Learn to live and lead with purpose through Saddleback’s 20s/30s Community, a ministry that offers programs for men, women, couples, and singles all designed with the intent to help them connect to a healthy small group community to grow together, support one another, and share life together. Planning and facilitating worship gatherings, baptism, communion; leading an effective assimilation process and healthy small group ministry, communicating for life change and running an effective spiritual growth pathway, managing a process to recruit, develop, and care for volunteers; and mobilizing volunteers for PEACE initiatives are some of the experiences this internship provides. In addition, our interns develop and demonstrate skills in spiritual disciplines, servant leadership, pastoral care, staff relationships, and social media. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
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Be part of our vision to connect kids with to God and others! Gain hands-on experience observing and practicing ministry skills through an internship with Saddleback Kids (birth through age 12). This internship includes learning the Saddleback Kids (SK) New Leader Process: screening, recruiting, interviewing, training and developing quality volunteers. You’ll serve with the staff overseeing, implementing, and creating age-appropriate interactive activities, crafts, and programs that help to reinforce the curriculum provided by SK. You’ll also help prepare the age-appropriate classrooms for weekend and Wednesday night services as well as special events for children/families. Additional experience may also include: shadowing staff and volunteer coaches, leading children’s classes, assisting in writing curriculum, observing baptism and Child Dedication Classes, learning how the staff recruits, equips and encourages volunteers; and interacting with parents. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
Are you passionate about seeing college students being exposed to, experiencing, and expressing Christ, His kingdom, and the biblical purposes of His church? Learn to meet the unique needs of college-aged young adults (18-25) as they navigate the challenges of this life-stage. A College Ministry internship is designed for current college students or recent graduates who are seeking hands-on ministry experience with Saddleback Church’s Student Ministries Team. Assist in facilitating life groups and running Thursday night college-age gatherings and Sunday Night Service after-events to build community, help with social media and promoting events, help mobilize college students by helping them plug into serving opportunities, assist in discipleship events and retreats, and contribute to the planning, programming, and facilitating of our college ministry. Learn more about CM at saddlebackcm.com. (This internship requires full-time hours and is available as a summer internship or a 1-year internship starting in September, January, or May. Applicants must be 2 years removed from high school and have a high school diploma; year applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.)
Learn the value and importance of why we focus on the experience for each guest here at Saddleback Church—we never want anything to get in the way of anyone hearing God’s Word before they walk into the Worship Center! An internship with our Weekend Experience and Guest Service team is ideal for anyone seeking to be a pastor or part of a church launch, or is seeking experience with coordinating and training volunteers. This internship involves creating an amazing experience during our weekend services through our environment (look and feel) and our volunteers (Guest Services), and learning the processes and strategies that Saddleback uses to meet these goals. Our desire is to ensure that every guest has a positive and welcoming experience from the parking lot to the Worship Center. You will learn why it’s important to have an appealing, clean, organized, safe, and well-marked campus. You will also learn how to lead, train, appreciate, love on, and serve with a team of volunteers. Minimum commitment: 30 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
Are you passionate about seeing high school students being exposed to, experiencing, and expressing Christ, His kingdom, and the biblical purposes of His church? HSM is Saddleback’s high school ministry and we are dedicated to helping teenagers experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ! Training and coaching will make for a season of ministry experience you will value for your entire career as an intern with HSM. Our goal is to provide you with a transformational learning experience that you’ll look back on with fond memories where you learned the basics of ministry, understood a youth ministry philosophy and learned how to work effectively with a team. HSM interns will shadow, co-lead, and help run events and programs, as well as actively coach, mentor, and on-board volunteers. To learn more about HSM, visit www.highschoolministry.com. (This internship requires full-time hours and is available as a summer internship or a 1-year internship starting in September, January, or May. Summer applicants must have a high school diploma; year applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.)
