An internship in Missional Leadership goes far beyond leading weeklong mission trips during the summer. By choosing this track you are choosing to learn what it truly means to serve others as Jesus did. Whether you are a Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader or Community Coordinator, your summer will be filled with unique opportunities to gain leadership experience that will allow you to succeed in whatever your future career may be. While gaining these valuable leadership skills, your efforts will lead to creating a platform where students can experience Christ in radical ways and communities see sustainable change happen.



As a Team Leader, you will lead a team of your peers as you oversee nine weeks of mission trips. In this role, not only will you coordinate activities with incoming churches and community members, but you will have the opportunity to create solutions as difficult situations arise. This role truly comes with an uncommon amount of responsibility as your ultimate goal is to ensure the trip runs smoothly and each church has the best week possible.


In the Assistant Team Leader role, you will be involved in all areas of running the site and in charge of many of the logistics, schedules, transportation, shopping, food, cooking and maintenance of the facilities. In doing so, you will gain valuable communication and organizational skills as you meet the daily demands of the position.


As a Community Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to facilitate long-term relationships between incoming mission teams and local community partnerships, which goes far beyond managing logistics. You will be tested in your leadership abilities as you advocate for the community and help to create experiences where local leadership is empowered.


As VBS Coordinator you will work closely with mission teams to facilitate their involvement in a summer-long VBS program for children in the community. You will gain valuable leadership and organizational skills while also learning what it means to work closely with a community in an empowering and life-giving way.




This internship not only gives you the opportunity to learn the model of servant leadership, but to apply it in a tangible way as well. Each position comes with a high degree of responsibility whether you’re coordinating meal preparation tasks, community engagement activities or overseeing the logistics of each trip. Through your successes and failures, you will learn what it takes to become a great leader.



There’s no hiding the fact that a Next Step internship is a challenging one. It’s a tiring summer in which you’ll be stretched in ways you’ve never been before, but there’s something inherently beautiful about this. Through those times of weakness, you will have the opportunity to call upon the Lord for strength and wisdom. In doing so, you can’t help but grow closer to him as you develop a deeper understanding of His faithfulness and the sufficiency of His grace.



By growing in your ability to effectively resolve conflict, communicate tasks, and develop the skills of teammates, you will be developing a skill set that can be used in the everyday challenges of the professional world. Past interns have gone on to leverage what they’ve learned to succeed in a variety of vocations including going into full-time ministry, starting their own non-profit or working for a Fortune 100 company.



Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to serve alongside a community for the entire summer. This service will go far beyond the physical construction project that you will be involved with. You will also have the chance to build relationships with community members. These relationships will impact your life in ways you never expected as you grow in a deeper understanding of what it means to be in community.


Next Step Internships (not Co-Ops) require you to raise support.  We are frequently asked why this requirement is in place and where the support goes.

It’s important to understand Next Step’s commitment to funding projects that really impact a community. On a Next Step Mission trip, you will be leading students in projects such as: full home builds, home additions, roofing, flooring, drywall, siding, and much more. As a ministry, we seek to partner with community members in projects that meet the true needs. These projects take significant money, which is where you come in!

When you commit to serving alongside a community with Next Step, you commit to making it possible to do the building that is truly effective.  This could mean providing a wheel chair ramp to a senior citizen who hasn’t left his/her home in two years because they are unable to walk down the stairs… or providing a brand new home to a family previously living in a one-room house.

Every year, Next Step Interns raise over $150,000.00, allowing us to do the work we do!  It has been a staple of our ministry since the beginning, a staple that makes us different, and a staple that makes us effective.  So be humbled knowing the money you raise doesn’t just go in your pocket, but goes to rebuilding and empowering a community you have now become a part of.




Missional Leadership

  • Team Leader
  • Assistant Team Leader
  • Community 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.