Mission internship

4 to 18 months
ages 18 and older

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Work with the EMM team and a local Chilean couple to develop a Christian retreat center/camp on a beautiful island property near Puerto Montt. This position is ideal for those with skills in design and creativity, construction, and/or gardening and upkeep. Intermediate proficiency in Spanish is necessary.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service South America
  • Ministry category Business for transformation, Children at risk, Health and community development

Facilitate conversational English groups or classes in one of several possible settings. Interact with participants informally as time allows, participate in a Czech church, and build relationships.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Europe
  • Ministry category Discipleship training, Education, Hospitality
Teach urban refugees in a classroom setting or one-on-one. Experience in ESL or other teaching preferred.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service East Africa
  • Ministry category Education
Serve as a trained counselor, health professional, consultant, engineer, agricultural specialist, or teacher in a multicultural city. Get involved in a local fellowship or house church. Four-year university degree required.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Central Asia
  • Ministry category Health and community development, Muslim ministry

Volunteer as a doctor or nurse in a medical facility. The nature of the work depends on the worker's area of specialty. Experience or interest in tropical medicine preferred.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service East Africa
  • Ministry category Health and community development

A variety of exciting healthcare opportunities are available in the capital city of a nominally Muslim country in Central Asia.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Central Asia
  • Ministry category Health and community development, Muslim ministry

Travel around the region to a circuit of churches, or offer training in a relevant specialty (e.g. evangelism, discipleship, etc.). This position could belong to a non-resident worker who visited the region once or twice a year.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service East Africa
  • Ministry category Leadership training, Pioneer witness, International partnerships
Participate in an existing house church or simple church network in Chile by working alongside business people and their families.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service South America
  • Ministry category Leadership training
Teach English or computer skills to villagers willing to discuss spiritual matters. Native English speakers with at least two years of college in any field are qualified. A TESOL certificate would be helpful.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Central Asia
  • Ministry category Education, Muslim ministry
Contribute to an inner-city church in Halle by assisting in children’s ministry, Sunday worship, immigrant ministry, and/or church building renovation and maintenance.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service Europe
  • Ministry category Health and community development, Muslim ministry
Live in a dorm for university students in Phnom Penh. Teach conversational English, serve as a Christian mentor, and discover ways to serve in this dynamic city.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Southeast Asia
  • Ministry category Discipleship training, Hospitality
Teach various subjects at the Lezha Academic Center, which offers rigorous academics from a biblical worldview in both English and Albanian.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service Europe
  • Ministry category Education
Help with a children’s character development program, and possibly discipleship and mentoring within a rural house church movement. College degree in education preferred.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Southeast Asia
  • Ministry category Discipleship training, Health and community development

Make guests from all over the world feel cared for and welcomed at Amani Gardens Inn (formerly the Mennonite Guesthouse). Help managers stay in touch with the changing needs of guests. Engage with guests during breakfast and dinner; join them for tea when possible. Pastoral gifts, hospitable personality, and international experience desired.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service East Africa
  • Ministry category Business for transformation, Hospitality, International partnerships

Work alongside the parents of a home for orphans to create a nurturing living environment.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service East Africa
  • Ministry category Children at risk, Discipleship training
Disciple local believers in house church or simple church communities in the Andes Mountains. Agricultural work and English teaching are also possible.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service South America
  • Ministry category Discipleship training, Leadership training
Work with various business opportunities in a small, poor country. Help local entrepreneurs and other expatriate Christians think through their business concepts or develop strategic and financial plans; or start your own business.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Central Asia
  • Ministry category Business for transformation, Muslim ministry

The photojournalist will write articles and take related photos to facilitate communication with the North American constituency about EMM's work in the East Africa region.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service East Africa
  • Ministry category Business for transformation, Muslim ministry, Pioneer witness, International partnerships
Provide childcare for two young daughters of long-term workers for one year, beginning summer 2017. Travel with the family, assist with homeschooling, and possibly connect with the local church. Experience in caring for young children and previous cross-cultural experience preferred.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service Southeast Asia
  • Ministry category Education
Assist with administrative duties, and develop and improve the educational program of Bezaleel, a Mennonite boarding school for rural K’ekchi’ youth in grades 7–12. School year starts in January.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Central America
  • Ministry category Education
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Getting started with an EMM assignment

  • Serving with EMM
  • What would I do?
  • Where would I go?
  • How does it happen?
  • Training
  • Service length

We are excited that you are exploring mission and service opportunities with Eastern Mennonite Missions.

EMM strives to help you discern and discover your call to ministry and match it with the opportunities that exist within the EMM community of relationships and partners.

If God is calling you to cross-cultural ministry, we invite you to contact us and begin the discernment process.

At EMM we know that God gifts people very differently so we do not expect everyone to serve in the same way. We expect a person's ministry to line up with their gifts, interests and calling. Your ministry can be built on your expertise and/or interest in teaching, business, hospitality, medicine and other types of ministry.


Explore specific EMM opportunities to fit your interests or training.

EMM has over 146 personnel serving in over 36 countries. We have been involved in many locations for decades. Our experience and history has enabled us to build valuable relationships that enable us to partner effectively with local believers and other mission initiatives.

Discover more about EMM's work in regions around the world.

To begin your journey in ministry with EMM you can do two things:

1 - Contact one of EMM's personnel placement coaches. Both Jimm and Sherrie are trained to help you discern your call to ministry and match you to a specifc location and ministry.

Contact Jimm Derksen if you are interested in a long-term assignment.
Contact Sherrie Ober if you are interested in a Mission internship.

2 - Start the EMM application process.


EMM places a high value on preparation for and continued learning throughout workers' assignments.
Effective training is Christ-centered, transformational, and equips people to become lifelong learners as well as trainers of others.

EMM training focuses on such things as discipleship, character development, servant leadership, mentoring, conflict and stress management, and self-care - in addition to context-specific ministry skills. Training expectations are dependent on mission assignment and term length.

Click here for more details of the training opportunities EMM provides.

EMM has mission and service opportunities for both short-term and long-term service - almost anything from 2 weeks to 4 years.

Click here for an overview of EMM's sending programs. There is something for almost everyone.

If you already know which program best suits you, click on one of these to see what opportunities are available: Kingdom teams | GO! summer| Mission internships | Long-term.