Christian Internships

Learn more about Compassion's Christian internships.
Live Compassion: More than Just an Internship

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

Today, Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries. We are Christ-centered, child-focused and church-based.

We offer an internship that develops students professionally, spiritually and personally. Come help us make a difference in children’s lives as we release them from poverty in Jesus name!


Compassion’s Internship Program is open to college students who have completed at least 60 hours (sophomore level) of course work toward their Bachelor’s degree (expected graduation dates of May 2014 through May 2016) and who have not served as a Compassion intern in the past. Please note: This will be the last year for sophomores to be accepted into our program. Beginning 2015, only juniors and seniors can apply. A cumulative 3.2 GPA is required and students must be legally eligible for employment in the United States. In addition, applicants are encouraged to participate in the Guatemala Mission Trip (May 26-31).

This is a paid internship ($10/hour) working Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week, at Compassion International’s Global Ministry Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The program begins May 26 with the Guatemala Mission Trip and ends August 8. Interns have the option of working through August 15 and attending the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.

Detailed job descriptions and applications will be available November 16 on the Compassion “Employment Opportunities” web page. Look for the job titles that begin with “Intern”. Applications are due January 2, 2014.

Please note: intern jobs will now be posted by Friday, November 22.

Please see further details on the Internship Program by using the tabs above.

Intern / Impact

Job Placement
  • Compassion International’s Global Ministry Center (GMC) in Colorado Springs is a corporate setting working behind the scenes of the international ministry. Compassion’s programs work worldwide through local churches in order to empower indigenous people with resources and training so they can help people in their own communities build a better life. To learn more about the programs, please visit:
  • Applicants are screened by Human Resources staff and selected based on the following criteria:
    • Commitment to complete entire program (Guatemala Mission Trip through the Leadership Summit)
    • Faith statement
    • Ability to answer the essay questions articulately
    • Relevant experience
    • If selected to interview, verbal communication skills
  • Top candidates are interviewed by phone by HR personnel and then forwarded to hiring managers for another phone interview. Hiring managers are looking for self-motivated individuals who can perform the job with creativity, ingenuity and energy. Candidates must have good organizational and communication skills and the maturity to follow through on all work projects. They must be teachable, able to multitask, and above all, be advocates for children in poverty.
  • Students can apply for as many positions in which they are qualified. Communication from Compassion’s HR Department to intern candidates is conducted through the email address provided on the application.

Applications will be available online by November 16. The last day to apply is January 2, 2014.

Please note: intern jobs will now be posted by Friday, November 22.

2011 Internship Program Grads

The 2011 Internship Program graduates with Compassion's President, Wess Stafford, and Intern Coordinator, Ela Trude

Schedule Overview
  • This year, the Internship Program will begin with a welcome/send-off dinner on May 25 for those interns who will participate in the Guatemala mission trip May 26-31. Students will raise their own support for this trip after they have been selected for the program. The cost of the trip is approximately $1800 with a non-refundable deposit of $300 due February 17.
  • All interns will report to the Global Ministry Center on Monday, June 2 and work Monday-Friday, 40 hours per week through August 8. Interns will have the option of working through August 15 to attend the Willow Creek Leadership Summit (satellite feed held at a local church) on August 14-15. Students must commit to the entire Internship Program (May 25-August 8) or they will not be considered for acceptance into the program.
2013 Interns

2013 Interns

Housing & Transportation
  • Housing is provided to interns by Compassion staff for a one-time fee of $600 to the host home. Hosts are screened by HR and both the hosts and interns sign a contract outlining expectations for each other. Interns are responsible for their own food and toiletries.
  • Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to Colorado Springs and are responsible for their own transportation needs while here.
2013 Interns at the zoo

Previous interns hanging out and enjoying Colorado

Mission Trip
  • Interns will travel to Guatemala May 26-31 for hands-on experience into the heart of Compassion. The trip will set the stage for interns’ work behind the scenes at corporate headquarters.
  • Approximate cost of the trip is $1800 and interns are expected to raise their own funds. A $300 non-refundable deposit is due February 17 and total payment is due mid-April.
2011 Intern with Compassion-Sponsored Child

A previous intern playing with a Compassion-sponsored child in the Dominican Republic


Please direct all questions to the Internship Program Coordinator, Sam Askew at

Passionate about Compassion, but not sure if the Internship Program works for you? Click here to learn more about being an advocate for children in poverty.