Departments

Although interns work together for a few activities and events, found under the Program Outline page, most of your time will be dedicated to your specific division of the church. Here are all of the departments to choose from and a little about what some of your responsibilities might be.

social justice

Interns will be immersed in Northland’s ministries that interact heavily with social justice issues within the community.  Three ministry opportunities are available for interns to get involved with: the LifeHope Benevolence Ministry, the Prison and Jail Transition Ministry, and the 121Hope Anti Human Trafficking Ministry.  Each area of ministry will challenge interns in their approach to social justice issues and help shape their view of the church’s role in caring for others.  Interns will assist with administrative tasks, volunteer organization, communications, and event preparation.  Interns will gain a better understanding of various topics, including human trafficking issues, the criminal justice system, and poverty.

Questions about this department?
Contact Jamila Millette

student ministries

Interns will be involved in planning and executing events for middle school and high school students on a weekly basis throughout the summer. They will have opportunities to practice skills in interpersonal communication through teaching/preaching and facilitating small group discussions.  Opportunities for curriculum development and writing are also available.  They will also learn and understand how student ministries is integrated into the philosophy of the distributed church. Interns will cultivate a personal philosophy of ministry within a team and have opportunities to develop relationships with students and families.

Questions about this department?
Contact Jenna Blankespoor

Children's ministries

Interns will have the opportunity to participate in various aspects of children’s’ ministries, including classroom experience with children of all ages (including children with disabilities), designing/leading children’s worship, weekday preparation of classrooms, organizing volunteer efforts, event preparation, and supporting families.   Curriculum development and writing opportunities are also available. Opportunities to learn about children’s learning styles and development will coincide with serving families, children, staff, and volunteers.  The goal is to provide a place where children can experience God’s love and grow in faith.

Questions about this department?
Contact Debbie Blahnik

 

worship

Interns will become an integral part of Northland’s music worship department, contributing their musical gifts and talents on a weekly basis.  Time will be divided between planning meetings, rehearsals, and weekend services.  All involvement will have an emphasis on worship philosophy and theology within a local church body, being the “voice” of the congregation, and the technical workings of a modern worship environment. Northland is a community with a blended worship styling. Live worship services can be viewed at Northland's website. 

Questions about this department?
Contact Pete Geiger

special needs ministries

Interns will support Northland's growing and vibrant community of families and individuals living with disabilities through the Access Ministries department. The goal is to provide a place to experience God’s love, grow in faith and welcome everyone into Kingdom work. Opportunities include (but are not limited to) working with children and adults with disabilities, preparing for respite events, learning how to manage relationships with parents, participating in support groups for siblings and parents, and learning what resources are available and how to connect those in need to those resources.

Questions about this department?
Contact Heather Subbert

technical arts - Lighting

An intern will join a team of professionals supporting the technical needs of the worship services at Northland in the area of lighting. They will participate in technical planning, setup and execution of five worship services per weekend plus rehearsals, special events, and routine maintenance and repair.

Questions about this department?
Contact Brent Allan

 

global missions

Interns will be exposed to Northland's approach to international ministry.  They will  have the opportunity to learn about church planting, as well as learn more about the church's role in partnering with various organizations, NGOs, and international workers.  Opportunities for involvement include (but are not limited to) social media promotion, blogging/storytelling, visiting local organizations like Wycliffe and Cru, and interacting with the congregation to promote awareness and involvement.

Questions about this department?
Contact Sarah Mattingly

public relations/communications

Interns will be a part of connecting and informing Northland's global congregation of 20,000+ with communications, marketing, customer relationship, and PR needs. Learn about internal and external communications, interviewing and storytelling, marketing and advertising, web content curation, copy editing, public and media relations, email marketing and communications, CRM systems, social media monitoring and engagement. The goal of all of this is to draw people to Jesus and be salt and light to a watching world.

Questions about this department?         Contact Olivia Blase

web design

Interns will operate in a production-oriented environment, delivering design, front-end or application support to ongoing projects. They will have the opportunity to learn technology and design best practices, as well as to see the impact that both have on day-to-day ministry. Depending on skills and background, interns can invest more heavily in either the design or programming efforts.  Other duties will include daily team meetings and interacting with other departments by offering expertise to their efforts.

Questions about this department?
Contact Nathan Clark

 

Children's curriculum Development

Interns will learn Northland’s approach to writing global, adaptable curriculum for children. They will have opportunities to write, edit and contribute to various projects. Interns will see the curriculum in action by assisting in the classroom, teaching the curriculum to children, preparing classrooms for teachers, and more. They will be responsible for producing one equipping related project from beginning to end.

Questions about this department?         Contact Eleanor Tracey

 

COLLEGE AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY

Interns will establish and execute a summer ministry for local college students. This program will be centered around a distributed church gathering, contact work in the community, and large gathering experiences. The interns in this department will also dive into Northland's theology and understanding of how the church is active in the world. Opportunities will be provided for curriculum development, teaching/preaching, engaging the city on mission, and theological reflection. Interns will leave the internship with a developing theology of the church, a philosophy of ministry, and new skills for life and work. This internship is for Juniors and Seniors only. 

Questions about this department?  
Contact Jeremy Penn 

TECHNICAL ARTS - Video

An intern will join a team of professionals supporting the technical needs of the worship services at Northland.The video internship includes aspects of live and post production.  In live production, students refine skills pertaining to camera, switching, shading, content and directing. Post production includes studio shoots, on location shoots, editing and encoding. Interns will participate in technical planning, setup and execution of five worship services per weekend, plus rehearsals, special events, and routine maintenance and repair.

Questions about this department?         Contact Fernanda Salviano

TECHNICAL ARTS - Sound Production

An intern will join a team of professionals supporting the technical needs of the worship services at Northland in the area of sound productionThey will participate in technical planning, setup and execution of five worship services per weekend plus rehearsals, special events, and routine maintenance and repair.

Questions about this department?        Contact Steve Groves