Internship Opportunities

101 Membership Intern

This internship is designed for those who are pursuing full-time vocational pastoral ministry and desire a hands-on learning environment and coaching in leadership.  Gain training in a broad spectrum of pastoral ministry in the church, including teaching on church mission, vision, and membership, baptism, crisis counseling, exposure to guiding members in biblical conflict resolution, exposure to learning how to equip support group leaders and lay counselors (including pre-marital counselors), hospital visitation, learn how to coordinate and develop volunteers in ministry and leadership, and engage in compassionate community outreach. 

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20s/30s Community Internship

Learn to live and lead with purpose through Saddleback's 20s/30s Community, a ministry that offers programs for men, women, couples, and singles all designed with the intent to help them connect to a healthy small group community to grow together, support one another, and share life together.  Our interns develop and demonstrate skills for worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.  Planning and facilitating worship gatherings, baptism, communion; leading an effective assimilation process and healthy small group ministry, communicating for life change and running an effective spiritual growth pathway, managing a process to recruit, develop, and care for volunteers; and mobilizing volunteers for PEACE initiatives are some of the experiences this internship provides.  In addition, our interns develop and demonstrate skills in Spiritual Disciplines, Servant Leadership, Pastoral Care, Staff Relationships, and Social Media.

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3D Modeler & Animator Internship

Saddleback's global online campus is looking for 3D artists to create a series of mind-blowing videos.  You'll gain experience working with a team of gifted visual creatives, scriptwriters, pastors, and next-gen site builders to create a never-before-seen online outreach experience.  Learn to produce assets rapidly and efficiently in a dynamic team setting.  Grow in your skills and knowledge in storyboarding, modeling, animating, rendering and editing, and more.  We're looking for a seasonal intern with full-time hours.

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Art Ministry Internship

Fine arts majors or current college students will grow through an internship at Saddleback with Ex Creatis, Saddleback's community-focused arts initiative with the goal of transforming community through creativity.  An Ex Creatis intern will gain experience with designing and creating projects for the art studio, assisting with installations and interactive art pieces, engaging in social justice issues through art, gaining experience with event planning and coordinating, expand our reach through marketing and social media, and discover how to incorporate art into helping breathe life into our ministry's members.  Be part of a movement using art as a vehicle to love and connect with people and with God!

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AVL Technician Internship

This internship is ideal for candidates considering entering the field of live production in the diverse areas of audio, lighting, video, stage management and stage craft.  Interns will work side by side with the Saddleback Production staff and volunteers to provide live production technology services to events in a fast-paced environment with an emphasis to provide second mile service (Matthew 5:41-42).  Candidates who will find the best fit in this role can grasp technical terms explained and defined, thrive working both in team environments and independently, are able to follow instructions and retain large amounts of data over time, learn quickly, and have a heart to serve people with sacrificial love.  Learn sonic mix theory, train in non-live events using digital sound checking technology and mix live events of various levels and dynamics around the Saddleback campus.  Gain experience in troubleshooting in the fields of audio, lighting, and video.  Help design, create, troubleshoot, and operate graphic presentations, learn the process and procedure on planning, and gain experience working with Saddleback staff and volunteers.

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Children's Ministry Internship

Gain hands-on experience observing and practicing ministry skills with the Saddleback Kids Children's Ministry (Birth through Age 12). This internship includes learning the Saddleback Kids (SK) New Leader Process:  screening, recruiting, interviewing, training and developing quality volunteers.  You'll work with the staff overseeing, implementing, and creating age appropriate interactive activities, crafts, and programs that help to reinforce the curriculum provided by SK.  You'll also help prepare the age-appropriate classrooms for weekend and Wednesday night services as well as special events for children/families.  Responsibilities also may include: shadowing staff and volunteer coaches, leading children's classes, assisting in writing curriculum, observing baptism and Child Dedication Classes, learning how the staff recruits, equips and encourages volunteers; and some interaction with parents. 

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College Ministry Internship

A College Ministry internship is designed for current college students who are seeking hands-on ministry experience with Saddleback Church's Student Ministries Team.  They'll assist in facilitating life groups and running Thursday night college-age gatherings and Sunday Night Service after-events to build community, help with social media and promoting events, help mobilize college students by helping them plug into serving opportunities, assist in discipleship events and retreats, and contribute to the planning, programming, and facilitating of our college ministry.  Most importantly, they'll build relationships with students who are seeking to grow in their relationship with Jesus.  Learn more about CM at saddlebackcm.com.

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Communications Internship

This internship is geared toward Communications majors (current college students) who seek hands-on experience with creating promotional schedules, building and managing client relationships, learning communications strategies across different channels, understanding promotional campaign reporting, and assisting with volunteer management in a dynamic ministry setting. (This internship is for current college students only.) 

