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.



Create an atmosphere of musical worship where students can understand how much they are loved by Jesus


Use your creative passions to point students towards Christ every night with the band


Work behind the scenes to create a space for students to encounter Jesus


Be a part of major faith transformation by sharing your story with students everyday




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 Oklahoma City, OK
San Augustine, TX Fond Blanc, Haiti
Sumpango, Guatemala


$1,500 – $2,000

*Some positions are required to raise support.




The Next Step Programming internship gives you the opportunity to be involved in the planning process of worship for hundreds of students, five nights a week, all while gaining a better understanding of what it means to serve in ministry. Throughout the summer you will have the opportunity to facilitate programming five nights a week, for nine weeks. That’s 45 times that you’ll get to see and be a part of sharing the love of Jesus in creative outlets, while leading various service projects in a community you will grow to love. We truly believe that no person can stay the same when encountered by the love of Jesus, and as a programming team, you get to see this first hand. How cool is that?



This summer, you will not only gain invaluable ministry 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, sharing your story 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 require that you raise support. We are frequently asked why this requirement is in place and where the support goes. Next Step is committed to funding projects and partnering with organizations that really make a difference in communities. Whether you are building a deck or hosting a VBS, these community projects take significant money. When you commit to serving alongside a community with Next Step, you commit to making it possible to partner with communities in a truly impactful way. Every year, Next Step Summer Staff raise over $200,000.00, 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.

The money you raise goes to a few different places. Part of it funds your stay in the community, covering your transportation, lodging, and food for the summer; but the majority of your support goes directly to the materials used in the community you are serving. This includes construction materials, community project materials, VBS materials, funding community cookouts, and much more. So, you can confidently share that the money your donors give, is going directly into the communities you are partnering with.




Missional Leadership

  • Team Leader
  • Hospitality Leader
  • Community Project Coordinator
  • VBS Coordinator


  • Worship Leader
  • Worship Team Member
  • Emcee
  • Media Tech


  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Site Supervisor



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


Every applicant must submit two references. Some positions have specific types of references they must include; see application for details.

Video sample

Worship Leader, Worship Team Member, and Emcee applicants have a video sample requirement as a part of their application; see application for details.



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.
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.
This is one of the most unique things about an internship with Next Step! We work with churches from a variety of different faith backgrounds, which means you will have the
opportunity to play a variety of different styles of music.
The size of the band is based on the location you serve it! Some teams consist of a full band with percussion, while others are 2 members, with an acoustic sound.
Yes! Before we send you to the community you will serving in, your whole team will gather here in Wisconsin, and you’ll get time to practice and get to know each other as a
Regardless of your specific position this summer, the biggest role you will have is to facilitate mission trips. This could look like leading volunteers on a construction project,
waking up early and helping to prepare breakfast, staying up late and hanging out with students. We truly believe these moments, off of the platform, are what creates a more meaningful programming experience.
You will be speaking for four daily worship services that are typically Sunday-Thursday.
All programming talks should be around 5-8 minutes in length unless it is noted in your
outlines to be otherwise.
The talk outlines will be written for you, but there is room to insert stories from your life and slight tweaking to make them your own.



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