Youth Ministry Internship


Plan youth events. Host camps and retreats. Run a children’s ministry. Disciple young people. And earn a degree while you’re at it.


The Word of Life Youth Ministry Internship (YMI) places college students at local churches across the United States, giving them an opportunity to serve alongside a youth pastor or children’s ministry pastor. Ministering at a local church allows interns to get hands-on ministry experience, invest in the lives of children and youth, and gain knowledge from experienced ministry leaders who mentor them along the way.

In addition to gaining practical experience, youth ministry interns get in-depth training before and after their service assignments. We’ll walk you through youth ministry best practices, event planning, curriculum, and discipleship prior to your church placement, and after your internship, you’ll return to Word of Life for further training on how to lead and direct a student ministry.

Placement & Training


All YMI interns are placed at a Word of Life partner church in the United States. We work with you to find a placement that best fits your area of interest (children’s ministry, youth ministry, etc.). Whether you want to go near or far, we have partners across the U.S. and will work to find the best fit for you.


Your two years as a YMI intern consist of training, support raising and church service. After initial training, you’ll spend several months at home raising support before being sent to your hub location for training and orientation. Finally, you’ll receive your church placement, where you’ll spend about 18 months before returning to Word of Life for debriefing and additional youth ministry training.


All YMI interns are required to raise support to fund your time serving the church. Not only does this cover your expenses and allow you to focus fully on your service assignment, but it also gives others the chance to partner with you in God’s work. You’ll receive training and resources on how to raise support, and we’ll be right here with you each step of the way!


All YMI interns are required to pursue a degree during their internship. We want to send you out prepared with both ministry experience and a college education! We have partnered with Liberty University and Clarks Summit University to offer you discounted tuition – up to 50% off! While we do require that you take online classes during your service assignment, the classes you take and the pace of study is completely up to you.

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