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More Than a Typical
Summer Ministry Internship

More Than a Typical
Summer Ministry Internship

Experience Mission exists to help people love and serve others like Jesus—sacrificially, holistically, and whole-heartedly—with all aspects of each person in mind.

Join us on the front lines of that mission as a Spring or Summer 2020 Missions Program Coordinator!

Work alongside EM's community partners to facilitate on-the-ground mission trip logistics, creating space for missions volunteers to learn, grow, and meet real needs. Tackle the nitty-gritty details of service and ministry as you lead short-term mission trips and help volunteers encounter, encourage, and empower people living and leading in often-overlooked communities around the country. Apply now for one of our paid spring and summer ministry positions for college students and young adults.

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Serve, lead, learn, and create space for others to engage authentically on mission trips.

Serve, lead, learn, and create space for others to engage authentically on mission trips.

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Serve

As a Missions Program Coordinator, you will take on the role of a servant leader, supporting local Christian ministries and empowering mission trip teams to do the same. The days will be long but exhilarating as you seek to serve the community, local leaders, mission teams, and your EM field staff teammates.

Summer 2020 Missions Internship

Lead

Go beyond a typical summer internship. Grow in your leadership skills as you and your teammates lead groups through every aspect of mission trips. EM will provide you with resources and a framework so you and your team can be the hands, feet, and voices communicating details, organizing work projects, cooking meals, and facilitating learning opportunities.

Paid Summer Missions Position

Learn

Ministry is messy and often challenging. Unconventional (and exciting) situations will confront your assumptions about missions in all the best ways. You'll be challenged to embrace differences and see the world through a new lens, while a fast-paced schedule keeps you on your toes. Along the way, you'll learn what it means to serve in a ministry, run outreach programs, lead large groups, and a limitless list of other practical skills that will look great on your resume — no matter what field you hope to enter after college.

Paid Missions Internship for College Students

Create Space for Others to Engage

Missions Program Coordinators take care of the details so mission teams and community members can build authentic relationships and learn to love and serve others more like Jesus. Depending on your role and community, you may find yourself coordinating construction projects or outreach programs or handling behind-the-scenes details. Whatever your specific responsibilities, you will play a key role in coming alongside and extending the work God is already doing in each community, ministry, and individual volunteer.

Christian Ministry Internships

Serve

As a Missions Program Coordinator, you will take on the role of a servant leader. You'll spend time supporting local ministries and empowering mission trip teams to do the same. The days will be exhausting and exhilarating as you seek to serve the community, local leaders, mission teams, and your EM field staff teammates.

Summer 2020 Missions Internship

Lead

Grow in your leadership skills as you and your teammates lead groups through every aspect of mission trips. EM will provide you with resources and a framework, but you and your team are the hands, feet, and voices communicating details, organizing work projects, cooking meals, and facilitating learning opportunities.

Paid Summer Missions Position

Learn

Ministry is messy and often challenging. Unconventional (and exciting) situations will confront your assumptions about missions in all the best ways. You'll be challenged to embrace differences and see the world through a new lens, while a fast-paced schedule keeps you on your toes. Along the way, you'll learn what it means to serve in a ministry, run outreach programs, lead large groups, and a limitless list of other practical skills that will look great on your resume no matter what field you hope to enter someday.

Paid Missions Internship for College Students

Create Space for Others to Engage

Missions Program Coordinators take care of the details so mission teams and community members can build authentic relationships and learn to love and serve others more like Jesus. This will look differently depending on your specific role and the community where you're placed. You may find yourself coordinating construction projects or outreach programs, or handling all the behind-the-scenes details, but every member of the team plays a key role in coming alongside and extending the work God is already doing in each community, ministry, and individual volunteer.

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Get ready for a life-changing spring or summer as you serve others and deepen your faith beyond what you've ever known. Apply today to begin your journey.

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Application Process

How do I apply to be an EM Missions Program Coordinator?

Step 1: Fill out an application for the Spring or Summer 2020 position here.
Step 2: We will review your application and determine if you qualify for a video interview with a member of our Missions Program staff team.
Step 3: Desired applicants will receive a job offer sometime between December and March. We will do our best to keep you in the loop as we review applications, conduct interviews, and offer positions to applicants.

What are the requirements to apply for this position?

Applicants must be 18-30, at least one year out of high school, and have past job (or significant responsibility) experience. Preferred candidates will quick learners who possess strong leadership abilities, good communication skills, and the ability to problem-solve and work with a team. Intangible skills like commitment, perseverance, resilience, and the ability to work hard all make great Missions Program Coordinators. If that sounds like you, we want you to apply!

What is the general timeline for the 2020 Missions Program Coordinator position?

