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We have a great internship opportunity for students looking to gain real-life ministry experience! With both 3-month and 6-month programs, you are sure to leave CW equipped for ministry.


Jonathan Seller

Intern Class of 2006

“If you're looking for a church that will invest in you and show you practical ways to apply your faith in a local church setting with men and women that live what they teach, look no further than Colonial Woods Internship Program.”


Sarah Schoettle

Intern Class of 2013

“The internship allowed me to grow in my faith and allowed me to find the purpose that God has for my life. The staff and church body are so loving and personal. It is obvious that this internship is intentional and is meant to build disciples. I'd go back in a heartbeat.”

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Sean Swanson

Intern Class of 2014

"My time at Colonial Woods granted me the opportunity to experience various aspects of pastoral ministry alongside the skilled, caring, and wise staff of the church. I grew in my understanding of how to care for people, my ability to preach, and my capacity to manage my time effectively. Because of this experience, I felt confident to lead and serve well as I stepped into my first lead pastor role out of graduate school."


Jen Miller

Intern Class of 2015

"My summer as an intern at Colonial Woods has a lasting impact on my life and ministry to this day! It was the first place that I experienced full-time ministry up close and personal. I can confidently say that my summer as an intern changed the trajectory of my life!"


Makayla Reimer

Intern Class of 2020

"This last summer I had the opportunity to intern with Colonial Woods Student Ministries. It was one of the most growing summers I have experienced. I learned so much about church ministry and definitely felt more affirmed in my calling by the end of the summer.  It’s a busy summer, but you learn so much and you are not alone! The staff there is so willing to support and encourage you. By the end of the summer you will have learned so much!"


Colonial Woods is proud to offer an internship opportunity for students looking to fulfill college requirements and/or gain ministry experience. We offer both a 3-month and extended 6-month program. Both programs offer great ministry experience and diversity as well as a place to ask questions, explore and discover your passions.

Our internship program officially began in 2006 and we have had 48 interns learn with us since then. Many of those individuals are serving in full time ministry to this day (and some we even hired onto our staff!).

Our internship program offers various areas of focus- Worship, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, and Audio/Tech. Our goal is to give our interns a well-rounded experience so that when they leave here, they are ready to jump into ministry wherever God takes them. 


Do I need a car?

Yes. You will need to make sure you have a vehicle for the summer. We have various events and locations we work from, so you will need transportation to get around with.

Is Colonial Woods part of a denomination?

Colonial Woods belongs to the Missionary Church denomination, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can learn more about the Missionary Church by visiting

What does Colonial Woods believe?

We uphold the doctrine of the Missionary Church denomination, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Go to for information on the Missionary Church, or here for more information on our core beliefs.

Where will I live?

As your host church, we will make sure you will have somewhere to stay. Generally for our female interns, you will be hosted by Pastor Katie Johnson in our church parsonage. For our male interns, a family in our congregation steps up as your host family. In both situations you will be provided your own room where you will stay for the summer.

Will I get paid?

Yes. This is a paid internship. We provide a summer stipend and also take a love offering at the end of the summer to bless you even further. Our internship is also able to help qualify you for various scholarships depending on your college, so make sure to ask if you college is one of our partners who provide that.

What makes your internship program unique?

Our internship program at Colonial Woods provides some unique opportunities and training that we believe will fully equip our students as they move into ministry in the future. Here are just a few things you can look forward to if you should intern with us: Immersive Learning- Our program is designed to immerse you into ministry and teach as you go. Each event will provide immediate feedback to help you learn and grow quickly. You won't be handed random jobs "left for the intern" but you will become a trusted staff member responsible for full-on events. Focused Internships- Based on your college major and passions, we allow you to choose where your focus is. Your focus will take up 50% of your time and the other 50% will be filled with various ministry experiences. Our current focuses include Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Audio/Tech Ministry. Regardless of your focus, you'll get experiences in all of those departments to give you a well-rounded experience. Weekly Supervisor Meetings- One of our staff will be your supervisor for the duration of your internship. They will connect with you weekly and give you one-on-one guidance and supervision. Weekly Training Times- Each week a different staff member will teach a new training with helpful and practical resources for current and future ministry. Current trainings include: Message Prep, Avoiding Performance in Ministry, Intimacy with God, Graphics Design, Children's Ministry, and others.

Is this internship full time?

Yes. This will be a full time committment. You will be treated like a full-time staff member and so you can expect to work anywhere from 40-50 hours a week. We make sure you get time to rest each week and we are willing to work with you if you should have special events in your summer that you need to be a part of (attending weddings, family events, etc) but make sure to communicate those up front during your interview.