A Next Step worship internship gives you an opportunity to be submerged in a new culture, while gaining the understanding of what it means to cultivate a lifestyle of worship beyond the music industry. You will gain hands on experience by leading more than 50 nights of worship for hundreds of students and community members over the course of nine weeks of mission trips. We believe music transcends language and culture. Through this internship you will be given the chance to use your passion for music and the arts to direct people towards Christ.



As the Worship Leader you will oversee and develop the Worship Team, and lead students in nightly worship. You will work closely with the Emcee on all musical elements of the nightly programing, as well as the Media Tech on all logistical transitions and sound. You will work with youth leaders to understand the worship experiences students are familiar with in order to create an atmosphere conducive to worship for multiple denominations and various backgrounds in worship theology. You will lead 54 nights of evening programming in one summer.


As a Worship Team Member you are responsible for leading students in nightly worship. This provides a chance for you to grow and develop in your personal area of expertise of worship (vocally, instrumentally, etc.) You will work within a team of 3-5 musicians, and are expected to contribute to a positive and healthy worship team dynamic. You will also have the opportunity to serve as a spiritual mentor to students and facilitate positive conversations throughout each day. You will help to facilitate 54 nights of evening programming in one summer.


The Media Teach is responsible for all media during the nightly worship. You will run Pro Presenter, as well as manage the lights, the sound, and any other creative elements of the evening program. You will also film and edit video during each week. Your role is to ultimately coordinate with the Emcee and Worship Leader on a daily basis, ensuring that all transitions and the overall flow of evening program, runs smoothly. You will also work with the worship team and emcee to achieve a great sound mix and supporting video display.




The Next Step worship internship gives you the opportunity to be involved in the planning process of worship for over 500 students, six nights a week, all while gaining a better understanding of what it means to serve in ministry. As a worship intern you’ll get to see what it’s like to build a worship team from the ground up, prepare setlists and evening programming each night, as well as facilitate worship for multiple age and denomination church groups.



As a worship intern, you will not only gain invaluable worship leadership skills, but also be given the opportunity to lead hundreds of students each week from all over the country. Whether you are leading a construction project, serving dinner, or leading worship on stage, this internship challenges you to develop a better understanding of what it means to live a lifestyle of worship. Although this summer will be challenging, you can expect to see tangible growth, and a developed idea of what it means to be a leader in ministry.



Whether you are pursuing worship, youth ministry, or missions, the experience you receive from this internship will set you apart in your career search. You will be placed and developed in a leadership role, which many churches seek out for their next hire. With this experience, our past interns have gone on to various leadership roles in churches across the country, and would agree that this internship helped prepare them for their careers in ministry.



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.