ODM Internship Program
Want to learn the ropes of ministry in the city while being immersed in urban community? Intern at ODM!
The purpose of the Open Door internship program is to cultivate leaders in urban ministry settings. Our hope is for interns to gain practical vocational experience through their specific ministry internship, fulfill school internship requirement as needed, and experience an urban environment through group discussions and hands-on activities. We offer 11 week summer internships and 8 – 12 week internships in the fall and spring.
To apply for an internship or to learn more, email Laura Stokes or call 303-975-0101.
Interns may choose to work in one or more of the following ministry opportunities:
Still Waters Housing - Females only. Includes dinners with residents, assisting with day-to-day activities, informal relationships with residents, role-modeling healthy behaviors/relationships, coordinating events, and prayer. All houses have residents dealing with past and/or current trauma, addictions, mental illness, and homelessness.
Urban Immersion (Summer only, Includes Stipend) - Intern will lead groups visiting for short-term trips to Open Door. Intern will coordinate group activities and lead teams as they learn about urban ministry through city experiences, service projects, and interacting with our community.
Learning Center - Intern works in our Preschool and/or Elementary Program. Kids range in age from 3 to 12. Internship includes teaching lessons, informal time with kids, going on field trips, food prep, food shopping, opportunities for evangelism and discipleship, and learning about the inner workings of an urban childcare center.
Family Room - Intern will be on the front lines of ODM, interacting with our homeless and transient community, assisting with receptionist responsibilities, and resource gathering for ODM's community outreach.
Street2Life - Intern will help manage operations of the print shop: ensuring client orders are fulfilled, performing quality control, utilizing manual print press, doing life-on-life discipleship with our employees who are coming out of homelessness, addiction, and incarceration. Previous screen printing experience not required; intern may assist with graphic design if qualified.
Non-Profit Management - Intern works in the ODM office alongside the Executive Team (administration, grant writing and fundraising). Duties include administrative tasks, grant writing, volunteer management, ministry and project oversight, event planning, statistics, and more.
Youth - Intern works with our urban youth program (6th - 12th grade). Internship includes informal time with kids, going on day trips, one-on-one discipleship, food shopping and prep, overnight camps, relationship building, leading various youth activities and outreaches, and learning about an established youth ministry.
Church Planting - Serve with a new multi-ethnic, multi-lingual church in a low income, predominantly Hispanic community of urban Denver. Possibilities include outreach, small groups, worship, youth, millennials, preaching, church administration, community development, and more. Intern could be full or part time.
Worship - Intern works with Open Door Fellowship or Westside Church Internacional in leading the worship services, building the volunteer team, and understanding the workings of an inner-city church. *This is a part-time internship and can be in combination with another ministry.
For more information, email Laura Stokes or call 303-975-0101.
Quotes from our 2019 Summer Interns:
“ODM has become my home in such a short amount of time. The Lord has softened my heart in order to serve His people and enter into the poverty and joy of people experiencing true suffering. He is truly present here.” - Abbey D
“I loved getting to be an intern at SWH this summer. I learned how to build relationships with people who have very different backgrounds from me. I learned how to live in community. I learned how to persevere and have healthy communication skills. I loved being an intern.” - Olivia A.
“I walked in as an intern, and walked out feeling like a part of the ODM family. The people I met, from co-workers to those I served, changed my life in the best way possible. I grew in confidence, leadership, and love for others, but most importantly in my faith with Christ. Blessings upon blessings is what this internship gave me. I am going back to school with a big piece of my heart left here in Denver.” - Jennifer O.
“The internship provided perspective and experience in all areas of ministry. Hands-on discipling, behind-the-scenes learning, and a lot of useful and sweet moments.” - Jane L.
“The community is very close and I was instantly plugged in. This internship taught me to learn a new skills while hoping to keep the quality of the previous work.” - Elijah D.
“The Urban Immersion internship was better than I could have hoped, and the supervisors were awesome! This internship will stretch you and make you grow, and you will experience conflict, but if you work through it, the rewards are amazing. I highly recommend this internship!” - Caleb A.
“My summer at ODM working with women in the transitional housing program taught me many things about loving others: patience, genuine compassion, hope after disappointment, persistence, and endurance. I learned about God's heart for those who are hurting, in crisis, or dealing with addiction through my personal experience. Because of my time at ODM, I know that I will continue to offer my time, resources, and effort to join in God's great rescue plan.” - Allie H.