Camp and Youth Ministry Internship Program

Intern Program

Have you ever considered camp or youth ministry as a career?

At Heartland, we believe that camp and youth ministries are powerful faith immersion experiences that form deep and life long connections in the Body of Christ.  Heartland’s Camp and Youth Ministry Internship Program offers a year-long, hands-on experience through working with Heartland camp and retreat ministries, with a local church youth program, and through living in an intentional Christian community.

Interns will also become certified facilitators for our Challenge Course, Horseback Riding, and Archery programs.  In the summer, interns will live out what they have learned as part of Heartland’s Summer Camp Staff.

At the end of the twelve-month internship, a successful participant will have the practical hands-on experience and education necessary to start a professional career in Christian camping or youth ministry.

2015 Internship Position Description and Terms – PDF

2015 Internship Application – PDF

Core Areas of Experience
Starting in September, our interns will spend time working in four core areas: camp program ministries, church youth ministry, retreat ministries, and academic studies.

  • Camp Program Ministries (Average: 13 hours a week)

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Work with Heartland’s program department on a variety of tasks to prepare for the upcoming summer season. Task include: administration and planning, promotion and marketing, day-to-day operations, staff recruiting, and camp promotional visits.


  • Church Youth Ministry (Average: 10 hours a week)

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Interns are partnered with local churches to work with their youth ministry programs. Learn under the direction and supervision of a church ministry professional as you plan, prepare, and lead various aspects of a Christian Education Program.


  • Retreat Ministries (Average: 13 hours a week)

Interns work in three distinct areas of our retreat ministry program.intern food

    • Hospitality: Work one weekend a month, hosting retreat groups at Heartland Center.  Welcome and orientate arriving groups to Heartland and assist in site preparation and breakdown.
    •  Support services: Be trained and work with our food service and housekeeping departments.
    •  Activities: Be trained and work as a facilitator in Heartland’s Activities Program leading small group experiences on high and low challenge courses, on horseback rides, and in archery.


Overview Of The Year (sample schedule: actual timeline may vary):

  • Orientation and Training
  • Church Youth Group Paring and Orientation
  • Annual Conference of Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association
  • Camp Promotion, Recruiting, and Planning
  • Facilitate Horse Rides, Ropes Course Groups, and Archery
  • Food Service and Housekeeping
  • Fundraising Course


  • Summer Camp Staff Recruiting Trips to Area Colleges
  • Networking and continuing education event
  • Summer Camp Promotion and Program Development


  • Trip to Israel
    • All interns will be given the opportunity to go to Israel on an educational trip.  Half of the trip expenses will be paid by Heartland and the other half will be raised by the Intern (all interns will attend a fundraising course in the fall)
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  • Summer Camp preparation
  • Facilitate Horse Rides, Ropes Course Groups, and Archery
  • Food Service and Housekeeping
  • Summer Staff Recruiting and Camp Promotion


  • Summer Camp Staff Orientation
  • Summer Camp
  • All interns will be given the opportunity to work with their church youth/children for a week during the summer (ex: mission trip, VBS etc.)


For More Information Contact:

Michael Megraw