Internship Opportunities at Eastside


3/17 + 4/14 + 5/26 + 6/9 + 7/7 + 8/4 + 9/22
GRADUATION: August 22, 2024 4-5pm
FIRST INTERN CLASS: September 5, 2024

Curious about what it's like to be an intern at Eastside? Join us for our monthly Preview Weekend and experience the culture, the people, and the opportunities that await you!

Developing the next generation of leaders

The Eastside Internship Program exists to prepare, equip, and inspire the next generation leaders for the church. Through coaching, training, and experiences, interns at Eastside learn to make decisions, define processes, and practically apply leadership skills in ministry. Are you passionate about spiritual growth, skill development, and building meaningful relationships? Eastside’s Internship Program is your gateway to a fulfilling ministry life.

🌟 Unlock Your Ministry Potential Today With Eastside’s Internship Program!


📌 Why Choose Eastside’s Internship Program?

  • Expert Guidance: Our Intern Coaches are committed to investing 1-4 hours a week to help you grow.
  • Holistic Development: We focus on your spiritual growth, skill development, and relational depth.
  • Real-World Experience: Get hands-on experience with meaningful projects and responsibilities.
  • Flexible Time Commitment: Choose between a 6-month or 1-year internship, with 14-20 hours per week.
  • Comprehensive Training: Attend intern classes, staff meetings, and one-on-one sessions with your coach.
  • Book Learning: Dive into curated reading lists that will deepen your understanding of ministry and leadership.
  • Spiritual Mentorship: Benefit from one-on-one spiritual guidance at least once every two months.
  • Life Skills: Learn essential competencies like conflict resolution, time management, and effective communication.

👉 Ready to take the next step? Text (714)598-2040 or fill out the interest form here.

what our interns are saying

“I not only grew as a person, but as a leader. I got to experience hands-on ministry and challenges that are impossible to gain from college. I personally was challenged in my faith and was given opportunities and safe places to fail, be encouraged, and do better…”

Madison Cass

Worship Intern

"...If it weren’t for this internship, I wouldn’t have made the relationships I needed to help me with the church plant I’m involved in now...Eastside’s High School Ministry Internship gave me the confidence I needed to confidently and boldly step into leading a ministry of my own."

Kellen Key

High School Ministry Intern

"My internship experience has impacted me first as a Christ follower, but also as a leader. I have grown through the stories and lessons of staff members, along with my fellow interns. This internship has given me wisdom to hold onto through my life journey."

Osvaldo Castillo

Young Adults Intern

“This internship set me up for my first full-time ministry job which I’m currently serving in. I would highly recommend interning at Eastside because of what you learn, how you learn it, and the people you learn it from.”

Zach Rutherford

Junior High Ministry Intern

"I got to be involved in many of the projects and daily tasks of the Communications Department. They cared about making me feel prepared for the real world. I am grateful for my time spent there!"

Sarah Printy

Graphic Design Intern

"This experience has shaped and molded me into the leader I am today. I jumped into the unknown of interning, but came out positively shaped in my ability to lead, learn, and dream about what God can do here at Eastside and in my life. Out of this one-year internship, I now have the courage to step into the unknown, but also have learned to fully trust that God can use you no matter how unequipped you may feel."

Taylor Gonzalez

Young Adults Intern

"When I first joined the team as an intern, I was unsure of if God could really use me. I wanted to stay behind the scenes, but never thought I would be capable on any kind of upfront leadership, or decision making...Because of my internship, I now trust God more radically, I am able to walk more boldly in my faith, and I know that I can be used as a mouthpiece for His Kingdom."

Sara Erb

Global Compassion Intern

"Every part of where I am in my life today began with my Eastside internship. I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to learn about vocational ministry. Everything from weekend services, mid-week planning, development meetings, and the partnership with coaches, pastors, and other interns made being "in the trenches" the best training opportunity anyone looking to do ministry could ask for. If you feel even the slightest tug to apply, I highly recommend you put doubt aside and just go for it! See what God can do!"

Nathan Woodward

Kidside Intern

"When I first began the internship, I was slightly terrified for what I had just signed up for. My mentor saw more leadership in me than I knew I had, and he wanted to give me the opportunities and encouragement to unleash it in myself. I will forever be grateful for the growth I experienced, not only in ministry but also in who I am as a person and my faith as a whole during the internship."

Stephen Kopp

Junior High Ministry Intern

internships details + APPLICATION


Option for international travel with global team

($800-$1600 value)

$1,250 scholarship per semester

(Only for those enrolled in an accredited university.)