For Spring* positions:
October 1 - December 15: Applications are open!
October - January: Interviews begin with select candidates
December 15, 2019: Spring applications close
December - Early January: Spring Coordinators are selected and notified
February: Spring Missions Program Coordinator Training (Date TBD)
Mid-February - Mid-April: Spring Coordinators lead and serve in EM communities

For Summer* positions:
October 1 - January 25: Applications are open!
October - February: Interviews begin with select candidates
January 20, 2020: Summer applications close
December - March: Summer Coordinators are selected and notified
March - May: Summer Missions Program details finalized
May 13-18, 2020: Mandatory 5-day training event
Mid-May - Mid-August: Summer Coordinators lead and serve in EM communities

*All dates are subject to change. We recommend completing your application as early as possible. Hired Missions Program Coordinators are not guaranteed service for the entire length of the spring or summer.

Can I serve in both the Spring & Summer?

Yes, you can! If you are interested in both a Spring and Summer paid Missions Program Coordinator position, please fill out an application for Spring and select that you are interested in both positions. NOTE: Selecting that you are interested in both does not mean you will automatically be hired for both positions if accepted, but it is very helpful to know you are willing and available to serve in both seasons!

Job Details

What does this job entail?

Missions Program Coordinators will fill 1 of 3 roles within an EM Missions Community: Trip Coordinator, Construction Coordinator, or Outreach Coordinator. Collectively, the Leadership Staff team will be responsible for building and deepening community partnerships and relationships, preparing for and executing all practical aspects of running mission trips in your community, and handling administrative tasks for your community (managing weekly budgets, creating schedules, sharing blogs and photos, etc.). Download the full Missions Program Coordinator job description here.

Is this an internship?

This sort of seasonal opportunity is often called an “internship,” but we believe that title sells this position short and doesn’t accurately portray the nature of the work entailed for Missions Program Coordinators. With helpful training and external support, EM’s Leadership Staff teams are empowered to lead EM mission trips on their own. You won’t make “coffee runs” or sit on the sidelines watching others. You will learn and grow by doing and leading every single day. This incredible growth opportunity comes with a lot more responsibility than a traditional internship. For that reason, we prefer to call our Missions Program Coordinator position a job, and we hope those hired see it as one too. (Hopefully, it's the most rewarding job you’ve had so far!)

How many people will I be working alongside?

EM Leadership Staff teams consist of anywhere from 3-4 people working together to collaborate with local community partners and coordinate all logistics for mission trip volunteers. As a Missions Program Coordinator, you will have your own specific role and responsibilities, but will also work together with your fellow team members on all details and tasks necessary to make trips happen each week.

What training will I receive?

Summer Leadership Staff will engage in a two-part training. The first half is a 5-day, interactive training event in Fort Wayne, IN, May 13-18, alongside fellow EM Missions Program Coordinators serving in various communities. The second half is hands-on, onsite job training in the community the week before leading your first mission trip as a team. Spring Leadership Staff will be trained by EM staff on-site and via remote communication prior to serving in the community.

Are there additional requirements for hired Missions Program Coordinators?

For the safety of all involved in EM missions programs, all Spring and Summer Leadership Staff are required to have:

  • An up-to-date driver's license (valid through September 2020)
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Current First Aid Certification
  • Current CPR Certification

Compensation

How much will I get paid as a Missions Program Coordinator?

As a Spring or Summer Leadership Staff member, you will be paid a weekly stipend of $200/week throughout the duration of your service. All living expenses (food and lodging) will be covered during training events and while you are serving in your community. Missions Program Coordinators are also given a platform and resources in order to fundraise support for the duration of your service with EM. See next question!

Am I able to fundraise support in addition to my stipend?

Yes! Missions Program Coordinators have the opportunity to fundraise support alongside of your weekly stipend. This is an incredible opportunity to invite family and friends into serving alongside you by giving financially. To kickstart the process, you will have access to helpful fundraising resources and a personal online donation profile on the EM website. Our staff are also experienced fundraisers who can help you get started.

Will I have to pay for anything myself?

All living expenses (food and lodging) will be covered during training and while you are serving in your community, but all personal items and expenses will be your responsibility.

The only additional expense you will be responsible for is your travel to EM's training event in Fort Wayne, IN, and your travel to and from your assigned location at the beginning and end of the spring or summer. To help with this cost, EM provides each Missions Program Coordinator with a travel stipend to go towards these expenses. This stipend is $350 for those serving in domestic (U.S.) communities and $600 for international locations. The stipend will help, but you will be required to both arrange and pay for these expenses on your own.

Am I able to receive college credit through this position (like an internship)?

People have done this in the past, and it depends on the requirements of your school and your own initiative to make it happen! We are happy to fill out evaluations from schools upon request. You are responsible for contacting your academic advisor to find out the necessary requirements in order to receive credit.

Job Locations

Where will Missions Program Coordinators serve in Spring & Summer 2020?

Experience Mission facilitates short-term mission trips in over 25 different communities across the U.S. and around the world. Missions Program Coordinators primarily lead mission trips in EM’s domestic communities (with a few exceptions) throughout the Spring and Summer months. While communities are subject to change, we currently expect to send Spring or Summer Leadership Staff to:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • New York City, NY
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Pike County, Kentucky
  • Webster Springs, West Virginia
  • Jackson County, Ohio
  • Navajo Reservation in Arizona & New Mexico
  • Panama City, Florida
  • Portland & Lewiston, Maine
  • Coastal Texas
  • Puerto Rico
  • Cuba

Am I able to choose my location?

