International Internships

May 21 – July 25, 2020


Your worldview

When you journey with God, you are taking steps into a bigger universe! Join the team that has been sending REACH interns abroad since 1992 and you will expand your understanding of different cultures, countries and ministry opportunities.

Your heart

A REACH internship gives you the opportunity to connect with students your age from across the U.S., and people of all ages from around the world! As you share your stories, these new relationships will deepen and expand your love and compassion for others and shape both their lives and the story of your life.

Your faith

God is bigger than you can even imagine! Your internship will teach you the ways He is already working to accomplish His mission and how you can play your part in that Great Story.


• Internships are for college students and young adults, typically ages 18-30. You must complete at least your freshman year of college before the internship.

• Apply by Nov. 19, 2018, for an early bird discount and save $250 off your international internship! Interns must complete each stage of the application process and be accepted to receive the discount.

• Final application deadline is Jan. 1, 2020. Apply at

• Raise funds for your internship. The average cost is $4,500–$6,000 per person.

Important Dates

Pre-Departure Orientation in Indianapolis: May 21–26, 2020

On the field: May 27–July 18, 2020

Debrief: July 19–25, 2020

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?

For over 25 years, REACH interns have served with CMF team members in many different areas of the world, from Germany to Asia, Africa to Mexico, and many points in-between. Their jobs varied widely, but they all worked hard, had adventures, faced many challenges, and developed lifelong relationships. You are invited to participate in REACH 2019 and experience what God is doing across the world. Here are just a few of the hundreds of things you might get to do to serve God’s Kingdom across the world next summer :

  • Participate in home visits to families in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Help teach English to students in major urban areas in Asia.
  • Spend time building relationships with college students in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Help plan events in Germany’s university campus ministry to connect students with Jesus.
  • Sing and dance with migrant children during VBS in Asia.
  • Work with special needs children in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • 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.
  • Use media and music to serve churches in Mexico City.
  • Work in a clinic and use medical training in the slums of Nairobi.

Along the way you might find yourself riding an elephant, on a safari, navigating the streets of big cities and tiny villages, living in homes with national families, learning to cook over open fires, climbing mountains, praying with and for other Christians, using your skills to point others to Jesus, and so much more. Check out your options for summer 2019! Come join us for REACH!

Reach FAQs

Q: What is REACH?

A: REACH is an eight-week summer internship experience for young adults. 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 2020?

A: May 21 – July 25, 2020
Pre-Departure Orientation in Indianapolis: May 21–26, 2020
On the field: May 27–July 18, 2020
Debrief: July 19–25, 2020

Q: Where can I serve in 2020?

Country 2, Asia: Interns’ opportunities to serve 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.

Country 3, Asia: Interns will work in a Muslim-majority country, helping with community health projects, teaching at-risk children in a school, working in urban slums and being involved in a skills development program.

New York City: Interns who choose this new opportunity will be part of a cutting-edge training program for making disciples among the immigrant populations of major international cities. Interns will get hands-on experience in sharing Christ with people from around the world with CMF’s partner organization, Global City Mission Initiative.

Tübingen, Germany: In this international university 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. Interns will also have opportunities to travel and experience German college life while using their unique skills to reach out to college students.

Erlangen, Germany: Interns will help to build and grow this new and developing university campus ministry. They will be tasked with finding new ways to reach out to students and engage with the culture, and be encouraged to use any skills they have — music, sports, media, etc. — to reach college students with the love of Christ.

Abengourou, Ivory Coast: Interns could serve with the child sponsorship program, at the clinic’s various ministries, work with Community Health Evangelism (CHE) programs started in various villages and serve in church planting and discipleship work with the village churches. Interns can also use their computer knowledge to work with the child sponsorship program.

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: Interns could serve in any capacity, from digital media and micro-finance, to youth ministry, leadership development and disciple-making. Turkana is an underdeveloped, sub-Saharan desert region. Interns will partner with, equip and catalyze a network of national Kenyan churches with a ministry that is both pioneering brand new programs and rekindling the missional edge of budding Kenyan churches and believers.

Puebla or Mexico City, Mexico: Interns will serve in one of three locations in urban ministries among the poor and middle class, focusing on VBS, teaching English, working with youth in the church and other team ministry. Interns will spend significant time working with children, leading VBS and day camps. They will also have opportunities to teach English and be involved in outreach ministry. Interns with art and computer skills are especially needed to help local churches.

Bangkok, Thailand: Interns will serve in this dynamic, urban, international campus ministry by using their skills to meet new students and help build up the community. Interns will help with leading small groups, playing in the worship band, cooking for the Bible study, teaching, sharing life with college students and more.

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Interns will spend the majority of their time at Hope Home, a care facility for disabled children, so they must have experience with or a passion for working with special needs children. Tasks will include helping with the education program, physical therapy and many other activities. Interns will also be involved in teaching English at the local juvenile detention center one day per week.

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

A: Internships are for college students and young adults, typically ages 18-30. You must complete at least your freshman year of college before the internship.

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. Raise funds for your internship. The average cost is $4,500–$6,000 per person.

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.


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