Each summer, Brethren Connection funds several ministry internships with Ashland University students in local Brethren churches. The goal of all Brethren Connection internships is to serve both the intern and the Brethren Church. With intimate exposure to pastoral ministry in the context of a local Brethren congregation, the intern has the opportunity to lay an experiential foundation for his or her view of pastoral ministry for the remainder of his/her lifetime. This key shaping experience serves the Brethren Church by providing ordained and lay leaders with keen insight into effective pastoral ministry.

Internships generally last 8 weeks throughout the summer, ending with General Conference. While each internship looks different, they all must include the following ministry areas in some way - teaching/preaching, ministry coordination, shepherding responsibilities, church administration, and stewardship of self.


The deadline for requesting intern placements has already passed for the summer of 2017, but you can already get a jump start on summer 2018 if you are interested! Please save a copy of our Job Description Template and send an edited version specific to your context to Cory Smith by October 1, 2017. From there, we will move forward in the process of marketing, interviewing student applicants, and prayerfully pairing student interns with an internship site to find the best fit for both parties. The deadline for student applications for the summer of 2018 will be January 15, 2018.

Intern Host Sites Must Provide:

  • An intern supervisor who will organize 15-20 hours worth of ministry work for the internship. Supervisors should provide regular communication, encouragement, feedback, and training for interns.

  • Food and lodging for interns throughout the summer.

Brethren Connection Provides:

  • Pay for student interns throughout the summer.

  • Reading resources for students to learn about Brethren heritage and values (Brethren Witness for the 21st Century, and Brethren Witness Primer).

  • Regular cohort meetings with all interns via video chat to debrief internship process and talk about progress.

  • Availability for support and troubleshooting for intern supervisors and host sites should any issues arise.