God loves the sick—he loves the HIV-positive. At Saddleback, we put this love into action through our HIV & AIDS Initiative as we offer compassion, community, and real solutions for those affected by HIV and AIDS. You can make a difference for those affected and infected through an internship with Saddleback Church’s HIV & AIDS Initiative. Learn how the local church is bringing hope to the 35 million people living with HIV around the globe. Serving with staff and members, interns will learn how the local church can take a leading role in ending AIDS by caring for the sick, unleashing a volunteer labor force, handling testing, removing stigma, championing healthy behavior, and helping with medication. Interns serve hands-on in every facet of our initiative and will walk away with tools to serve in ministry. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
Saddleback’s Junior High Ministry helps students become exposed to, experience and express Christ, His Kingdom, and the biblical purposes of His church. Help this vision become a reality! Interning with JHM will give you a taste of everything Saddleback does in our Junior High Ministry, from helping plan events like Summer Camp to running weekly lunch Bible studies. JHM will fully expose you to every aspect of youth ministry at Saddleback. In addition to events, you will be involved with helping run weekend services, learn how to work on a team in a big church, mentor students and challenge them in their spiritual growth, lead a small group of junior highers each week, and receive one-on-one training on how to be the best youth worker possible. JHM is a junior high church experience like no other, designed specifically to help 7th and 8th graders connect with Jesus, each other, and a caring adult. To learn more about our ministry, visit our website at saddlebackjhm.com. (This internship requires full-time hours and is available as a summer internship or a 1-year internship starting in September, January, or May. Summer applicants must have a high school diploma; year applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.)
Do you have a heart for seeing churches engage their surrounding communities with the gospel? As a Saddleback Local PEACE intern, you’ll gain on-the-ground experience in church-based local missions. Come engage in the “why” and the “how” behind our missional strategy known as “The PEACE Plan” and its local expression in our volunteer-led outreaches that range from serving the homeless, elderly, youth, military, neighborhoods, arts communities, and more! Come alongside our staff team as we teach you how we practically support, equip, and mobilize our members, and mentor YOU throughout your internship to help you develop your calling, gifts, and skills! Current college students or recent graduates only, please. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks.
This internship is ideal for college students and graduates looking for opportunities to learn about Men’s Ministry organization and delivery. You will learn about how men are ministered to within Saddleback: the theology, methodology, and developmental pathways. You will discover the context for men’s ministry, leadership development, support structure, delivery systems and coaching. You will also learn how to mobilize and encourage volunteers in a dynamic ministry setting. You’ll benefit from a great experience with our Men’s Ministry Team, church members, support staff and others as you contribute to promoting the ministry to our church family and the community. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
Our Global PEACE internship is ideal for college students looking to make a global impact for Jesus Christ. PEACE interns will learn what sustainable and reproducible life change looks like in local communities around the world. Help develop curriculum, meet with pastoral candidates, network with existing churches, serve alongside members, support the team, and help promote PEACE to our church family. You’ll have the unique opportunity to connect with pastors around the globe and will be able to continue to develop their passion for Saddleback’s global church planting efforts. For more information about the PEACE Plan, visit- http://thepeaceplan.com/what-we-do. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
Help make the Gospel visible by empowering people to care for orphans through an internship with Saddleback Church’s Orphan Care Initiative. You will have the opportunity to learn what an effective orphan care ministry looks like locally and globally through our Orphan Care Initiative. Learn how Saddleback is creating practical ways that every believer can make a difference for vulnerable children all over the world. Work side by side with staff and members as we help children remain in family, reunite with family and regain a family through adoption. Interns gain a range of experience in every aspect of the ministry, including working with churches in Rwanda as they work to close every orphanage in Rwanda by finding families for over 3,000 children. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
Pastoral care interns will gain an overall understanding of Saddleback Church’s Pastoral Care Ministries with the goal of participating or even creating a new pastoral care project. You’ll learn what it takes to provide the members of our church with basic pastoral care needs. Observations will include support groups, hospital visits, funerals, and other pastoral care ministries. Training programs include church counseling training, support group leader training, Minister of the Day crisis training duties and other programs as needed. You’ll also gain a greater understanding of Saddleback Church’s mission locally for the community. Current college students or recent graduates. This is a 6-month internship and perfect for anyone pursuing ministry as a career.
