Come and receive, come and provide, and finish your summer better equipped for life, leadership, and ministry.


Who is a good fit?

✓ passionate
✓ energetic
✓ Christ-follower
✓ eager to learn

The Lake Forest Student Summer Leadership Intensive is not just any other internship. The program is designed to better equip you, the student, for a meaningful life as a follower of Jesus, impactful leadership in whatever field of work you may be called, and a full understanding of what it means to be a part of the ministry of the Gospel.

We aim to accomplish this goal through four key focuses: leadership development, spiritual formation, global citizenship, and a ministry specialization within our church. Read more on those below. But first, an overview of the program at large:

When is the internship, and do interns get time off?

The program spans over 10 weeks, taking place in 8 full weeks and 2 half weeks. We will begin on Wednesday, June 8 and conclude on Wednesday, August 10. We understand that the summer is a time when many families take trips together, so our interns will be allotted one full calendar week of absence (7 days) to use whenever works best for them. No time may be taken off during the 2 week span of July 17-30 due to crucial trips and experiences scheduled during this time. Interns will be required to share their absence dates with the program leader prior to the beginning of the internship.

Will interns be paid?

While we certainly believe that our interns will finish this program with great value added to their lives, we also acknowledge that they will be serving and contributing time to Lake Forest that is of high value to us. For this reason, interns will be compensated with a stipend of $800 for the summer.

How do I apply?

Applications will close at 5 pm on April 29, 2022 and our hiring team, comprised of ministry partners of Lake Forest, will begin making selections for follow-up interviews and final decisions. If you have any questions about the details of our program, please e-mail our program leader, Becca Easterling, by clicking the “I have a question” button below.

Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another…The measure of a leader is not how many people serve him, but the number of people He serves.
– John Maxwell

Leadership is all about leveraging your influence in the world around you, and we know that the greatest model of leadership is found in the character of Jesus Christ Himself. Our interns will work together through a curriculum that is carefully crafted to examine the leadership qualities of Jesus that will help them be more prepared for a fruitful life of ministry or in the workplace. Our interns will have the opportunity to put what they’re learning into practice by collaboratively planning, serving, and serving in a leadership role for both our Lake Forest Youth Summer Mission Trip to Mayfield, Kentucky (July 18-22) and our Kidventure Adventure Camp (July 25-29).

In addition to examining the life of Jesus through the lens of leadership, we will also place an emphasis on spiritual development through scripture study, prayer, and discussion. In addition to weekly gatherings as a cohort, our interns will each be assigned a spiritual formation mentor that will meet with them weekly to discuss what they’re learning, how they’re growing, and be a source of prayer and support for the student.

While the term “citizen” might come with some baggage, we don’t intend to attach any political affiliation to it. By “global citizenship,” we are referring to the quality of our response to the role that we play in our global community. In simpler terms, we’re asking the question, “how are we impacting the world positively?”
Our service as a part of the Lake Forest Youth Mission Trip will be a part of this exploration, and the group will explore at least one other opportunity to serve outside of the walls of LFC.

Unlike many other internship programs, we are not listing “open positions” in each area of ministry that our church offers. Our goal is to bring on a team of interns based on their capacity for leadership and alignment to the values of our program, not their subject-matter area of interest. Once selected, the interns will be assigned an area of ministry specialization based on their interests. In addition to the “core” of our program which will be identical for all interns, they will also specialize in an area like Kids, Youth, Worship, Technology, Communications and Media, and more.
This is the real “work” part of the internship. Our ministry leaders will use a “teaching hospital” style approach where they bring their intern alongside them as they accomplish their ministry-related tasks, teaching and guiding along the way. Interns will be resources for fresh ideas, new ways of thinking, and their individual skills and talents.