Compassion Internships Where Career and Calling Collide
The Heart

Come gain insight into one of the largest non-profits in the United States and be part of the mission to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Our ten to fifteen week internship programs provide students with the opportunity to gain professional experience in a variety of areas within Compassion ranging from information technology (IT), accounting, and human resources (HR) to church engagement, graphic design, and video editing.

We believe that your calling can be lived out through your career and skills. Be a part of an internship program that fits both your passion and education, and watch your career and calling collide!

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The Program
A Compassion intern at his desk

For Spring 2019, we are looking for passionate and skilled college graduates (graduation dates of May 2016-December 2018) from all concentrations. For Summer 2019, we are looking for college students who have just completed their junior or senior year (graduation dates of December 2018-May 2020). This is a full-time (40 hours/week), paid internship at Compassion International’s Global Ministry Center (GMC) located in adventurous Colorado Springs, Colorado. Undergraduate salaries range based on experience and position.

In order to gain a deeper understanding of Compassion's programs, the first week of the internship is spent on an optional mission trip to one of Compassion's country offices and Child Development Centers in Latin or Central America. All interns will report to the Global Ministry Center the Monday following their return to begin working in their position.

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Summer 2019 Timeline

  • Program Length:  10 weeks
  • Application Open:  Nov 2 - December 28, 2018
  • Interviews:  January 7 - February 8, 2019
  • Mission Trip Dates:  May 26 - June 1, 2019
  • Mission Trip Location:  Guatemala  
  • Internship Dates:  June 3 - August 9, 2019

Spring 2019 Timeline
  • Program Length:  15 weeks
  • Application Open:  August 13 - October 8, 2018
  • Interviews:  October 8 - November 2, 2018
  • Mission Trip Dates:  May 26 - June 1, 2019
  • Mission Trip Location:  Guatemala  
  • Internship Dates:  February 11- May 24, 2019

*All dates are subject to change.

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The Application

Applicants can apply for up a number of job areas in which they are qualified. Applicants are screened by human resources staff and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Relevant experience and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to answer the essay questions articulately
  • Commitment to complete entire program
  • Faith statement

Qualified applicants are self-motivated and 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, strong decisions makers, and above all, be advocates for children in poverty.

If your application is selected, you will proceed to a three-step interview process including a video interview, human resources faith screen and phone interview, and a final phone interview with the hiring manager for your position.

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The Work

Internships are available in a variety of disciplines. The job descriptions below provide examples of positions available in the past, however, future openings may vary.  Compassion's team works hard to fit applicants with a position that matches skill-level, passion and interest. 

The Mission Trip
Compassion Internship Mission Trip

One of the most important aspects of the internship program is a one-week mission trip. During the mission trip, interns get firsthand experience with the work Compassion does through the local church in our partner countries and the positive impact Compassion has on children around the world. After returning from this experience, students have a strong understanding of the ministry and the importance of the work they do at corporate headquarters. The spring and summer interns will travel together for the mission trip.

Interns have traveled to Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic in recent years, but the trip destination changes depending on circumstances. The cost of the trip is approximately $1,900. Interns raise their own support for the mission trip after being selected for the program, but fundraising assistance is provided!

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The Details
  • Housing: Housing is provided to interns by Compassion staff for a fee of $60/week to the host home paid in a lump sum at the beginning of the internship. Each host family is screened by HR. We make every effort to ensure a good match and help set clear expectations with contracts signed by both. Interns are responsible for their own food and toiletries.
  • Transportation: Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to Colorado Springs and are responsible for their own transportation needs while here.

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