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Graphic Design Internship

This internship is designed for college juniors or seniors who are majoring in a visual communication design or graphic design program.  Gain hands-on experience with layouts and design for print, web, and interactive projects and communicate directly with clients as you work from concept to completion on designs.  Applicants need to be comfortable working with Adobe programs, Microsoft Office, and Google Apps; have good oral and written communication skills, and be organized and detail-oriented.  If you have an online portfolio, please include the link in your application. (This internship is for current college students only.) 

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Guest Services/Weekend Experience Internship

The Weekend Experience Internship is ideal for anyone seeking to be a pastor or part of a church launch, or is seeking experience with coordinating and training volunteers.  This internship involves creating an amazing experience during our weekend services through our environment (look and feel) and our volunteers (Guest Services), and learning the processes and strategies that Saddleback uses to meet these goals.  Our hearts desire is to ensure every guest has a positive and welcoming experience from the parking lot to the Worship Center.   You will learn why it's important to have an appealing, clean, organized, safe, and well-marked campus.  You will also learn how to lead, train, appreciate, love on, and work with a team of volunteers.  Understand the value and importance of why we focus on the experience for each guest here at Saddleback Church.  We never want anything to get in the way of them hearing God word before they walk into the Worship Center to hear the message!

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High School Ministry Internship

Training and coaching will make for a season of ministry experience you will value for your entire career as an intern with HSM. Our goal is that you look back on your time in HSM with fond memories where you learned the basics of ministry, understood a youth ministry philosophy and learned how to work effectively with a team. HSM interns will shadow, co-lead, and help run events and programs, as well as actively coach, mentor, and on-board volunteers.  To learn more about HSM, visit www.highschoolministry.com. 

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HIV/AIDS Initiative Internship

You can make a difference for those affected and infected with HIV&AIDS through an internship with Saddleback Church’s HIV&AIDS Initiative. In this internship you will learn how the local church is the hope for the 35 million people living with HIV around the globe. Serving with staff and members, interns will learn how the local church can take a leading role in ending AIDS by caring for the sick, unleashing a volunteer labor force, handling testing, removing stigma, championing healthy behavior, and helping with medication. Interns learn hands-on in every facet of ministry and come away with tools to serve in ministry.

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Junior High Ministry Internship

Interning with Wildside will give you a taste of everything Saddleback does in our Junior High Ministry, from helping plan events like Summer Camp to running weekly lunch Bible studies. Wildside will fully expose you to every aspect of youth ministry at Saddleback.  In addition to events, you will be involved with helping run weekend services, learn how to work on a team in a big church, mentor students as you challenge them in their spiritual growth, lead a small group of junior highers each week, and get one-on-one training on how to be the best youth worker possible.  To learn more about our ministry, visit our website at wildsidejh.com.

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Library Internship

This unique internship is a hands-on learning opportunity in Pastor Rick’s Library and is ideal for students that are in seminary or undergrads studying theology or library science. You’ll gain experience with cataloguing, organizing, shelving, and digital projects, as well as serving with volunteers. Gain a unique perspective into the behind-the-scenes world of ministry in the office in Rancho Santa Margarita. Book lovers and theology lovers would be a perfect fit for this internship!

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Marketing Internship

This internship is geared toward Marketing majors (current college students) who seek hands-on experience with creating and executing effective marketing strategies through 26 promotional channels. Interns can expect to learn how to build promotional schedules, cultivate and manage client relationships, learn and create communications strategies across a variety of channels, as well as create promotional campaign reports.  Marketing interns will directly interact with various communications teams such as the Art department, Social Media, Editorial, and Print and Production. This internship will provide a comprehensive and holistic experience of the marketing profession.  In addition, interns will grow their volunteer management skills while working alongside marketing professionals and local ministries. The Marketing Ministry at Saddleback Church has over 100 members and helps provide support to over 300 church ministries. (This internship is for current college students only.) 

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Men's Ministry Internship

This internship is ideal for college students and graduates looking for opportunities to learn about Men's Ministry organization and delivery. You will learn about how men are ministered to within Saddleback: the theology, methodology, and developmental pathways. You will discover the context for men's ministry, leadership development, support structure, delivery systems and coaching. You will also learn how to mobilize and encourage volunteers in a dynamic ministry setting.  You'll benefit from a great experience with our Men's Ministry Team, church members, support staff and others as you contribute to promoting the ministry to our church family and the community. 

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Missions/Global PEACE Internship

Our Global PEACE summer internship is ideal for college students looking to make a global impact for Jesus Christ. Our interns will learn what sustainable and reproducible life change looks like in local communities around the world. PEACE interns help create curriculum, meet with pastoral candidates, manage databases, network with existing churches, work with members, support staff with administrative responsibilities, and help promote PEACE to our church family.  They will need to be able to work with pastors around the globe and be passionate about helping Saddleback's global church planting efforts.

