Summer College Internships and Programs



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Have you dreamed about how God might use you to change the world this summer?

Check out these opportunities on how you can make a difference, explore leadership, and spend a ‘summer of service’ that you will remember for a lifetime!

Internship Roles and Expectations

Role of Summer Internships with the Great Plains Conference:

To identify and explore how God is calling you in the world through hands-on experiences in ministry

We will do this by:

  • Exposing you to excellent ministry work and leaders
  • Developing you leadership and ministry gifts through interaction
  • Give you equal opportunities to lead and be led. Duties will be chosen to give you opportunities to manage the details of programming and also to practice ministry
  • Helping you grow in knowledge, faith and maturity within the ministry setting

As a Great Plains Summer Intern, you will:

  • Serve in an area of interest and be given specific job responsibilities and goals
  • Have weekly meetings with supervisor and group for planning, feedback and spiritual formation
  • Participate in a group orientation session at the beginning and end of your internship
  • Build community with fellow interns and clarify vocational discernment
  • Provide a short reflection paper at the conclusion of the summer that summarizes your experiences and articulates the status on how God is calling you in the world


  • Preferred candidates will have completed high school or have at least one year of post-high school work experience
  • Be Safe Gatherings Certified
    • The Safe Gatherings certification can be done during the application process. See application for details.
  • Will work full-time for a total of 10 weeks over the summer.


Applications and interviews for Great Plains Internships take place in at least three rounds.

  • January 21: first application deadline
    • January 22-25: first round interviews
  • February 18: second application deadline
    • February 18-23: second round interviews
  • March 18: third application deadline
    • March 19-23: third round interviews

Applications received after March 24 will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the teams are full. We look forward to receiving your application.

Opening Retreat: May 29 - May 31

Each intern will earn $9 per hour for up to 40 hours a week for 10 weeks.


Churches wishing to apply for Pastoral Leadership, Youth Ministry or Network Internships, apply here. Priority deadline given by March 15.

Available Internships

Micah Corps

Learn about connecting your faith with social justice and practice leadership skills by visiting, researching and presenting key social justice topics throughout the Great Plains.

Youth Ministry

Explore youth ministry in a local church by being mentored and assisting leadership of a youth ministry throughout the summer. 

Pastoral Leadership

Explore your gifts in ministry through serving full-time in a local church, mentoring by a pastor and sharing in various aspects of pastoral leadership throughout the summer.

Network Intern

Explore leadership in the dynamic landscape of networks. Work with local churches who are working on connecting, develop your gifts and graces in the context of 5-10 church, and see how those gifts and graces can be played out in the church.

Camp Counselors

Spend the summer guiding students in an intentional community and throughout camp creation. Students range from first grade through high school seniors. Choose to spend the summer at one of six camps. Apply now to be a part of one of the six Great Plains camps' summer staff in 2018.