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Student.Church provides congregational internships to students who are interested in a deeper experience of church life or pursuing a call to ministry. Interns are mentored by seasoned ministers as they explore the breadth of congregational ministry through a variety of learning experiences. On this web page you will find more information about the application process for students, the role of congregations in the support and nurture of interns, as well as CBF's resources for walking alongside both the student and church throughout the internship.


About Student.Church

Length of Internship: 10 weeks (this includes a required orientation and debriefing) starting mid/late May and ending early August

Orientation: This event builds community among all CBF Student.Church and Student.Go interns, while also training and preparing interns to enter into their internship equipped with new skills and resources. Orientation is required. Orientation is tentatively scheduled for May 23-25, 2023, and will be held in person in the Atlanta, GA, area.

Debriefing: Students end their internship at a formal debriefing typically held at a retreat called Selah Vie. This experience is a necessary part of the process of transitioning back into student or work life. Selah Vie is being planned as an in-person event for the first week of August 2023.

Summer Finances: Student.Church interns are paid a minimum of $1200 (1/2 from church internship site and 1/2 from CBF). In addition, CBF covers travel expenses to and from Orientation and Debriefing at Selah Vie and all costs associated with these events (if held in-person). The host church/site also covers housing (if needed) and expenses for all church-related activities while on the field.

Application Timeline: The application period for Summer 2023 opens December 1, 2022 and will remain open until all positions are filled.

Intern Application Information

Student.Church interns are characterized as:

  • Committed followers of Jesus.
  • Students enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed at least one year.
  • Graduate students (including seminary students) enrolled in a master's level or higher degree program.
  • Individuals who may not be enrolled in college but are at least 18 years of age and exploring other vocational opportunities through the military, etc.
  • Individuals considering ministry as a life calling who would like to try on a ministerial identity.
  • Individuals who love the local church and want to serve others and gain leadership experience.

    Note: Students do not have to belong to a CBF partner congregation in order to participate.

    How do I apply?

    1. Begin by reading the Student.Church Internship Guide below for more details about the program.
    2. Complete the student application form. If you have any questions, please email our team. 

    3. If you have already approached a church about serving as their intern, you will be asked to include their information. If you have not identified a church in which to serve, you will be asked to specify in general your geographical, demographic and ministry preferences in terms of church placement. See list of current known opportunitites below and check back frequently for updates as new church applications are received.
    4. Ask three people to serve as references and have them complete the reference form. The references should be:
      • someone who has observed you in a ministry setting (ex. previous supervisor, campus pastor or youth group pastor)
      • a trusted adult (ex. previous boss, internship supervisor or deacon at church)
      • someone at your educational institution (ex. professor, advisor, staff or Resident Director)


    Church Application Information

    Student.Church congregations are characterized as:

  • Churches that affiliate with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through financial contributions, support of global mission personnel, participation in CBF events, programs, etc.
  • Churches that are seeking a relationship with CBF by actively engaging in conversation with CBF global staff, state and regional staff, or field personnel.
  • Churches that are looking for an opportunity to mentor young adults as they grow personally and professionally.
  • Churches that are already in conversation with a student to serve as their intern.
  • Churches that are open to having an intern placed in their setting.

    How do churches apply?

    1. Begin by reading the Student.Church Internship Guide above for more details about the program.
    2. Whether you are a returning or new applicant you will need to apply via the church application form.
    3. If you have already approached a young adult about serving as your intern, please include their information. If you have not identified someone to serve as your intern, you will be asked to specify in general what you are looking for and the type of work the intern will be doing.
    4. Churches may apply to host only one intern through the Student.Church program. After the deadline has passed and contingent on fund availability, additional interns may be requested/funded.

    If you have questions about the internship, contact our team .