Eastside Team Ministry Resources + Swag 

*All books and supplies excluding a computer for most roles



(1:1 Meetings with your coach, weekly team meetings, spiritual mentorship)


(Weekly intern class, learning and using core competencies, goal-setting execution and evaluation)


(Practical and hands-on day-to-day, season-to-season ministry)

internship schedule



Internship Program 3-9 hours/week:

  • Weekly Meeting: (Thur 3:30pm-5:30pm)
  • Monthly Staff Meeting: (Wed 9am-11am)
  • Exploration and Learning: job searching, reading for the internship, working on modules, meeting with a spiritual mentor.

Specific Ministry 11-16 hours/week:

  • Weekly Team Meeting: 1-2 hours a week
  • Responsibilities as assigned by Ministry
  • Ministry events and meetings
  • 1:1 with Coach ( 1 hour/week)

learn more about where
you can intern at eastside

next gen

Kidside (birth – 5th grade)… a fun, relational, and safe place for kids and families to grow together on their faith journey. Our staff and team of screened volunteers are committed to help kids learn to pursue God, connect in community, and unleash compassion. As a Kidside Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:
• Help lead in our weekend services
• Research learning activities for kids ministry.
• Coordinate purchasing of supplies.
• Assist with volunteer communication

Transforming Jr. Highers by helping them Pursue God, Build Community, and Unleash Compassion in their homes, communities, and the world. We shatter the stereotype that church is boring and invite all 6th, 7th and 8th graders to jump in and discover new friends, an exciting faith, and a really fun time! As a Junior High Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Plan, coordinate, and execute student events for each campus.

• Identify and recruit students to participate in groups.

• Maintain our database of leaders and students.

Eastside’s High School Ministry exists to help students transform their homes, schools, community and the world by Pursuing God, Building Community, and Unleashing Compassion. This internship is for anyone who is passionate about investing into the next generation of high schools students. As a High School Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Plan, coordinate, and execute student events for each campus.

• Identify and recruit students to participate in groups.

• Maintain our database of leaders and students.

We value everyone. We are thankful. We think honesty paves the way in relationships. We put others first. We are willing to sacrifice everything to reach anyone. Whether you are in school or out, career focused or in-between jobs, religious or disinterested, we exist to connect all young adults to God, the church, and each other. As a Young Adults Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Plan, coordinate, and execute young adult events.

• Identify and recruit young adults to participate in groups.

• Maintain our database of leaders and young adults.

creative arts

Are you passionate about leading others in worship? In our Worship Department, we provide practical, hands-on experience – from songwriting, to worship leading, to team building. We aim to teach a wide variety of skills and knowledge for a strong foundation in church worship. Because Worship is a specialized team, we ask that you please audition for this internship spot. As a Worship Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to: • Lead worship alongside worship leaders at our various campuses. • Receive leadership and talent development from our worship team. • Help campus worship leader with daily responsibilities. • Be involved with worship experience and run-through.

Our Graphic Design team is responsible for inspiring and designing the “look and feel” of our church. From dreaming up stage designs for weekend services or special events, to making our campuses always look sharp. Because Graphic Design is a specialized team, we ask that you please submit your portfolio for this internship spot. As a Graphic Design Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Design graphic materials for Worship Experience

• Create engaging visuals for all areas of ministry.

• Design graphic materials for events and teams.

• Design for other various mediums.

Our Communication team is responsible for all marketing communications and media in and around our various campuses. Interns in this department have experience in Graphic Design, Web Design & Coding, Videography, and Photography. As a Marketing Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Research creative elements used for the weekend experience and Communications.

• Logistical planning for creative elements.

• Order sermon series collateral: t-shirts, resource materials, etc.

• Manage deadlines for projects requested in Breeze (our Project Management software).

• Design marketing campaigns and emails.

• Enhance and contribute to building the new website.

• Create content for and digital marketing.

• Photograph special events and community outreach events.

• Edit and help manage our various social media channels.

• Maintain and organize photo library and archive.

Our Production team gets to be part of the engine of making church happen across all of our campuses. They get to creatively express themselves through a heart of worship that is found in the Creative Technologies platform. This involves lighting, sound, and stage management. As a Production Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Work with production volunteers and contract employees.

• Assist with back-stage production.

• Research materials for creative elements.

• Assist the on-campus producer for each weekend experience.

• Assist with technical AV aspects on campus each weekend.

• Assist with upgrades and installs.

Our Film team is responsible for shooting inspiring videos and stories to be used in our weekend experience as well as special events. Because Film is a specialized team, we ask that you please submit your portfolio for this internship spot. As a Film Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Assist with managing and prioritizing video requests and deadlines.

• Coordinate props and costumes for video shoots.

