Summer Internships


"...I thought I would learn to work with kids, but what I most learned was how to improve my relationship with Christ and walk with him..." - Will Winn

About the Internship

The Highland Park Pres Summer Intern program exists both to enhance our ministry to Kids and Students and to develop Christ-centered leaders for the church and the world.


Each summer, we hire 8 college aged interns who spend 10 weeks serving in one of four ministry age-groups: Elementary, 5th-6th, Middle School or High School. Interns work alongside our year-round staff to plan and teach Wednesday night and Sunday morning programs, meet up with kids and students for various fun hangouts, and serve as counselors on day-trips, retreats and mission trips. We encourage our interns to build relationships with students through which they can share Jesus in their words and example. We pursue a highly relational, energetic, fun and deeply Christ-centered approach to ministry.

Kids Interns In Action - VBS 2016

Student Interns In Action - San Francisco Trip



Even more than we hope that our interns will enhance our ministry, we want to invest in the spiritual formation and leadership development of our interns. Each intern is paired with a staff mentor. These mentors meet regularly with our interns helping them to engage in spiritual practices (Scripture reading, prayer, etc.) that will hopefully deepen their relationship with Jesus. Additionally, the mentors provide feedback and coaching to help our interns develop practical skills that can help them lead on their campus or in other ministry contexts. 

Finally, our interns participate in a weekly reading and discussion cohort with our Teaching Pastor, Charlie Dunn, in order to deepen their understanding of the Gospel and to explore what it means to be a Christ-centered leader in the world. Interns read and reflect upon Tim Keller’s summary of the Christian faith in The Prodigal God. They also discuss topics including:

  • The Story of God’s World Redemption
  • Knowing the God who Made and Makes Sense of the World
  • Valuing Your Work in God’s World  
  • Pursuing Justice in God’s World
  • Seeking truth in God’s World
  • Engaging in Politics and Public Life in God’s World

We will also arrange 1-2 lunch discussions with members from various professions, who will speak to how they approach their work in a distinctly Christian way. 


Serving as a summer intern is a full-time commitment starting Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and ending Sunday, August 6, 2017. Interns will receive a stipend of $3,000 for the summer. You are allowed to take up to 1 week of unpaid vacation.


“My experience interning for the Middle school department at HPPC was awesome.  It was amazing to watch the students grow in their relationships with the Lord. At the same time I was really able to foster my own relationship with God. The staff is so encouraging and fun to be with and to have them as mentors last summer was such a blessing.”  – Elizabeth Davis

“I came into the internship because I needed time to truly learn about my faith. I loved the experience in an almost selfish way: I became a stronger Christian through teaching kids about Jesus. ”  – Webber Beall

“The experience I had this past summer at HP Pres was incredibly uplifting. I loved building friendships with the other interns, and I cannot imagine a job where coworkers and bosses are any more welcoming or fun to be around.” – Lowrie Reniger

“This internship was so rewarding, and I have seen so much growth in my life throughout this experience. Our discussion group opened my eyes so much. I can’t see things the same now!” – Margo Garrigues

Apply Here


First Name:*
Middle Name:*
Last Name:*
Phone Number*
Your Permanent Address:*
Expected Graduation Date:*
Date You Need to Return to School This Fall:*
Do you play any musical instruments?*
Do you play any sports?
Parent's Names:*
Parent's Phone Numbers
Parent's Address
What is your first ministry interest?
What is your second ministry interest?
What is your third ministry interest?
What is your fourth ministry interest?
Church you attend while in school:
Home Church:
In 100 words or less, define the Gospel.
Share your story of faith:
What role does Scripture play in your life? (100-200 words):
How do you continue to grow in your relationship with Christ? (100-200 words):
Why do you want to work at Highland Park Presbyterian this summer? (100-200 words):
What gifts, skills, or background do you believe will assist you in your summer staff position? (List any training or personal experiences that would help you in ministering to youth.)
Describe your family background. How will your family feel about your being on Summer Staff? May we contact them?
List Three Personal Strengths
List Three Personal Weaknesses
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself on time management?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself on driving?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself on working with a team?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself on cleanliness?
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate yourself on biblical knowledge?
Please list your prior work experience including supervisor(s) and phone numbers:
Who has been a spiritual influence in your life? May we contact this person? (Include phone number):
What is your understanding of leadership & authority? How do you do under someone else’s supervision?
Do you have any health concerns of which we should be aware?
Do you have any school, family or vacation commitments that would conflict with your internship? If so, what dates? (Only allowed 1 week of unpaid vacation)
Is there anything else we need to know in considering you for Summer Staff?
I subscribe to the ECO Essential Tenets of Faith (
As a staff member, I will not participate in any illegal activities and will discourage others from participating in them. I am also willing to abstain from any other activities that may reflect negatively so that there will be no conflict of interest with the youth ministry, college ministry, and church.
I authorize you to perform a criminal and/or driving investigation/check.
I will not miss more than 1 week of my 10-week Internship commitment.
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