    Summer 2023 Church Opportunities

    First Baptist Church of Gainesville

    Gainesville, GA

    First Baptist Church of Gainesville is seeking a intern who is discerning a call to local church ministry and interested in exploring that call through participation in a variety of ministries. FBCG is a larger CBF church in Northeast Georgia, about one hour north of Atlanta, and will offer an intern candidate the ability to pursue his/her ministry interests through intentional participation in youth and children ministry, music/worship planning, adult ministry and pastoral care. FBCG has a team of tenured ministers who are open to walking alongside you as you better discern your call to ministry and who are open to learn from you and the fresh perspective you may bring. Visit the church website at

    Williamsburg Baptist Church

    Williamsburg, VA

    Williamsburg Baptist is seeking an intern for Summer 2023 who is excited to bring their own unique gifts and creative energy to our small but vibrant and growing congregation. We are located in the heart of historic downtown Williamsburg, right across the street from the College of William and Mary, and our church can be described as liturgical in worship and progressive in theology and mission. We are an LGBTQ+ affirming, social justice-oriented church, rooted in the biblical vision of God’s liberating justice and peace. We sense the Holy Spirit at work among us in surprising ways in this vibrant season of life. New faces show up each week and they bring with them excitement and a passion for building a welcoming community of faith. There are lots of opportunities for you to develop pastoral skills in our context: worship leadership, technology and social media, Christian education and spiritual formation, children and youth, music, pastoral care, and mission are all possibilities. We believe that we are called to serve as a “classroom” for you as you explore God’s calling in your life. We are convinced that even as you learn and grow in pastoral skills among us, you will inevitably transform us for the better, as well! Visit the church website at

    Brunswick Islands Baptist Church

    Holden Beach, NC

    A Youth and Children's Summer Intern would assist with weekly ministry to youth and children on Sundays and Wednesdays and other special opportunities throughout the summer. Serve as a chaperone on a children's camp and youth camp. Worship leadership opportunities would be available on Sunday mornings during worship based on the skill sets and interest of the intern. Brunswick Islands Baptist Church is located approximately 5 miles from Holden Beach, NC. We do have a larger senior population due to our resort area but we do have a smaller but faithful number of youth and children. This would be a great opportunity for an intern to enjoy the beach and all that this area offers while also enjoying and growing from ministry opportunities as well. Visit the church website at

    Taylorsville First Baptist Church

    Taylorsville, NC

    Taylorsville First Baptist Church is a small, dually aligned SBC/CBF congregation in the county seat town in Alexander County. Although Alexander County is a mostly rural county with farming and the furniture industry as the leading employers, FBC is located about half an hour from larger cities and an hour from Charlotte, NC.

    Taylorsville First Baptist Church is seeking an intern to assist with ministering to the whole church with a primary focus on the children and youth. The intern would facilitate or lead weekly children/youth or adult Bible studies, participate in the weekly worship service, help plan and lead monthly youth and children “fun” events, give a weekly devotion to our day care, visit shut-ins and hospitals as needed, etc. He or she will report to the pastor and work alongside the pastor in this ministry opportunity. Visit the church website at

    Oakland Baptist Church

    Rock Hill, SC

    Oakland Baptist Church is a theologically moderate church located in Rock Hill, SC, one block from Winthrop University. We are seeking a summer student intern to lead ministries with children and youth. We are a church that values relationships, spiritual growth in Christ, and missions. This summer intern will be responsible for providing creative ministries for our children and youth including bible studies and chaperoning retreats/camps. There is also opportunity to teach Sunday School and lead in worship, including preaching. Visit the church website at

    Smokerise Baptist Church

    Stone Mountain, GA

    Smoke Rise Baptist Church is looking for two interns, one with an interest in children and one with an interest in teenagers. Smoke Rise prides itself on educating young adults to serve in a congregational atmosphere. Potential interns interested in working with teenagers will have opportunities to lead and implement programs, will act as chaperones during special events and camp, and will have the opportunity to practice teaching skills by the end of the summer. Potential interns interested in serving within the children’s area will have the opportunity to learn and serve through weekly teaching, chaperoning, and coordinating of summer events including Vacation Bible School and summer camp. Both opportunities will allow for a chance to serve in worship, to attend a weekly staff meeting and prayer time and to shadow a minister on a hospital or homebound visit when appropriate. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn from ministers outside of their designated area in an effort to experience an encompassing view of church life. Smoke Rise is a moderate Baptist Church that is liturgical in worship. We are a place that welcomes all people in varying walks of life striving to grow together in unity in Christ. Visit the church website at