This internship is geared toward college juniors or seniors or grad students working on degrees in Construction Management, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering or equivalent. Candidates must be competent in Microsoft Word and Excel; Project and AutoCad experience would be a plus. Gain experience and training with assisting in managing multiple construction projects on Saddleback’s main and regional campuses, learn to prepare and maintain project schedules, gain insight through field inspections, and help ensure that project milestones and completion dates are met. Learn to work collaboratively, identify, analyze, manage and resolve project issues; and build relational and multi-tasking skills. Minimum commitment: 30 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Want to intern at Saddleback Church but the Lake Forest campus is too far? We also have opportunities to intern at our regional campuses, including Anaheim, Newport Mesa, Irvine, Los Angeles, Corona, South Bay, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, and Rancho Capistrano! Experience an internship at a regional campus with Saddleback Kids, Student Ministries, Worship Arts, and more! An internship at a regional campus provides a unique collaborating learning environment that will mobilize you to live and lead with purpose. You’ll help plan and facilitate weekend services, learn how to lead an effective assimilation process and healthy small group ministry, and communicate for life change and learn an effective spiritual growth pathway. You’ll also learn effective processes for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and caring for volunteers. All Saddleback Church interns receive monthly leadership development training, intentional community building time, and benefit from a great experience serving alongside Saddleback Church staff and volunteers. Learn more about our locations at saddleback.com. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks.
Being a Worship Arts intern with Saddleback Student Ministries isn’t just about music, but about building relationships and being a role model to the students you serve. Our ministry exists to help students become exposed to, experience and express Christ, His Kingdom, and the biblical purposes of His church. Through this internship, you’ll learn to demonstrate worship pastoring – not just worship leading – by caring for students and living a God-honoring life on and off stage. Learn to run band practices and choir rehearsals, lead worship at services, lead a life group of students, shepherd students as they learn to be worship leaders, develop your own gifts (vocally or instrumentally), write worship songs, and have a ton of fun! Not only will this internship help you develop your skills and talents, but it will also give you a chance to be engulfed in ministry and discover more of who God has created you to be. (This internship requires full-time hours and is available as a summer internship or a 1-year internship starting in September, January, or May. Summer applicants must have a high school diploma; year applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.)
If you are passionate about unleashing women’s potential for living lives of purpose as they deepen their relationship with God and other women, this internship is ideal for you. Learn the theology, methodology, and developmental pathways through which Saddleback ministers to its women’s communities, and utilize that knowledge to love and lead the women of Saddleback Church. Discover the context for women’s ministry, leadership development, support structure, and delivery systems. Learn how to mobilize and encourage volunteers in a dynamic ministry setting. Serve alongside the Minister of Women’s Communities as you learn how to conduct assessments, evaluate programming, build and equip leadership teams, receive mentoring and coaching, engage volunteers, and collaborate across multiple ministries. Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.
Gain experience in a variety of roles as you practice under the mentorship of a Worship Arts Team staff member while concentrating on observation of, participation in, and leadership of various worship ministries of Saddleback Church. Gain experience with preparing and helping execute plans for weekly choir, vocal team, and worship band rehearsals and develop a working knowledge and understanding of biblical worship principles and worship planning and design in order to effectively apply these principles in various congregational and cultural contexts. Grow in your knowledge of music notation software, visual medial tools, lighting equipment, production, and sound system basics, and learn about long-range planning, facility/equipment scheduling and maintenance, copyright issues, music product resources, event promotion, and people management. This internship is designed to equip interns for future health and leadership at a church that is effectively reaching its community for Christ. Minimum commitment: 25-30 hours per week for 12 weeks. Current college students or recent graduates.