Costa Rica
(room and board provided for the duration of the internship)
(between late May & mid-August)
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 whichever domestic or international communities they are assigned and commit to the duration summer internship.
Media interns will travel to multiple communities during the summer—collecting photos, video footage, or both—before spending two weeks with EM's marketing team in Washington creating marketing materials for use throughout 2019-2020.
All applicants wishing to be considered for a Missions Media Internship position MUST:
Hear from Past Cross-Cultural 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 2019 are now closed.
Sign up to be notified when applications are open for 2020!
What is the Missions Media Internship application deadline?
All applications for the Cross-Cultural Internship (including those for the Missions Media Internship) must be completed by January 25, 2019, but the review process for applications will begin on November 1, 2018.
What is the internship timeline?*
October 15 - January 25: Applications open to submit (NOTE: We recommend completing your application as early as possible.)
October - February: Applications reviewed and interviews conducted with select candidates
December - March: Interns selected and notified
March - May: Internship details finalized
May 9-13, 2019: Mandatory 5-day training event for all summer interns
Mid-May - Mid-August: Interns serve domestically and internationally
*All dates are subject to change. No intern is guaranteed service for the entire length of the summer.
What events are mandatory if I receive and accept this internship?
Both EM's training and the entirety of your summer service are mandatory. Training for the Cross-Cultural Internship will be held May 9-13, 2019 in Fort Wayne, IN. The starting and ending date for the Missions Media Internship will be determined in early Spring. If you have restrictions for the dates you are able to serve, please specify on your application.
Is this a paid internship?
Interns will be paid $200/week. 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.
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.
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 towards travel expenses for those assigned to a domestic starting location and $600 for those assigned to an international starting 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(s)?
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.
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 a Missions Media Intern team, you will be responsible for completing summer-long objectives in the areas of photography and/or videography, as well as supporting Cross-Cultural Interns as needed in the communities you travel to throughout the summer. The primary areas of focus include collecting high-quality photos and videos telling the story of mission trips in each community you visit while spotlighting the community itself. The final two weeks of the summer will be spent in Washington, working alongside the EM Marketing Team to complete photo- and video-based projects using the media you capture. You and your intern team will work together to accomplish these objectives.
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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.