    Hampton Baptist Church

    Hampton, VA

    Hampton Baptist is seeking an intern for the summer of 2023 who is interested in exploring a career in a local church. We are a welcoming, thoughtful congregation with a long history in the community; our style of worship is primarily liturgical, but we do have an experimental non-traditional worship service as well. Our congregation affirms men, women, and LGBTQ+ persons in pastoral ministry. In recent years the church has grown both financially and in numerical attendance. The primary goal of this internship would be to explore and experience ministry in a congregation, but the nature of the internship will be shaped by the student's gifts and interests. Possibilities include worship leadership, worship planning and design, music, teaching or preaching, children's ministry, youth ministry, visitation and pastoral care, social media, leading a church-wide mission trip, or engaging weekly in our feeding ministry for our food insecure neighbors. The intern could also experience multiple beaches, colonial historical sites, museums, and theme parks that are within a 30 minute drive of the church. Learn more about our congregation at

    Hayes Barton Baptist Church

    Raleigh, NC

    Hayes Barton Baptist Church is growing, dynamic congregation located in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh, NC, right outside of downtown. We are seeking an intern to serve with our youth and children's ministry programs over the summer. The internship would involve serving in weekly ministry programs, leading in Sunday worship, attending summer camps and programs, such as the youth mission trip and Passport Kids, and building relationships with children, youth, and their families. Visit the church website at

    Central Baptist Church

    Richmond, VA

    Central Baptist Church in need of an intern to help with the growing needs of our family ministry. We are in need of help for age-specific groups and activities since our small staff and volunteer base are already serving at capacity. An intern would not only have the responsibility in leading these programs but also have creative freedom to try new things and practice hands-on leadership to children and families, in addition to worship, missions, and pastoral care. CBC is a mid-size congregation in Richmond, Virginia. Our congregation focuses on being welcoming and creating an atmosphere of belonging and hospitality. People say they feel like this congregation is their family. We are diverse in age but are looking to grow our ministry to families. We have a youth group and are currently growing our children’s ministry as well as our partnership with our preschool. We have a liturgical worship service that is relaxed and informal. CBC is in the middle of a transformation process to examine our past, present, and future and move towards a more modern understanding of God's calling. We are looking for new and creative ways of understanding church and our ministries to our community. Visit the church website at

    First Baptist Church St. Simon's Island

    St. Simon's Island, GA

    First Baptist Church is a friendly and caring, dually aligned, moderate Baptist church located on Georgia's coast, one block from the Atlantic Ocean. FBC has a long history of engaging young adults who are discerning God's call through it's summer internship. The Student.Church intern will have the opportunity to use his/her unique gifts and talents to lead and experience a variety of church related ministries and activities. He/she will work with FBC staff to design an internship that engages his/her specific gifts and calling. The opportunities at FBC include leading in worship on Sunday mornings, teaching children's and youth Sunday school, planning local summer events for the children, youth, and families of FBC, engaging in and leading summer mission activities, participating in FBC's music ministry (if desired), and working with FBC ministers to address the pastoral care needs within the congregation. Currently, FBC is without a Children's and Family Minister, so the intern will be expected to work with our VBS director, church staff, and volunteers to plan and lead VBS. Visit the church website here:

    First Baptist Church of Tahoe City

    Tahoe City, California

    Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? We do too! Children need a safe space where they can learn and grow. For over 40 years, First Baptist has done just that. We are a church where everyone is welcomed and affirmed – no matter what. Through our preschool and school age programs you will have a chance to mentor children. This happens through conflict management, bible stories, cooperative recreation, and free play. You will have an opportunity to support children and families by showing up at their sporting events, sharing your positive attitude, and living out your faith in real and tangible ways. You’ll also have the opportunity to help with special projects that support our church members and community. While “Baptist” is in our name, we are functionally an interdenominational church. Our interns come from a variety of faith backgrounds. You’ll find our church very loving and supportive. They want to get to know you and help guide your spiritual development. Our congregation loves Tahoe and will often take our interns on adventures. While here you will be supervised by a team of people who have years of experience caring for children. Visit the church website here:

    Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church

    Silver Spring, MD

    The Neighborhood Center of Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church (LRMBC) is searching for an Outreach and Engagement Fellow (OAEF). The primary goal of the OAEF is to work with church leadership to grow the Neighborhood Center to meet the critical needs of the community. This is an excellent opportunity to take ownership of designing non-profit systems and will allow the successful candidate to be creative and shape what this non-profit will look like. The Neighborhood Center currently serves local individuals in the community with a food pantry and clothes closet. While these have been the primary activities of the center in the past, we are looking for someone who can assist us as we look to further serve the public in a post-covid environment. In working with the church Pastor, the OAEF will take the lead and gain broad exposure in the areas of non-profit management and fundraising including, board development, facilities operations, financial planning, communications, marketing & public relations, grant writing, social media, logistics, and research.

