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Koinonia Summer Internship Program Returns 2023

Are you yearning to grow in relationship with God more? Are you seeking better ways to serve God and others? Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of how God might use you to as a change agent in the world this summer?

If you’ve answered “YES!” to any of the questions above, consider the Koinonia Intern Program through the California-Pacific Conference Connectional Ministries (CM) Team. Check out the details below on how you can make a difference, gain experience in the local church or at the conference level, engage and explore leadership while serving others. Be a part of the dynamic change you want to see in the world and build relationships that will last a lifetime..

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: MAY 5, 2023
  • All Decisions Made by: MAY 12, 2023

Internship Calendar

  • The internship should run a minimum of 6 weeks, starting no earlier than May 15 and ending no later than August 30
  • In lieu of a retreat, interns will receive a welcome box, and mentors will receive onboarding resources


  • A limited number of internships are available for young adults and adults 18-40 who are transitioning into a life of leadership and service in the church.
  • Preferred candidates will have completed high school or have at least one year of post-high school work experience.
  • Be Safe Gatherings or Ministry Safe Certified
    • The Safe Gatherings/Ministry Safe certification can be done during the application process.
  • Will work full-time for a total of 6 weeks over the summer. Churches applying for a part-time youth or kids ministry intern through the Matching Grant Internship will be considered.


Cal-Pac Connectional Ministries Interns (3 Internships):

  • Social Justice and Compassion work at Calexico
  • Young People’s Ministries in collaboration with Claremont School of Theology (CST) and other summer projects
  • Administrative & Project Assistant to CM Team

Local UM Church (3 Internships):

  • The local church sites will be determined by the Koinonia Summer Intern team, and priority will be given to the churches who have not had an intern in previous years. The CM Team will work to pair the intern with a local church site. This summer, there is room for up to three (3) local ministry summer interns. Applicants between the ages of 18-40 are encouraged to apply to strengthen, encourage, and establish loving relationships with those in the local church and communities they serve. 
  • The local church internship will provide opportunities for a young person to discover and develop their gifts and passions in the local church build up the kin-dom by serving God and others.  We strive to create and nourish the spiritual and physical hungers of God’s people through this internship. The young adult intern will be involved in all aspects of the ministry. If you are a self-starter, goal-oriented, and love to have fun while making new friends and creating a safe space for all of God’s people, this internship is for you. If you love connecting with people and have a passion for reaching out and helping those in need while leading others, then join the Koinonia Summer Internship Program.

Camping and Retreat Ministries (1 Internship *8-10 weeks):

As a Koinonia Summer Intern, you will:

  • Serve in an area of interest and be given specific job responsibilities and goals as outlined by the local church and Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)
  • Have weekly meetings with supervisor and group for planning, feedback and spiritual formation
  • Read one book and prepare to share during weekly sessions on Q & A
  • Participate in a group orientation session at the beginning and end of your internship
  • Build community with fellow interns and clarify vocational discernment
  • Provide a short reflection paper at the conclusion of the summer that summarizes your experiences and articulates the status on how God is calling you in the world
  • You will receive a $3000 stipend and priceless hours of experience, joy, and creating new relationships and friendships

Role of Connectional Ministries Roles and Expectations: To identify and explore how God is calling you in the world through hands-on experiences in ministry. We will do this by:

  • Exposing you to excellent ministry work and leaders
  • Developing your leadership and ministry gifts through interaction
  • Give you equal opportunities to lead and be led
  • Duties will be chosen to give you opportunities to manage the details of programming and practice of ministry
  • Helping you grow in knowledge, faith, and maturity within the ministry setting
  • Provide support in areas that will nurture and nourish your faith journey

For questions, please contact Dr. Monalisa Siofele Lolohea at

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