Internship Program

Internship Program

* Our Intership Program is currently on hold until at least 2023.  

Our Internship Program seeks to equip leaders that will help empower a multiplying movement of gospel- centered, disciple making, established churches in our communities and the rest of the world.

Interns will choose one ministry area in counseling, church planting, youth ministry, children’s ministry, Worship Arts, Communications/Media in which they will specifically focus their ministry efforts during the internship and for which they will receive special training.

PVC interns will gain experience in the following areas:

• Attend staff meetings and ministry department meetings

• Learn what it takes to be a leader that others want to follow.

• How to work well with other personality types while building lasting and effective relationships.

• Planning, marketing and leading different ministry events.

• Developing mentoring/discipleship relationships

• Calendar planning

• Participate in partner outreach ministries, Camp Conquest, Urban Hope, FCA Sport Camps, Momentum Youth Conference, Exponential Conference, etc.

• Serve at weekend worship gatherings, outreach projects and leadership development events.

• Be mentored by your ministry-focus department leader, receiving regular verbal and written feedback that will be compiled into a portfolio for you to take with you at the end of your internship experience.

-Recieve a MAP(Ministry Action Plan) specific to your minsitry focus. A MAP is a plan geared to develop and empower the intern by creating specific objectives for the individual to accomplish. These goals will develop the intern both personally and in his or her ministry focus. The ministry objectives will be assigned based on the needs of the church in that area of ministry, and the intern will also be asked to develop personal objectives to accomplish during the internship.

• Attend leadership and spiritual development conferences with the Penn Valley Church team.

The Penn Valley Church Internship Program is a training and proving ground for emerging church leaders. During your internship, you will accumulate valuable experience, mentors, and knowledge that will prepare you for stepping into vocational/bi-vocational ministry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Penn Valley Church Internship Program?

The Internship Program is a 6 week to a 1-2 year-long intensive spiritual growth, leadership development, and ministry immersion experience at Penn Valley Church, seeking to develop each intern in knowledge, wisdom and character. As an intern, you will be given the opportunity to learn from seasoned leaders in ministry, participate in the day-to-day activities of church administration, stretch yourself as a leader, and lay a firm foundation for a life-long pursuit of the passion and vision that God has placed on your life. We also offer 6 week summer internships for college students.

What ministry areas can an Intern participate in?

Each intern will focus on one of the following ministry areas: Youth Ministry, Worship Arts, Communications/Media, Children’s Ministry, Church Planting During the application process, you will rank your top three ministry focus choices.

What does a typical week of a PVC Intern look like?

There is no typical week at PVC! Every week will look different depending on the specific upcoming ministry needs. Each Tuesday, in addition to participating in staff meetings, interns will also lead/ teach in Family Night ministry classes and participate in weekend worship gatherings, outreach projects and leadership development events. Interns will also be responsible for taking the lead on various projects of their ministry focus.

What PVC staff members do Interns interact with?

The Intern Program is overseen by Andrew Saunders (Campus Leadership Team Coordinator). Interns will also work directly with and be mentored by the department leader in their ministry focus area. 

What is the primary goal of the Intern Program?

The Intern Program is a training and proving ground for emerging church leaders. During your internship, you will accumulate valuable experience, mentors, and knowledge that will prepare you for stepping into the next phase of your God-given calling. Our desire is that your internship will give you the best experience you need and at the end of your internship you will have compiled a portfolio of experiences that will help you find employment in a church or parach-church ministry.

What qualifications are you looking for in Interns?

Previous ministry and leadership experience is preferred and specific experience in the desired ministry focus area is certainly favored. We also look for people who have a clear sense of calling and dare to dream big dreams for the Kingdom of God. However, we are also big believers in attitude, flexibility, sense of humor, plus ability to work within a team environment, so we weigh those kinds of personality traits heavily.

When are the dates for the program?

The Intern Program is flexible and can be taylor fitted for each intern. We will also work with college students looking for summer internships.

What is the admission process?

1. Complete the online application form  

2. Have your references fill out the reference forms.

3. Have an in person/video interview.

What is the cost to attend the PVC Intern Program?

There is no cost to attend the PVC Intern Program, in fact interns will receive a financial stipend. However, you will need additional finances to support yourself and/or your family. You may accomplish this through fundraising, working a second job, or some combination of the two.

Can I get college credit?

Yes we will work with your current Bible college or seminary to cator to the needs of your internship requirements.

Does PVC provide housing for Interns?

There are two options: PVC will work to partner with one of their families to provide a room in their home OR work to help the intern to find affordable housing.

Is the Internship part-time or full-time?

Either. Part-time Interns are expected to work minimum 5 hours per week. Summer Interns/ Full-time Interns are expected to work 40 hrs a week. This will all be agreed upon before starting.

Can I seek part-time employment?

Absolutely! It is our expectation that most, if not all, interns will secure secondary outside employment. We ask, however, that ministry expectations and time requirements take precedence over outside work schedules.

Do I need to have a car?

Yes, there is not adequate transportation in the area.

How can I find out more information?

Contact the church office. 

Click HERE to apply!

Click HERE to give a reference for an intern applicant.