This summer you have to opportunity to be a part of over 150 young adults who will join us in our goal to come alongside communities to bring about holistic development while simultaneously creating a platform where students can radically experience Christ in the context of week-long mission trips. In addition, you will gain valuable knowledge and experience in a specific area related to your field of interest whether it be construction, worship, youth ministry or missional leadership. With this incredible hands-on experience comes the beauty of building relationships: relationships with the team you will be serving on, the community you will be serving in, and the churches you will be serving with. You will be humbled by the responsibility, challenged by the tasks in front of you, and forever changed by your summer with Next Step.

There is no hiding it; a summer on Next Step Staff is a challenging one. There is little sleep, and no down time, it’s a 24/7 job that will require everything in you. But if you are ready to really push yourself to live in true community and learn to humbly serve the way Christ calls, then this is for you!

We will begin reviewing applications for the 2019 summer beginning Oct 1st, 2018. All Next Step Interns are required to be at least 18 years of age, and have been out of high school for at least one year.




Training Week: May 20th - 25th
Prep Week: May 26th – June 1st
Mission Trips: June 1st – August 3rd
Banquet: August 6th, 2019

* Some positions have additional training requirements. 



Los Angeles, CA Colorado Springs, CO
Milwaukee, WI Crownpoint, NM
Braxton County, WV Pine Ridge, SD
Fairbanks, AK Madison, Wisconsin
Lexington County, SC Long Island, NY
Lorain County, OH Moore, OK
San Augustine, TX Fond Blanc, Haiti
Sumpango, Guatemala




$1,500 – $2,000

*Some positions are required to raise support.




Are you passionate about leadership and looking to further develop a skill set needed to be a great leader? Next Step is looking for leaders who want to challenge their abilities in a fast paced summer internship experience. Click here to learn how you can develop yourself as a leader while also gaining valuable mission field experience!



Looking for an opportunity to use your passion for music, while being the hands and feet of Christ on the mission field? At Next Step we desire to see worship and music transform communities and draw them closer to Christ.

Click here to learn more about how you can be a part of this life changing summer internship!



Each summer, we hire high energy young adults who have a deep desire to lead students from all over the US into a deeper relationship with Christ through the sharing of their testimony and scriptures. Click here to find out more about our youth ministry internships!



With construction being the main platform we use to serve alongside communities, our construction staff is crucial. A construction internship with Next Step gives you the unique opportunity to gain experience and actively live out your faith. Click here to learn more about a hands-on, life-changing construction internship.




Missional Leadership

  • Team Leader
  • Assistant Team Leader
  • Community Project Coordinator
  • VBS Coordinator


  • Worship Leader
  • Worship Team Member
  • Media Tech

Youth Ministry

  • Emcee


  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Team Member



Resumes should list all education, previous jobs, and other pertinent experience.


You must submit contact information for 2 references. At least one reference must be from a professor or supervisor from within the specified area you are applying for (e.g. if you are applying for the Construction Team, you would need a reference from a Construction Professor or Construction Supervisor).

Video sample

If you are applying for a worship or youth ministry position , you are required to upload a video sample of you playing music or delivering a message.



The last step is to simply fill out the online application by clicking Apply Now below. You will be able to upload your application materials with your application. We will contact you with 48 hours of receiving your application. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions.


All applicants must be 18 years old and one full year out of high school. CPR certification is required prior to the start of the summer. See positions and requirements for list of specific position requirements.
All internship  positions are required to serve from May 20th - August 6th, 2019. There are no part-time internships
Your summer will start with a week of training in Wisconsin. Here you will learn the ins and outs of the summer and get specific training for your position.
There are several things we consider when placing staff and building the teams. First, we consider your specific skills and talents and how they best fit into the communities we work with and the teams that are set up. We also take into consideration where you would like to serve. Lastly, we place based on the needs of Next Step.
Yes. You will serve at one location for the entirety of your summer. The only exception is for either the Worship Leader or Construction Manager Flex positions. See positions and requirements for more information on the Flex Position.
Yes. There is a Mid-Summer Team Break (onsite) on July 5th - July 7th. This will be an opportunity for you and your team to get away from your job responsibilities, and reenergize for the last few weeks of trips. The goal is for you and your team to feel spiritually refreshed and rested.

That being said, due to the nature of your position there is very little downtime on a day-to-day basis. Typical weekends are used to shop for supplies, set up new projects, and rest. You will be exhausted, but take it from us; it will be well worth it! The position requires your effort 24/7 for 10 weeks.

All of your food and lodging is covered for the entire summer! You will be staying at a church or school in the community you live in. Your new bedroom will most likely be a classroom. You will sleep on an air mattress.
You are responsible for your transportation to training week on May 20th and home at the end of the summer on Aug 6th (That’s one round trip ticket to Wisconsin). Next Step covers all the rest of your transportation!
If you are playing the guitar or bass, yes you will need to bring it with you. You will also need to bring extra picks, strings, capos etc. We will have all cables and amps. If you are playing the keys or drums, we will provide those for you.
No. Next Step has all power tools and hand tools on site. We ask that you do however bring your Personal Protection Equipment (hard hat, glasses, gloves) and suggest bringing your tool belt. Any tools you choose to bring on site will be at your own risk.
All staff will be expected to go out onto a worksite during the day. You may even be leading a site! You will learn some basic skills in managing a construction worksite during training week and throughout the summer from your Construction Team so that you feel comfortable on site.
Yes. Traveling back to Wisconsin after your trips have ended is an important part of the summer. It offers you and your team closure from a summer full of life-changing experiences and gives you the opportunity to begin your transition back home. We will celebrate your hard work with friends and family as well as conduct important exit interviews.
Yes, you can drive to training. We prefer that you arrange to be dropped off at our training site in Wisconsin. If you must leave your car you will be leaving it at your own risk and must leave your keys at the Next Step office in case of emergency.





2017 INTERNSHIP PACKET This packet has all your internship information in one place. Dates, details and more. While you can find all this information on the website, feel free to download this packet as an additional resource.

2017 SUPPORT RAISING PACKET Support raising can be scary, but we are there to walk you through the process to make sure you are equipped to succeed. This packet has information about your support raising requirement (does not apply to construction internships), and outlines for successfully reaching your financial goal.