    Edgewood Church Atlanta

    Atlanta, GA

    Edgewood Church is a diverse and radically inclusive community. With a hyper local focus, we invite people of all backgrounds find here the peace and love of God. Though small (40-60 on a Sunday), we are a bustling community hub, seeing between 300-400 neighbors on the property weekly. East of downtown, we are surrounded by apartment complexes, including subsidized housing. We realize that this Jesus-centered community is inaccessible to those with limited mobility/ transportation. In response to many neighbors' expressed need, we want to work towards a solution. As an intern you would help pilot a bus program that, if effective, will have a lasting and profound effect. With a focus on children, families and the elderly, we aim to prioritize our most vulnerable neighbors. Are you interested in: experiencing a thriving little church, learning about urban ministry, being a role model to at risk children and youth, gaining effective skills for ministry among a high need population? Are you: responsible, self-motivated, willing to adapt, a creative problem solver, willing to talk to strangers, comfortable around children, willing to listen as well as lead? Come serve at Edgewood Church! Visit the church website at

    United Nations Advocacy (CBF & BWA)

    Virtual with some travel

    United Nations Advocacy of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist World Alliance

    Objective: To provide an opportunity for an international minded student to have practical experience in working in the multi-lateral space of the United Nations. The student with work in these three areas: -Climate advocacy through the NGO Major Group's efforts of the High Level Political Forum (July) and the Climate Action Task Force of the Parliament of the World's Religions (focused on the UN) -Interfaith advocacy through the work of the NGO committees on Human Rights and the Freedom of Religion or Belief -Direct country advocacy on refugees and freedom of religion (primarily Burma, but other UN member states will be engaged) The internship will be virtual, with potential travel (dependent on funding) to NYC for the HLPF in July and to Chicago for the Parliament of the World's Religions in August. No language skills (other than English) are required, but a heart for advocacy and global concerns is essential.

    First Baptist Church Greenville

    Greenville, SC

    The Youth Mentoring Team of First Baptist Greenville will assist in all aspects of ministry to youth (grades 6 through college) for the summer with their primary focus being on building and strengthening relationships within our Youth Family. The Youth Mentoring program is designed to provide an opportunity for college students to identify strengths, gifts, interests, and abilities; invest in this youth ministry and its members; and help create a sense of trust, respect, and bond between our youth and youth leaders. They will provide assistance to Youth Minister and Youth Staff during trips/retreats, activities, events, etc. as needed – chaperones, errand runner, small group leader, clean-up, etc. Develop, plan, organize, advertise and lead summer activities and events for Youth (with the guidance from the youth minister and youth ministry staff) o Youth Bible Study (Wednesday afternoons) o Mission Possible (Wednesday mornings) o Lunch Club (Wednesdays at noon) o Misc. mission projects o Misc. events / activities (ie: 80’s Prom, Dollywood, Water Day, Pool Parties) • Plan, organize, advertise and lead Tuesday night Bible studies for FBG College students. • Serve as a communication and information link within the Youth Family.

    First Baptist Church South Boston

    South Boston, VA

    First Baptist Church of South Boston, VA is seeking an intern for the summer to work with students in grades 6-12, providing weekly Bible studies and opportunities for Mission projects and other activities. Since FBC has had summer interns in the past, the intern will be able to implement their own plans for work with the youth as well as be able to draw from existing programming. We would also like for the intern to participate in helping lead in worship each week. If the intern has any other talents and abilities, we would welcome having those utilized. FBC is located in Southside Virginia, but is located within an hour of several larger towns and cities.

    Central Baptist Church

    Lexington, KY

    Central Baptist Church is located in the beautiful and lively city of Lexington, Kentucky. We are a church of progressive and Baptist values that is sharing the message of God's love and acceptance to our community. At Central, you will find many ways to explore ministry and learn from a wide variety of congregants who minister through their careers throughout different services in Lexington. As an intern, you will be able to work in many aspects of the church with a primary focus on children and youth ministries.