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.





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The Youth Ministry Internship 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. They will gain hands-on ministry experience and receive training on how to lead and direct a student ministry. We’ll walk you through youth ministry best practices, event planning, curriculum, and discipleship.

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.



YMI Interns are placed at a Word of Life Partner Church all across the United States. You will post your information on a Job Board and connect with churches that fit your area of interest whether it be children’s ministry or student ministry. You will connect directly with churches about the details of your internship.


After an application process, your two years as an YMI intern begins with a month of training on the local church and youth ministry under the direction of the Local Church Ministries Division of Word of Life.

After initial training, you’ll spend 2 years on the field in your internship. You will be discipled by a pastor or leader in the church. We have a Job Board where you will be able to see the available intern opportunities and post your resume for churches to see as well. Training is held annually from the middle of August to the middle of September. You will begin serving in your church in the middle of September. For more info, contact


You will work out an agreement with a church that includes a stipend and housing and other options. Once you are on the Job Board, you can begin contacting churches to find more about their intern positions and where you best fit. To get more information, please contact


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!

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