One Year Internships in Christian Ministries

A Christian Counterpart to AmeriCorps Providing a Full Tuition Scholarship or a Stipend

"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."

Looking to serve in a one year ministry internship?

Apply on our website.
Over 50 ministries in most major US cities will receive your resume and will call you for an interview if interested.
If you are accepted, the ministry will make an internship offer to be placed at their site to serve one or more years. 

We have placed over 500 full-time interns & 80,000 volunteers.

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Internship Program Options

  • Full tuition scholarship in City Vision University for a full year of college as a part of a 29 hour/week internship.
  • Online courses providing accredited degrees in Nonprofit Management, Addiction Studies, Urban Missionsand Business Administration. Note: candidates should only apply for this type of internship if completing one of these three degree programs with City Vision University fits into your career plan.
  • Housing is provided by hosting ministry (or a cash equivalent living stipend).
  • Any Pell grant up to $5,730 or other federal financial aid paid as cash payment to student.
  • Summer Internships available at some locations (40 hours/week without full tuition scholarship).


Work Study

Housing + Full Tuition Scholarship

If Needed

Up to $5,730


100% Undergrad


If Needed




Paid Internship

Full MBA Tuition Scholarship

Not provided



100% Graduate

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

  • Volunteer Interns paid a living stipend typically from $200-$600/month (depending on site).
  • Housing is provided by hosting ministry (or a cash equivalent living stipend).
  • Interns serve 40 hours/week at ministry site.
  • Full Scholarship for an MBA through Bakke Graduate University (worth over $18,000; does not include graduation fees or optional travel fees)
  • Two years of supervised nonprofit or ministry experience interning 35 hours/week.
  • Bachelor's degree required to apply.

Requirements to Apply

  • At least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Must be a Christian
  • Must be U.S. or Canadian citizen, U.S. or Canadian national or lawful permanent resident alien, or have a valid visa allowing work or volunteering
  • Able to make at least a one year (or summer) commitment (may be extended by mutual agreement)
  • Able to financially live on just free housing (and any outside income sources you have)
  • Able to relocate to a location of a ministry site (unless a site exists at your current location)

List of Internship Sites & Locations

  • Crossroads Nogales Missions, Nogales, AZ
  • Al Wooten Heritage, Los Angeles, CA
  • Olive Technology, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
  • Cross Bar X Youth Ranch, Durango, CO
  • North Littleton Promise, Littleton, CO
  • Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Bridgeport, CT
  • Little Lights Urban Ministries, Washington, D.C.
  • Path of Citrus County, The, Beverly Hills, FL
  • St. Gerard Campus, Inc., St. Augustine, FL
  • Trinity Cafe, Tampa, FL
  • Mennonite Central Committee, Goshen, IN
  • Wheeler Mission Ministries, Indianapolis, IN
  • Eastern Cowley County Resource Center, Dexter, KS
  • Union Gospel Mission, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Rippling Hope, Detroit, MI
  • Holland Rescue Mission, Holland, MI
  • Habitat for Humanity of South Central, Mankato, MN
  • Salvation Army: St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
  • Mountain of Faith Ministries, Vicksburg, MS
  • Center for FaithJustice, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Souls Harbor Rescue Mission, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Club Christ Ministries, Las Vegas, NV
  • Rescue Mission of Utica, Inc., Utica, NY
  • Inside Out, Springfield, OH
  • Earthen Vessels Outreach, Pittsburgh, PA
  • L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministries, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oxford Circle CCDA, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA
  • Streamside Camp  Center (BCM International), Stroudsburg, PA
  • Why Not Prosper, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • Youth Academy, Inc., The, Sumter, SC
  • Strong Foundation Ministries, San Antonio, TX
  • Walking Faith Ministry, Houston, TX

Requirements to Apply

Tuition Scholarship

Degree Required

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 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 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.  

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