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Office of the Pastor Internship

Serve with the Office of the Pastor Team in a dynamic, high capacity setting as the team serves Pastor Rick and the entire church!  Work on special projects, assist with staff meetings and special events (examples are the O.C. Business Summit, Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, other conferences), gain experience with researching churches, connecting with pastors, helping facilitate pastors training events at the Rancho Capistrano campus, improving your administrative and relational skills, and more.

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Orphan Care Internship

In Saddleback Church’s Orphan Care Internship, we will show you how to end the orphan crisis through the local church! You will have the opportunity to learn what an effective orphan care ministry looks like locally and globally. Serve side by side with staff and members as we help children remain in family, reunite with family, and regain a family through adoption. Interns gain a range of experience in every aspect of the ministry, including serving with churches in Rwanda as they work to close every orphanage in Rwanda by finding families for over 3,000 children.

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Pastors Training Intern

Serve with the Office of the Pastor Team as we host pastors from all over the world who visit Saddleback Church to receive Purpose-Driven training.  Gain experience working on a dynamic team as we consider the hospitality and logistical needs for pastors' training conferences at our Rancho Capistrano campus, and strategize how to best meet those needs.  Learn how to empower and serve alongside volunteers at the Ranch, meet and encourage conferences guests, and develop event planning skills that you'll be able to utilize in any career field. 

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Property Development Internship

This internship is geared toward college juniors or seniors or grad students working on degrees in Construction Management, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering or equivalent.  They must be competent in Microsoft Word and Excel; Project and AutoCad experience would be a plus.  Gain experience and training with assisting in managing multiple construction projects on Saddleback's main and regional campuses, learn to prepare and maintain project schedules, gain insight through field inspections, and help ensure that project milestones and completion dates are met.  Learn to work collaboratively, identify, analyze, manage and resolve project issues; and build relational and multi-tasking skills.

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Retreats Internship

Gain practical experience with event planning as a part-time or full-time intern at Saddleback's Rancho Capistrano campus.  Learn how to coordinate, minister to, and train retreat volunteers; experience incorporating the spiritual disciplines into the practice of a retreat, and grow in the ministry of hospitality (what does it mean to really make one feel welcome?).  Interning for the Retreat Ministry will involve learning all the behind the scenes skills needed to facilitate a Saddleback retreat, including assisting with set up, registrations, caring for volunteers, and more.  For more information on the Retreat Ministry, visit http://saddleback.com/aboutsaddleback/retreatcenter/

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Script/Curriculum Writing Intern

Serve alongside Saddleback's Spiritual Maturity Team as you cultivate your passion for communicating through writing.  You'll be part of producing small group curriculum for thousands of small groups to help them grow in relationships, discipleship, ministry, worship, and evangelism.  Gain experience in writing and editing teaching scripts, creating study guides and devotionals, and learn about marketing and outreach materials for Saddleback's online campus.  Solid writing skills, an ability to apply practical principles to the Christian life, and a growing relationship with God are important to this role.

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Social Media Internship

The Social Media Internship requires skill and competence in writing, communication, marketing, public speaking, social platforms, and a knowledge of Saddleback Church. During this internship, you will learn all about Saddleback Church's Social Media Strategy and Guidelines and work towards implementing them within the church and across social channels. This internship provides a unique opportunity to work alongside Saddleback's Marketing, Storytelling, Web and Design teams and help speak into future social campaigns. This is a great opportunity to take what you've learned here and apply it toward a possible future career in Social Media. (This internship is for current college students only.) 

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Spiritual Maturity Team Internship

The Spiritual Maturity Team cares for more than 8,000 small groups at Saddleback.  Interns gain experience helping care of a handful of small groups, which provides an opportunity for hands-on ministry to our small group leaders through training, encouraging, and answering questions.  The Spiritual Maturity Team also oversees several affinitiesgroups of people who share an interest like fitness (The Daniel Plan), singles, men's ministries, women's ministries, young marrieds, language groups, etc.  Interns who are interested in these areas can be involved in helping to lead these ministries.  Also gain experience with our online campus, including training and marketing.  Curriculum development is another possibility on our team, and involves learning how to write, direct, film, edit, and more.

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Storytelling Internship

This internship is for Journalism and English majors (current college students) who want hands-on, real-world experience.  Hone your skills by writing human interest stories for our blog, ad copy for our bulletin and website, and do any research or interviewing necessary to generate content.  Writing interns receive weekly assignments, gain experience in working in a fast-paced agency-style setting, learn what it looks like to work for a church, receive weekly feedback on writing, and have the opportunity for their work to be published to our bulletin and website.  This is a great opportunity to start or fill a portfolio, to become a stronger communicator, and learn what it looks like to work with Marketing, Art, and Production teams to publish content. (This internship is for current college students only.) 

