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"This hands-on experience validated and confirmed that I was truly working where God wanted me to be. It gave me a new understanding of people and how much hurt the urban community deals with."
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Kim Thornton, Intern
at Salvation Army
Internship Program Options
Housing + Full Tuition Scholarship
Up to $5,815
Full MBA Tuition Scholarship
For Applicants without a Bachelor's Degree:
Undergrad Work Study Internship in Christian Ministries
For Applicants with a Bachelor's Degree:
One Year Paid Christian Ministry Internship
Requirements to Apply
List of Internship Sites & Locations
Requirements to Apply
Pell Grants Available
Frequently Asked Questions
What is my likelihood of being selected as an intern? We typically have over 500 applicants for our internship program. Of those, we expect that 200 will move into the Stage 1 interview process. Of those reaching the Stage 1 interview process, about half will reach a Stage 2 interview. We expect to place less than 50 in total next year.
What can I do to increase my likelihood of being selected as an intern? The main reason why applicants do not move from the Stage 1 interview to being placed is finding a good match between the needs of an intern and the needs of ministry sites. The ability to provide your own housing and living expenses through savings, family support, church support or student loans greatly increases your chances of being placed. In addition, over 90% of our interns placed will need to relocate, so the ability to relocate will also improve your chances. If you recruit a ministry local to you that joins City Vision Internships, pays the internship site fee and selects you to be an intern, then you will be placed.
How do I recruit a local ministry to join City Vision Internships? Any local ministry can apply to become a City Vision internship site on our site application page. Sites pay $3,500/year for undergraduate interns and $5,000/year for MBA interns. While it's best to start with ministries you know, you can find a list of local ministries by searching for organizations at www.christianvolunteering.org. Send them the link to our site application page, and tell them to apply.
Is there a stipend? Only for One Year Paid Internship positions. You can also raise money as an urban missionary (see below).
Can I raise money from my church and friends to sponsor me as an urban missionary to cover my housing and living expenses? Yes. We recommend that you use an online fundraising tool for causes like FirstGiving.org to process your donations.
How many hours per week should I plan to spend on my coursework? Most courses will take at least 10-15 hours per week per course during most weeks with an extra 5-10 hours per week the last two weeks of a course. One course is considered being a half-time student and two courses is considered full time (20-30 hours per week).
Can I work a second job while being an intern? Only for the paid internship. For the Work Study Undergraduate and MBA Fellows program, working a second job is not allowed because it is not reasonable to serve in a full-time internship, go to school full-time and work a second job.
I'm currently staff with a ministry. Can I do this program at the discounted rate? You can do studies with City Vision through this program paying the discounted internship rate if you are staff. We are still negotiating the rate with Bakke Graduate University for the second year of the MBA program for regular ministry staff.
The following is a list of our internship sites that are currently actively recuiting. We have many more internship sites than this, but many are not actively recruiting.