International Internships

If you spend your summer as a REACH intern you will …

Be challenged, stretched and energized in your walk with God.
Step into a hands-on ministry with experienced CMF teammates.
Learn from new friends who see the world differently than you do.
Discover how God can use your gifts, talents and training in a cross-cultural setting.

God’s world is so much bigger than just your family, friends, campus and church. A REACH internship will help you see the world in a new way and imagine the possibilities!

Photos from the summer

Is REACH right for me?

REACH interns served with CMF team members in nine different areas of the world in 2017: from Germany to Asia, Africa to Mexico, and many points in-between. Their jobs varied widely, but they all worked hard, had adventures, got homesick, and met awesome people. Here are just a few of the hundreds of things they got to do in Jesus’ name on their summer breaks:

  • Participate in home visits to families in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. 
  • Help teach in different grade levels in a Missions of Hope school in the Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Spend time building relationships with college students in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Serve many meals in Germany’s campus ministry as a way to make connections with people.
  • Go on a retreat with college students in Germany.
  • Sing and dance with migrant children during VBS in Asia.
  • Travel to various development centers in India to help national staff, building relationships with the children at each center.
  • Help plan and lead VBS and youth camps for children and families in Mexico.
  • Work with the local church and youth in Rugby, England, to plan events and build relationships.
  • Work alongside Ethiopians at Strong Hearts Academy in Addis Ababa.
  • Support and encourage local pastors in Malawi.

Along the way they also rode elephants, went on safari, navigated the streets of big cities and tiny villages, lived in homes with national families, learned to cook over open fires, took bucket baths, battled heat, strange insects, exhaustion and interesting cuisine, and stretched themselves in ways they had never dreamed of. Sound like fun? They thought so. Check out your options for summer 20178! Come join us for REACH!

Reach FAQs

Q: What is REACH?

A: REACH is an eight-week summer internship experience for young people who are considering missionary service. Teams of interns travel to countries where experienced CMF team members live and work and join them in hands-on field ministry.

Q: What is the schedule for 2018?

A: May 31 – August 4, 2018
Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in Indianapolis: May 31 – June 5, 2018
On the field: June 6 – July 31
Debrief: August 1 – August 4

Q: Where can I serve in 2018?

Mexico (Mexico City): Interns will serve in urban ministries among the poor and middle class, focusing on VBS, teaching English, working with youth in the church, and other team ministry.

Mexico (Fuego Nuevo): Interns will serve in urban ministries among the poor and middle class, focusing on VBS, teaching English, working with youth in the Church and among the unreached, and other team ministry aiming at community development.

Tubingen, Germany: In this Globalscope campus ministry, interns will build relationships with German students, help with meals and events, be a part of one-on-one Bible study and leadership groups, and assist the team with various campus ministry activities.

Bangkok,Thailand: Interns will be a part of a dynamic campus ministry called the Grapevine, located on the campus of Thammasat University. Grapevine uses relational evangelism to reach Buddhist Thai students, providing them with authentic community and acceptance. Be involved in all the Grapevine events (Souper Tuesday, Bible studies, sports outreach, teaching English, music, parties, and community outreach).

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Our team has begun a new outreach ministry into under-served communities in the city with a goal of bringing the Buddhist poor into God’s Kingdom. Potential ministry opportunities include teaching English, discipleship, community development and teaching children with special needs.

Asia: Our team plans several summer English camps that reach out to migrant children in this large urban area. Interns who have a desire to teach and a passion for children will have the opportunity to help with these English camps, lead VBS programs in the local church, and build relationships with college students and young professionals.

India: CMF’s partnership with Asian Partners International began accepting interns in 2017. Ministry opportunities may include teaching ESL and/or computer skills, taking care of infants at an adoption center, working with street children, or coaching/working with young people in a sports ministry. Interns will stay on a ministry compound, with a national family.

Southeast Asia: Interns will serve in this predominately Muslim country focusing on village outreach and building relationships with college students at a local university through campus ministry efforts.

Nairobi, Kenya: Interns will work in the slums of Mathare Valley through a variety of ministries: Community Health Evangelism, business development, spiritual development and education. Interns will work with the national staff, bringing hope and transformation to this slum community.

Turkana, Kenya (Water Projects): Interns will focus on digging wells to provide clean water for people who have never had their own water sources. They’ll also help teach Bible studies to church leaders and members of the drill crew. The majority of the interns’ time will be spent working alongside Turkana nationals.

Turkana, Kenya: Interns will serve in a variety of areas that our church planting team focuses on. They will help teach ESL and Bible classes, assist in women’s ministry, lead VBS, and work in the child sponsorship program. Interns will spend time in town and out in rural bush areas.

Abengourou, Ivory Coast: Interns will partner with CMF missionaries and Ivorian nationals to minister to Djoula-speaking Muslims. CMF’s team in Ivory Coast works in the areas of church planting, leadership training, medical care, and Muslim evangelism. Interns will serve in a medical clinic that reaches those affected by HIV/AIDS, use Community Health Evangelism in the city and surrounding villages, and help lead English classes for national staff.

Q: How old do I need to be to participate in REACH?

A: You must complete at least your freshman year of college before beginning your internship. Apply by December 15, 2017.

Q: Is this a paid internship?

A: No, but we will assist you in raising your own support and provide tax-exempt receipts from CMF for your donors. The cost of your internship depends on your field of service.

Q: What other services does CMF provide for its interns?

A: CMF will assist you with passport and visa procurement, travel arrangements, medical requirements and packing.

Q: Will I receive any training before I leave?

A: CMF provides extensive training through a required six-day Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in Indianapolis. Interns learn skills in team building, language learning, cross-cultural adaptation, and building relationships, and receive spiritual preparation and specific pre-field training.

Q: Who will supervise my activities on the field?

A: You’ll receive guidance and oversight on the field from veteran CMF team members and their partners.

Q: My parents have a lot of questions about REACH. Where can they find some more information?

A: In addition to this page, ask your parents to look at our parents’comment page for further information.

Q: What happens when I return to the US after my internship?

A: Before you return home, you’ll complete your internship with a three-day Debrief that will prepare you for re-entry and help you process, maximize and bring closure to your mission experience.