2022 Summer Internships


Some summer internships consist of making copies, getting coffee for the supervisors, and filing documents under fluorescent lights from 8-5. This is not one of those internships. At CIY, our Event Staff (or interns) are an important part of helping us accomplish our mission and as such, they play a critical role in our summer events. In the summer of 2022, the programs of MOVE and MIX will serve over 35,000 students and adult volunteers. We could not do what we do in each of these programs without the help of our Summer Event Staff. Our Event Staff are highly valued and deeply loved by our organization. If you’ve found your way to this page, you are probably thinking about applying for an Event Staff position with one of our summer programs, so below are a few important things to know.


Important Dates

  • Application Due: December 2021
  • Final Selection: January 2022
  • Start Date: May 23, 2022
  • End Date: Either July 29 or August 5, 2022
    *Some programs have a later start date, some end a little earlier…. But these are good guidelines for our dates.


  • Active desire to love, follow, and serve Jesus
  • Willingness to love and serve others  
  • Graduated high school in May 2020 or earlier 
  • College-Aged (between 19-25 years old)
  • Ability to:
    • Work with a team
    • Take Initiative
    • Problem Solve
    • Lead Volunteers
    • Serve Wholeheartedly
    • Perform some Physical Labor


  • This is a paid summer event staff role.
  • Housing is provided during employment dates.
  • Meals are provided while traveling to/from CIY programs. (Event Staff is responsible for their own meals while in Joplin.)
  • Event Staff is responsible for transportation to and from Joplin, MO in correspondence with the start and end dates.
  • All Event Staff will travel to between 5-7 weeks/events, and work in the office when not traveling.

Application Process

Step 1:  Read through the program and job information below to see what you'd like to apply for.

Step 2: Apply Online

*Please note… on the application, there are a few fields asking for Passport info, etc….. YOU WILL NOT BE TRAVELLING INTERNATIONALLY. This section is not relevant to our Event Staff teams - you will not need a passport for your travel this summer, you should skip this section. We do need the information that follows that section about Emergency Contact, Health Information, etc.

Step 3: Provide 3 References (It will be up to you to send this link to three people (non-family) who will serve as a reference for you. These people should be able to give a professional, character, or spiritual reference.)


There are two summer programs: MIX and MOVE. On the application, you can note a preference for program and role.

MIX -  MIX is a four-day summer conference event for sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students. We want to give these students the chance to have fun and enjoy spending time with their peers, while also challenging them with age-appropriate ideas that will help them embrace Christ’s call on their lives to be Kingdom Workers. MIX is their chance to be exactly who they are – to play, listen, and learn as themselves.

MOVE - MOVE is a five-day program for high school students to experience God. Each week includes daily devotional times, nightly worship celebrations, community discipleship, and challenging messages.  Students at MOVE not only learn and worship together but also spend quality time with their church youth group, discovering ways that God will use them to be a greater help to the world.

Job Descriptions

These programs are fast-paced and have a lot of moving parts. To make sure we maximize all of our gifts and abilities, Event Staff are divided up into several different roles for their time at CIY. Each program is a little different so not every role is needed for each program, but each program will have multiple teams of Event Staff that will travel during the summer. You can read more about each of these roles below.

Important Note: All of the roles listed below are traveling positions. Each program requires a different number of Event Staff… as an example, each MOVE team will have 6 Event Staff who will be joined by some of our full-time staff, as well as volunteers to help us run a MOVE event.

  • Hospitality Coordinator (MOVE/MIX)
  • Housing Specialist (MOVE/MIX)
  • Store Manager (MOVE/MIX)
  • Recreation Manager (MOVE only)
  • Stage Manager (MOVE/MIX)
  • Outer Realm Manager (MIX only)

Hospitality Coordinator (MOVE & MIX)

The Hospitality Coordinator needs to be a friendly face who can remember people and information as well as problem-solve. This role will assist our staff with details, and serve youth pastors and students at each event. This person needs to be a “people-person” who can help make our customers’ experience special. Our Customer Service staff also helps lead our volunteers each week. This person will work closely with our full-time staff and the Housing Specialist.

Housing Specialist (MOVE & MIX)

The Housing Specialist needs to be a good problem solver, have great communication skills, be highly organized, have great attention to detail, and be friendly. They will be responsible for housing all event attendees, and will work closely with their onsite CIY staff, and have an integral role in the onsite check-in process. The Housing Specialist of each team really is the first impression of our event and team to our Customers. They will communicate a great deal with our venues and also with youth pastors.

Store Manager (MOVE & MIX)

The Store Manager needs to be friendly and attentive to detail. This role will oversee the setup, operation, and teardown of the onsite store at their events. They will need to be able to manage inventory, train volunteers, and be comfortable (and competent) with the financial side of retail. This person will work closely with our onsite full-time CIY staff and our volunteers.

Recreation Manager (MOVE only)

The Recreation Manager must be energetic and outgoing as their primary role is to facilitate games and activities for large groups of students and adults. This person will need to be flexible and hardworking as they’ll spend most of their time preparing for and running the activity of the day. They will also need to be able to recruit and coordinate volunteers for each day’s element. They’ll work closely with the Program Director and the Program Coordinator to facilitate all recreation at MOVE.

Stage Manager (MOVE & MIX)

The Stage Manager will be a big part of the stage setup and teardown of each event. This person must be attentive to detail, hardworking, and have a servant’s heart. They’ll be responsible for managing the flow on and off stage, and will work closely with all on-stage talent. They will work closely with the onsite Director and Production Manager.

Outer Realm Manager (MIX only)

The Outer Realm Manager will work with the Program Director and the Program Coordinator to administer all recreational activities at MIX. This person must be energetic and outgoing as they will be running games for large groups of students.  This person needs to be flexible and hardworking as they will spend their days in a field preparing the games for students. This person will be responsible for setting up all props, staging, and equipment that goes along with each Outer Realm Game. This person will coordinate volunteers to help run each game, and will also be responsible for tearing down and packing up each game.



If you have any questions about our Summer Event Staff or the application process, please contact Chelsea Jones at chelsea.jones@ciy.com