Internships

Josh McDowell Ministry Internships

Are you passionate about apologetics? Come serve with our team as Josh shares how to live, defend & share the Christian faith.

Available Internships

 

Assistant to the CEO/VP Intern

It starts with our leadership. Our CEO, travels the world to fulfill our mission of serving others until the whole world hears about Jesus. To assist him, we’re looking for an individual just as passionate about serving others—one with an interest in and sensitivity to people and detail. In addition, you will also assist other executives.

What will I do?

  • Handle administrative details and tasks
  • Assist in scheduling, travel planning and logistics
  • Document meetings, record keeping, composing documents, word processing, reporting, tracking, internal communication, filing and small project management.

Location: Plano, TX


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Digital Communications Intern for Wholeness Initiative

Support the Wholeness Initiative with skills in interacting and promotion online. You’ll be one of the online voices of the initiative, mixing professional customer service know-how with technical, primarily on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

What will I do?

  • Develop content for social and/or website
  • Manage blogs
  • Assist with advertisement, marketing and reputation management

Location: Plano, TX


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Events Intern for Wholeness Initiative

Do have you passion for seeing others find wholeness out of woundedness? Support the Wholeness Initiative with skills in scheduling, travel planning, documenting meetings, record keeping, composing documents, word processing, reporting, tracking, internal communication, filing and small project management.

What will I do?

  • Promotion of Wholeness out of Woundedness speakers
  • Follow up with Event Attendees & Hosts
  • Arrange media interviews

Location: Plano, TX


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Global Events Intern

Do you like making connections? Do you have an interests in PR and communications? Come serve with Josh for a year and see what it takes behind the scenes to run events globally.

What will I do?

  • Promotion of Josh Events.
  • Follow up with Event Attendees & Hosts.
  • Arrange media interviews.

Location: Plano, TX


APPLY ON CRU's SITE



 

IT Intern

If you enjoy helping colleagues with technology, feel called to a fast-paced ministry and have a background in information technology, you will enjoy serving with us in this position. Just be prepared to buckle your seatbelt and enjoy working with the latest technologies available!

What will I do?

  • Provide help desk support and life cycle replacement for Mac, PC and mobile users
  • Install software, repair hardware, test programs
  • Research and test new technologies to take resources to the field

Location: Plano, TX


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Media Specialist Intern

As a Media Specialist you will use your knowledge and experience in web development (computer programming, web design) and graphical communication (images, videos, audio) in the production of websites (primarily) but not limited to -- apps and other interactive projects. You should understand customer experiences and be able to employ new and existing content along those paths.

What will I do?

  • Website design (graphical and programming)
  • Create online ads (GoogleAds, Facebook, etc.)
  • Digital marketing thru e-mail and social media content development and campaign promotion

Location: Plano, TX


APPLY ON CRU's SITE



 

Traveling Intern with Josh

Do you like to travel? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spread God’s word to audiences hungry for truth? Come travel with Josh for a year and see for yourself!

Details About Position (pdf)

What will I do?

  • Serve as Josh’s right hand person on the road.
  • Run the presentations behind the scenes.
  • Handle the details of traveling and interacting with host.

Location: Consistent travel around the USA & international travel may be required


APPLY ON CRU's SITE



 

Video Editor Intern

We have a library full of powerful images waiting to be used as well as an abundance of live events and messages coming up that need to be captured creatively and communicated electronically. If you have an eye for dynamic visual presentations and embrace a vision of true followers of Jesus everywhere who live, defend and share their faith, then Josh McDowell Ministry is the place for you!

What will I do?

  • Assemble video, graphic and audio into dynamic visual presentations, utilizing knowledge of typography and advanced principles of design
  • Create and edit motion graphic videos, including screen capture, product promotion, explainer videos and illustration highlights
  • • Craft engaging visuals for sponsored and editorial content by creating new or editing existing videos to tell compelling stories or to share as ministry resources

Location: Plano, TX


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Frequently Asked Questions

Internships are not paid, per se. Josh McDowell Ministry, a ministry of Cru, is a support-based ministry. This means that we have no central funds for paying our missionary staff or interns. However, if you are accepted into an internship, we will train you on how to raise financial support from churches and individuals who have a heart to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Interns serve for 12 months. An intern may choose to serve a second year but cannot serve for more than 24 months. At this point, an individual would need to choose between joining Cru in another capacity (such as Full-time staff, Part-time, Volunteer) or other opportunities.