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Student Worship Arts Internship

Being a Worship Arts intern with Saddleback Student Ministries isn't just about music, but about building relationships and being a role model to the students you serve. It is about learning to demonstrate worship pastoring - not just worship leading - by caring for students and living a God-honoring life on and off stage. Some typical responsibilities include running band practices and choir rehearsals, leading worship at services, leading a life group, shepherding students as they learn to be worship leaders, developing your own gifts (vocally or instrumentally), writing worship songs, and more.  Not only does the internship help you develop your skills and talents, but it also gives you a chance to be engulfed in ministry and discover more of who God has created you to be.

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Translations Team Intern

Learn the fascinating operations of the Translations Ministry at Saddleback Church. Join in the experience of international conference calls with Saddleback’s global campus teams where you’ll be able to listen and speak into current translation projects. Develop cross-cultural sensitivity as you take part in daily connections with our translators and ministry directors. Good English skills as well as computer proficiency (Mac) are required for this internship, as well as an interest in intercultural studies, mission, and international ministry. This internship works in direct collaboration with marketing and graphic arts as a part of the Communications Team. Develop your communications skills and travel the world via a translations internship…no passport required! (This internship is for current college students only.) 

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Video Production Team Internship

This internship is geared toward Film majors (current college students) who seek hands-on experience with all areas of film production.  An intern with our Video Production Team will learn everything about live and pre-produced video and broadcast production, continue to develop their skills in Final Cut 7 and Photoshop, serve and interact with volunteers in a dynamic ministry setting, and be exposed to learning computer graphics programs like Pro Presenter and Deko.

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Video Production Intern (pre-production, shooting, editing)

Serve alongside Saddleback's Spiritual Maturity Team as you develop your passion for all aspects of video production.  This internship will potentially include 2-3 different productions and involve pre-production, shooting, and post-production work in conjunction with our video and creative teams, as well as outside contractors. 

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Web Design Internship

This internship is designed to give graphic and web design majors real world experience in the areas of interface design, brand identity, ad design, CSS, and Javascript development.  Work, learn, and collaborate on projects with graphic and web design professionals.  You'll see your design and/or development efforts utilized by real users of our many traffics web properties.  A well-equipped intern will have some experience in either the Adobe suite of products, or CSS, HTML, and Javascript. (This internship is for current college students only.) 

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Women's Ministry Internship

Saddleback's Women's Ministry exists to deepen our relationships with God and other women.  This internship is a comprehensive and collaborative learning environment that mobilizes interns to live and lead with purpose. Our interns develop and demonstrate skills for worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.  Learn our strategy in organizing weekly meetings, events and service opportunities designed to encourage spiritual growth.  Planning and facilitating women's ministry gatherings, leading an effective assimilation process and healthy small group ministry, communicating for life change, and running an effective spiritual growth pathway, managing a process to recruit, develop, and care for volunteers; and mobilizing volunteers for PEACE initiatives are some of the experiences this internship provides.  In addition, our interns develop and demonstrate skills in Spiritual Disciplines, Servant Leadership, Pastoral Care, Staff Relationships, and Social Media. 

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Worship Arts Internship

Gain experience in a variety of roles as you practice under the mentorship of a Worship Arts Team staff member while concentrating on observation of, participation in, and leadership of various worship ministries of Saddleback Church.  Gain experience with preparing and helping execute plans for weekly choir, vocal team, and worship band rehearsals and develop a working knowledge and understanding of biblical worship principles and worship planning and design in order to effectively apply these principles in various congregational and cultural contexts.  Grow in your knowledge of music notation software, visual medial tools, lighting equipment, production, and sound system basics, and learn about long-range planning, facility/equipment scheduling and maintenance, copyright issues, music product resources, event promotion, and people management. This internship is designed to equip interns for future health and leadership at a church that is effectively reaching its community for Christ. 

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Food Pantry Internship

Be part of Saddleback's mission to give people hope, purpose, and food through an internship with the Saddleback Food Pantry. There are nearly 456,000 people at risk for hunger every month in Orange County. Hunger touches people of every age, race, ethnic group, and neighborhood. College students interning with the Food Pantry will have a life-changing experience serving families in need in our community. Interns will help equip and empower volunteers and learn how to determine inventory and anticipate what's needed to serve families. Head out into the community to support our mobile food pantries at Saddleback's regional campuses. Assist with shopping in the pantry with families and praying for them. Experience the power of prayer, see what it means to connect families with resources for a hand up rather than a hand out, grow our volunteers, and develop spiritually and personally as you meaningfully contribute to others' lives.