Intern Program

Summer Intern Requirements

  • Currently active as a ministry leader in Young Life or other Christian ministry
  • Past experience on Summer Staff or Work Crew at a Young Life property, or some other camping ministry
  • Completed at least 2 years of college or are at least 20 years of age


Positions for Summer Interns are potentially available in the following departments (openings will vary due to Year-Long Intern Placement):

  • Bikes
  • Ropes
  • Waterfront
  • AM/PM Cooks
  • Baker
  • Sound Tech
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Guest Services
  • Video
  • Landscaping
  • Nurse/EMT​​

2020 Dates: 

May 11 - August 9

Summer Internship

Every year, Southwind hires a number of talented and devoted college-aged individuals to help staff its summer programs. Internships usually run from late-May to mid-August. The summer intern program is an opportunity to grow in fellowship and work alongside Christian peers in a unique environment. Summer internships are paid positions and Christian maturity is required. Previous summer staff experience is desired.

How to Apply for a Summer Internship
Complete an online Summer Intern application. To complete the application, you will need the email address of a Young Life staff member who is willing to write a recommendation on your behalf.

Full-Year Internship

Southwind's internship is a challenging and rewarding year. The program is a life-changing experience that is designed for those who ar​e deeply committed to Christ and have a desire to join our camp staff in providing an environment where volunteers and kids can experience Christ.

Our goal for the year is for people to grow in an intimate, abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, work hard to support the ministry at Southwind, and gain a solid understanding of Young Life property staff.

As an employee of Young Life you will be provided with medical, dental and vision benefits. You will also be accountable to raise a portion of your salary.

Click here​ for the link to our online giving site.

How to apply for a Year-Long Internship

Year-long Internship Requirements

  • Currently active as a ministry leader in Young Life or other Christian ministry.
  • Completed at least two years of college or are at least 20 years of age.
  • Willingness to raise part of your salary.
  • Willingness to work hard.

Quotes from Past Interns....

"From the second we got here we've been included in whatever is going on around camp. The full-time staff has been great at making us feel at home. The experience has given me a great look at how a property is run. Each department has its own job and for the camp to work right, everyone has to do his or her part. There is no room for selfishness. If I'm thinking only about myself, then I can't get my job done because it involves so many other people. I have spent a good amount of time with full-time staff just enjoying their wisdom in different areas. Each person brings something different to the table and I'm hoping to dig into those things throughout the year. Overall, my internship has been so much more than I expected. I'm learning a ton about God's will in my life and how He calls us to abide in Him. My role is not to 'do' things for God, but to present to him the things that are already in my life. I think I've spent most of my years as a believer trying to figure out what God's will for my life is and the whole time it has been the same...abide."
"Looking back on my internship experience I realize that it has molded me into who I am now, because I allowed the Lord to break me."
"I learned to choose joy daily, this being one of the biggest things that I learned. You are in a place where some of the jobs you will be doing are not always glamorous and it is easy to let Satan get his foothold in that. But being able to wake up and choose Christ and joy daily is a blessing beyond belief."
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