We are continually looking for interns.  The internship is for one year.  Our usual intern report date is September 1st.

The salary of a U.S. intern after taxes is approximately $1,200 per month. This includes approximately $500 for housing/rent costs. In addition, the intern must raise support for Social Security and federal taxes, health insurance, ministry expenses, and overhead. So the total is approximately $2,500/month. This will be more if conferences, summer projects, or any other predetermined costs are added.

Living expenses vary by each persons particular needs.

Yes. After you apply and are accepted, you will attend a weekend training, usually sometime during the month of April. The Intern Kick‐off Weekend conference will orient you to the process of raising support. After attending the conference, you have the tools needed to begin raising your support and have the next 3‐4 months to raise it.

All applications are submitted online at https://apply.cru.org. When prompted to designate preferred ministry, select “Other Ministry” then select “Josh McDowell Ministry”.

March 1 is the deadline for receiving your completed application, including completed references.

The deadline for submitting completed applications for:

Late summer start date: March 1

Early spring start date: November 1

An application is finalized when you have completed and electronically submitted your application and we have received all of your references. It is your responsibility to see that all these get to us on time. We may choose, at our discretion, to accept some applications after the deadline—based on team needs, evaluators available, estimated processing time, etc., but we will not guarantee the processing of any application submitted after the deadlines. The processing times for late applications may also be longer.

You can apply online year round. Once the application materials are complete and all references are received, the turnaround time is four to six weeks until you receive a decision. The earlier you complete your application the better.

We have a list of qualifications for potential Cru staff that include God’s leading, a walk with God, spiritual maturity, moral conduct, character, emotional maturity, effectiveness of witness and others. Learn more at: http://www.cru.org/opportunities/careers/supported-staff/qualifications/

Applicants must have a minimum educational background of a high school diploma, at least one year of college, and be at least 18 years of age. A college degree is not required.

If it is time to report to your assignment, but you are not at full support, one of two things can happen. If not much support has come in, then that is probably an indicator that God is calling you to do something else. The (very few) people who do not see their support come in are still thankful for taking this step of faith and can see God’s hand in it. If you are very close to finishing, a short amount of additional time (two weeks) might be allotted for you to complete your support raising and still get to your assignment. Each situation will be evaluated on an individual basis, but you must be at full support and have clearance from your Intern Coordinator in order to report to your assignment.

Will I have any help or encouragement during the support raising time?
Yes. At Cru, we call support raising Ministry Partner Development (MPD). During your MPD time you will be assigned a coach who will help you through the process. While this person cannot go on appointments, dial the phone, or write letters for you, he or she will give you weekly instruction and encouragement along the way. He or she will help keep you on track toward your goal of being fully funded for your internship.

Being in debt does not automatically disqualify you from serving as an intern. Our heart is to ensure that a person who takes part in the internship program would not have a monthly debt payment that would prove to be a hardship based on their salary. We also want you to be in a financial position to join staff in one to two years as the Lord may lead you to serve with us long term. In addition, we want you to consider the potential personal costs associated with high debt, which includes greater stress and anxiety and a decreased ability to take advantage of opportunities, save for unexpected events, and give generously.

Part of the application process is to gather more information (individual loan amounts, monthly payments, etc.) to help provide you with a clear picture as you think through your options. Each person’s situation is different and will be considered as a part of the application process. It is our desire to help you look at the near as well as distant future in order to help be the best steward of your life lived for Christ.

Many parents have concerns about the future career with Cru that their son or daughter might be considering. We hope to answer some of your questions and give you a clearer picture of who we are and what we do.

Learn more at: http://www.servewithcru.org/information-for-parents/ If your parents would like to talk to one of our Josh McDowell Ministry staff about their concerns, they can contact Justin Nations (justin.nations@josh.org)