We work hard to determine the best location and team fit for each Summer Leadership Staff member. We do take your preferences into consideration, however, the ultimate decision rests on team dynamics, necessary skills, and many other factors that play a part in our final placement decisions. We ask all applicants to be willing to serve wherever they're most needed.

Will I have the opportunity to serve in an international location?

Missions Program Coordinators primarily serve in EM’s domestic mission trip communities. There are a few exceptions (most notably in Cuba and Puerto Rico) but these international positions are extremely limited and require all applicants to be fluent in Spanish. If you speak fluent Spanish, please let us know in your application!

Will my friends or family be able to visit me?

This job will require your full focus while mission trip teams are present in your community, but family and friends are welcome to visit you during an off week or on a weekend, with the approval of your full-time EM Supervisor. In some cases, this may not be the best for your hosts, your staff team, or the community where you’re serving, so we simply ask that you be respectful and ask ahead of time.

Work Schedule

What are the start and end dates for the Spring and Summer Missions Program Coordinator positions?

Exact start and end dates will depend on the community where you are placed, but all hired Leadership Staff can expect to serve for 6-12 weeks, either from mid-May to mid-August (Summer) or mid-February to mid-April (Spring).

What does an average week look like?

Each week leading a mission trip team will start with preparation for the upcoming week, beginning on a Friday or Saturday and culminating in the volunteer teams’ arrival and orientation on Sunday evening. Once teams arrive, Missions Program Coordinators are responsible for almost every detail involving missions volunteers—work and service projects, connections with local Christian ministries, daily schedule, meals, morning devotionals, evening debrief, and more. Monday through Thursday each week are “typical” days, involving service or outreach projects during the day, and most mission trips end on a Friday morning.

Responsibilities begin in the morning and end late in the evening! But over and over, we’ve also seen how people who are willing to genuinely engage with partners, volunteers, and community members find a lot of joy and life amidst the busy schedule. Life-long bonds can form over the course of a whole season in one place, and caring for people is often its own reward.

Will I have time off?

This paid ministry position will require your committed investment 24/7 for 6-12 weeks. On occasion, some Missions Program Coordinators will have 1-2 “off” weeks during your time of service, but we don’t traditionally build in extended periods of time off during the spring or summer. Most weeks are full with little downtime, and weekends are utilized for resting, exploring the community, and preparing for the upcoming week. Because of this busy schedule, it will be incredibly important to find time to rest and recharge during your time of service. At Spring & Summer Staff Training, we will go over strategies for making sure these times happen.

About EM

What is the core mission of Experience Mission?

EM exists to help people love and serve others like Jesus—sacrificially, holistically, and whole-heartedly—with all aspects of each person in mind. We currently do this in 3 ways:

  • Engaging People to Serve
    EM connects people of all ages and backgrounds to go and participate in service and learning experiences that provide an opportunity to come alongside and serve those living in often-overlooked communities while building bridges across cultural, racial, and socio-economic divides.
  • Developing Leaders
    We provide growth and leadership opportunities for young adults who are passionate about living out their faith, concerned with justice and reconciliation, and who desire to understand what it means to “live their mission” in the world. (That includes this position!)
  • Empowering Communities
    EM builds up and empowers people around the world by coming alongside local visions, working together to discover and provide much-needed opportunities to grow and thrive, and committing to local program leadership. This is often accomplished by activating the generosity of volunteers and supporters around the globe.
To learn more about EM and the guiding values behind everything we do, click here.

What denomination is EM a part of?

Experience Mission is an interdenominational Christian organization and is not directly affiliated with any specific denomination. Participants from all denominations are welcome on our mission trips. Our statement of faith, how we share the gospel, and how we engage people of different faiths can be viewed here.

What does EM’s approach to mission trips look like?

We firmly believe the people we serve on mission trips are not our "mission project." They are valuable creations of God with so much to offer. While it may be obvious that change needs to happen in certain communities, we believe change needs to happen in each of us as well. The EM Model for Mutual Influence seeks to show how this kind of mutual change can best take place. We believe there is a better way than forcing change or imposing our thinking, values, and beliefs on others. Learn more here.

Why you should apply.

Why you should apply.

There are many different things you could do with your summer. Here’s why recent EM Coordinators wouldn’t trade their experience for anything else.

There are many different things you could do with your summer. Here’s why recent EM Coordinators wouldn’t trade their experience for anything else.

Summer Missions Internship
“This 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.”

Alia Byrd Served in Lewiston, Maine
Summer College Internship
“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.”

Jake DeVries Served on the Navajo Reservation, Arizona
Christian Missions Internship
“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.”

Steffen Fragoso Served in Washington, D.C.
Paid Missions Internship
“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. This is not a normal summer job, it is a place where the Lord will stretch you into who you are becoming.”

Katherine Lutz Served in Pike County, Kentucky

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