• Present ideas and participate in brainstorming sessions.

• Help identify talent and locations for video shoots.

• Help shoot and edit footage.

• Design motion graphics for weekend experience across all campuses.

build community

Small Groups help people make friends, follow Jesus, and make a difference: to live out faith in the context of community, to take next steps on their spiritual journey, and to make a difference in the world.

If you are passionate about relationships, leadership, or discipleship, we’re the team for you. As a Small Groups Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Invest in a group of potential leaders as you lead their them through our leadership pipeline.

• Coach small group leaders, helping them troubleshoot problems and strategize next steps for their group.

• Learn the back end systems that help make small group ministry run.

• Develop community amongst leaders through social media.

Are you passionate about helping those who are new to faith and new to church get connected into environments where they can begin to grow and give back to others? If so, we’d love to have you join our Assimilation team. As an Assimilation Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Learn how to develop a process that helps the unchurched and de-churched get connected in the church.

• Help lead First Step, as we share two of the most important life-changing and life-shaping truths you’ll ever learn about yourself and God’s plan for your life

• Create “wow” moments for the guests who walk through the church doors.

Do you have a heart for those who are walking through a difficult season of life? Do you feel called to care for others as they take a next step on their spiritual journey? Are you looking to grow in public speaking and message writing? Consider interning with our Pastoral Care team. As a Pastoral Care Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to:

• Work alongside our Director of Pastoral Care, learning the systems and processes behind pastoral care at Eastside (from planning & coordinating Funerals, our Pre-Marital Class, working with seniors & getting trained in the “triage method” of pastoral care).

• Serve as pastor-on-call, learning to assist those navigating the twists and turns of life.

• Work with our senior’s ministry, Wisdom Seekers, where you’ll have the opportunity to give a message 2-4 times during your internship + plan and attend various events and day trips.


local & global compassion

Do you have a heart for helping others in need globally or locally? Compassion interns can choose one of two focuses. The global track, focusing primarily on missions and mobilizing the church to serve overseas. Or, the local track, which explores the partnerships between community agencies and the church, meeting needs by connecting resources and volunteers. Our philosophy is to focus on holistic work wherever possible, partner with those that are doing it best, and do it all in Jesus’ name. As a Compassion Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to: • Plan and coordinate local community outreach events.

• Work alongside outreach partners and volunteers.

• Help lead Beyond Borders trips.

• Help lead Serve Day projects.

• Take part in strategy and planning meetings.

• Assist with identifying opportunities to serve.

Here are some frequently asked questions
you may have about our internship.

  • Fall Term: Applications due by the last day of July; term starts the first Thursday of September.
  • Spring Term: Applications due by December 15th; term starts the first Thursday of February.

A spiritual mentor provides personal perspective, spiritual insight, and life guidance. Interns are required to meet with their mentor at least once every two months, with a minimum of 6 meetings in total.

Interns are responsible for finding their mentor, who should be at least 10 years older and more experienced in their faith journey. The mentor is expected to guide the intern in spiritual and personal development.

Benefits include hands-on ministry experience, mentorship, leadership development, and engagement in a supportive community.

Yes, interns enrolled in an accredited university receive a $1,250 scholarship per semester. Additional scholarships are available for Biola students.

Interns can choose a 6-month or 1-year track, dedicating 14-20 hours per week.

Interns engage in ministry projects, attend classes on spiritual and leadership development, and participate in hands-on activities.

We host monthly Preview Weekends and offer 1-on-1 connections to address any hesitations. Please CLICK HERE to find out more.

Mentors should have a strong relationship with Christ, be mature in their faith, and be willing to invest time in developing the intern

The program is designed to complement your academic learning, offering practical ministry experience and leadership skills that enhance your educational journey.

Yes, the program is open to individuals seeking to grow in their faith and leadership skills, regardless of their current academic status.

Interns are expected to model spiritual leadership, attend weekend services, commit to Eastside’s volunteer expectations, and uphold ethical standards. CLICK HERE to learn more about Eastside’s vision and beliefs.

Year-long interns have the option to join a global trip, subject to availability and program requirements. To learn more about our trips visit

Interested candidates can CLICK HERE to fill out the application.

Yes, we encourage prospective interns to connect with our alumni for insights and testimonials. To start the conversation please email

Projects vary based on the ministry area but typically involve hands-on work in community outreach, event planning, and other church-related activities.

The program balances classroom learning with practical ministry work, providing a comprehensive experience in church leadership and operations.

While the internship is unpaid, eligible students receive scholarships, and all interns receive resources and meals for class-related events.

To express interest or attend a Preview Weekend, please CLICK HERE out our interest form. 

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