2021 Internship Application

Come change the lives of young people as you lead them into the margins. 

Thank you for your interest in working with YMCo for a summer of Mission and leadership!  The Intern application is located at the bottom of this page.  As you complete the form, should you find that you need additional time and would like to save and return to the form at a later time, please scroll to the bottom and click “save and continue”.  You will be provided with a link to return to your form.  First, you will want to read all the information provided here to understand what your summer will look like.

Summer at YMCo: Transforming youth, the community, and your life!

Youth Mission Co-hosts hundreds of youth from dozens of churches around the country, leading them in Christian service among our neighbors who are experiencing poverty and homelessness.  Most of these youth come during our busy summer season and work alongside us to contribute thousands of service hours in Asheville and Raleigh, NC and in Memphis, TN!

Internship Overview

Your internship will be an in-depth experience focused on youth ministry, community outreach, teaching youth and their adult advisors about justice through the lens of Scripture, and helping young people explore their faith through the arts.

Interns do a large variety of tasks including:

  • organizing groups of youth and their advisors to volunteer at service (mission immersion) sites
  • leading these same groups in Bible study, theological reflection, worship, recreation, and art exploration 
  • participating in volunteer work along with our visiting youth groups
  • getting to know 12-15 different ministries and agencies, their staff, and the communities they serve

Your weeks will be busy and long (similar to working at an overnight camp for a summer), but they will also be filled with fun, creativity, times of rest, good friends, and lots of growing.

The Intern Experience

During your summer, our Executive Director and your Mission Immersion Director will lead you and your fellow interns through intentional reflections about your sense of call, your experiences at service sites, and how this internship is shaping, challenging, and affirming you as a Christian and as a leader.

Characteristics of a YMCo Intern

We are looking for interns who:

  • will take initiative and lead
  • are good organizers
  • are fast learners
  • are open to coaching and are good listeners
  • love working with youth
  • have lots of energy
  • value working with other leaders in a team
  • aren’t above doing things like cleaning bathrooms or working outside 
  • are self-defined and approach life with confidence
  • either like arts/crafts in ministry or at least aren’t afraid of them
  • want to explore their calling in life


  • Leading groups of youth (and their adult advisors) in immersion experiences at local agencies and ministries. (see listing below)
  • Leading orientation sessions, debriefing programs, recreation, and worship services with groups.
  • Supporting the daily living needs of youth groups, including care of their living spaces, shopping for and stocking their groceries, managing the groups’ check in/check out/daily procedures, etc.
  • Planning and teaching recreation events that will be led by our youth groups for day camps with children at risk, providing hospitality for people experiencing homelessness.

Typical Summer Week of Activities

Sunday Night:  Orientation for Mission Immersion Groups. (AYM interns occasionally leading work groups)
Monday-Wednesday:  Work with groups during the day and lead program in evenings.
Thursday:  Work with Mission Immersion group in morning, Staff Meeting at lunch.
Friday:  Morning Worship with group, then Intern Reflection and wrap up.
Friday Afternoon-Saturday:  Rest and get ready for next week.

Typical Day

8:00am Staff Daily Huddle

8:30am Devotions with Groups

8:45am Depart for Sites

Noon Lunch with Groups

1:00pm Work with groups at Sites

3:15pm Drop off groups

6:00pm Eat dinner with the group 

7:00pm Program (Bible Study, recreation, etc.)

9:00pm Staff leaves for day

Some Agencies with which AYM works

Children First/Communities in Schools of Asheville, Haywood Street Congregation, AHOPE Day Center, Irene Wortham Center, Manna Food Bank, Homeward Bound’s Donation Center, Black Mountain Home for Children, BeLoved House, Asheville/Buncombe County Christian Ministries: Steadfast House, Veterans Restoration Quarters, Root Causes Farm, Church of the Advocate, 12 Baskets Cafe.

Some Agencies with which RYM works 

Catholic Parish Outreach, Lutheran Services of the Carolinas and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Refugee Ministries), Farm Church, Healing Transitions (men’s facility and women’s facility), Love Wins, Passage Home and Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen.

Some Agencies with which MYM works 

Mid-South Food Bank, Metro Inter-Faith Alliance, Hospitality Hub, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church of Memphis, Thistle & Bee, Habitat Re-store, Caritas Village, Project Transformation

Summer Schedule

(Summer 2021 Schedule is subject to change.  Contact your location’s Mission Immersion Director for updated information)

Orientation May 23 Arrive by 5:00pm

Week 1 May 30-June 4

Week 2 June 6-11

Week 3 June 13-18

Week 4 June 20-25

Week 5 June 27 – July 2 

Week 6 July 4-9

Week 7 July 11-16

Week 8 July 18-23

Week 9 July 25-30

Week 10 August 1-6

*(some interns may be hired for a partial summer schedule)

Time Off

Although this will be an intensive internship that includes a lot of work and long hours, there will also be opportunities for time off.  Interns will be given assignments on a rotating basis.


Interns will stay at no cost in private housing arranged by YMCo (sometimes a house-sitting arrangement with people who are gone for the summer, or a guest room in someone’s home, etc.)


Interns may join groups for breakfasts, packed lunches, and their evening meals provided by AYM, RYM, or MYM.


Summer Interns will be compensated $300 per week of work (including training week).  Summer seasons typically range from 7 – 10 weeks.


Interns will need to provide their own vehicle to travel to and from work, as well as to lead groups to work sites.  Mileage reimbursement is provided.


Interns will be supervised by their Mission Immersion Director, as well as our Executive Director, Bill Buchanan, an ordained minister who has been working with young people (youth, college, young adults) for over 20 years.

2021 Internship Application

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    Asheville Youth Mission
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    Raleigh Youth Mission
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