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 an YMI intern consists of a month of training on the local church and youth ministry under the direction of the Local Church Ministries Division. 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. Go to to be placed on our Job Board. 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.


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! 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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