Orlando
Internships

Summer 2023

About Pioneers

For more than 40 years, Pioneers has partnered with churches around the world to initiate church-planting movements among unreached people groups.

Click here to learn more about us and here to learn more about unreached people groups.

Develop Your Professional Skills

Whether you are connecting with donors or evaluating the impact volunteers can make in international communities, you will develop transferable professional skills that will prepare you to thrive in future work environments.

Learn How to Engage with the Global Church

You will see the inner workings of Pioneers, which uses innovative and creative means to bring the gospel to every corner of the globe. From global church workshops to meetings with experienced international workers, you will gain greater insight about how God will use your unique gifts, skills and talents to engage and partner with the global church.

Thrive in a Christ-Centered Community

You will work alongside Pioneers staff who are dedicated to investing in your professional and personal development. You will also enjoy forming authentic relationships with fellow interns, creating a fun-loving community that is characterized by teamwork and mutual respect.

Human Resources

This position has been filled

Our Human Resources (HR) Intern works directly with the HR Services Manager on the HR Team. This intern will engage in a variety of tasks and projects that cover the basic functions of HR at the Orlando office: compliance, benefits, data management and professional development for staff members. This includes developing skills with Workday, which is Pioneers’ Human Resources Information System. Workday is the only global enterprise application system that unifies HR, Payroll, Time and Absence, etc. and now works with more than 50% of Fortune 500 companies. These technical skills with Workday are becoming essential for HR professionals and will equip our intern well for the HR field.

If you are passionate about promoting a healthy work environment that honors, protects and empowers missionaries and staff, then this role may be perfect for you.

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Hospitality

This position has been filled

Our Hospitality Intern works directly with the Event & Guest Services Director on the Hospitality Team. This is a fast-paced and versatile position where our intern will assist and execute event logistics that serve Pioneers missionaries who are visiting the Orlando base. Whether you are communicating with clients about contract agreements or organizing logistics and setting up for the day of an event, this position dives into all the nitty-gritty details of how to serve others through the best practices of hospitality.

If you have a passion for event planning and strive to go above and beyond to exceed customer expectations, then this may be the role for you.

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Organizational Development

This position has been filled

Our Organizational Development Intern works directly with the Director of Marketplace Ministries. The Marketplace Ministries Team supports missionaries on the field who start a business or work in a professional position to engage the unreached. Our intern will assist in researching, developing and organizing the infrastructure needed to equip missionaries on the field to be more effective in their work or business.

If you love developing support systems on the back end of programs, then this role may be the one for you.

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Video Production

This position has been filled

Our Video Production Intern works directly with the Director of Video Production on the Marketing Team. This intern will be involved in planning and creating video content for Pioneers’ video and social media channels (YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook, etc.).

If you love creating, collaborating and communicating through video, then this role could be a good fit for you.

* Applicants will be asked to provide a portfolio in the application process.

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Graphic Design

This position has been filled

Our Graphic Design Intern works directly with the Art Director on the Marketing Team. This intern will be involved in the research, ideation, creation and iteration of both digital and physical marketing pieces for internal and external communication.

If you love creating and communicating through design, then this role could be great for you.

* Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio in the application process

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Donor Relations

This position has been filled

Our Donor Relations Intern works directly with the Administrative Assistant on the Advancement Team. This intern is on the frontlines of ministry, serving individual donors who give to Pioneers and strengthening the relationship they have with us.

If you love encouraging people and finding ways to show appreciation, then this role is the one for you.

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Grant Writing

This position has been filled

Our Grant Writing Intern works directly with the Global Projects Coordinator on the Advancement Team. This intern has what may be the best of both worlds: half writing, and the other half building relationships and interacting with foundations, donors and missionaries on the field.

If you love writing and connecting with people, then this could be the role for you.

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Our Interns

We recently sat down for some in-depth conversations with two of our interns from the Summer 2023 program. You can read about their experiences and stories here.

Several other interns also shared about their experiences interning with Pioneers below.

Aaron - Grant Writing Intern

Aaron

Grant Writing Intern

“I am thankful for all the knowledge I have gained about missions and unreached people groups. I am thankful to have gained professional experience in various areas. I am thankful for the opportunities this internship has created for me, as well as the relationships that have come from it.”

Daphne - International Volunteering Intern

Daphne

International Volunteering Intern

“Pioneers is a great organization passionately dedicated to the pursuit of reaching the unreached. The internship is thorough, clear, and well rounded. It values the intern as a person, a Christian and a professional. It was an incredible balance of growing in industry knowledge, working and having fun with the community.”

Josh - Global Technology Intern

Josh

Global Technology Intern

“My biggest highlight was the closeness we experienced as an intern team. We ate together, laughed together and spent time together. It was truly a little family over the summer.”

Sarah - Donor Stewardship Intern

Sarah

Donor Relations Intern

“A highlight was getting to meet with missionaries for lunch. It was such a blessing to get to talk with them about their experience. Learning about their experiences was really beneficial for me because it helped me determine my future steps for being a part of global missions.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply to Pioneers’ Orlando Internships?

We are looking for professionals who:

  • Are positive, passionate and hardworking with excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills  and  a strong commitment to Christ.
  • Can commit to working a minimum of 20 hours a week  for ten weeks during the summer.
  • Can attend a three-day mandatory orientation during the first week of the internship.
  • Have reliable transportation to our Orlando office (located in Lake Nona) and a phone and laptop they can use to work.
  • Enjoy being part of a fun and energetic team that is determined to give every people group the opportunity to hear the gospel.

* This internship also can count towards college credit if you are a student and your school approves it.

When is the program?

Our internship is a 10-week summer program. The 2023 program will take place from May 22 to July 28.

How do I apply?

You can start writing this chapter of your story by:

  • Choosing the intern position that is the best fit for you.
  • Filling out the application and emailing your resume to hr@pioneers.org.

Once we review your information, we’ll contact you!

* While our application is open until April 9, 2023, applications received by January 8, 2023, will have first priority. After this deadline, the application will be opened until all positions are filled.

Is this a paid internship?

Our internships are volunteer based and unpaid, which is why we only ask our interns to serve a minimum of 20 hours/week for 10 weeks. Pioneers does provide housing for interns who live outside of Orlando. Apartment rentals in our area range anywhere from $2,500 to $3,500 a month, and these high rates would make even paid internships difficult. Free housing makes this internship possible for interns each summer.

Some other ways our interns have financially prepared themselves for the summer are:

  • Applying for an internship scholarship through their college. If you are a student, we encourage you to check if your school offers that opportunity.
  • Raising personal support through their local church.
  • Working part-time and saving before the intern program or working part-time while serving in the intern program.

In addition, we do everything we can to invest and show appreciation to our interns. Each intern receives thank you gifts, a social outing and lunches during Orientation week and Intern Appreciation Week, an end of program celebration and a great professional experience to put on your resume.

What happens after the internship?

We hope each of our interns will finish our program with:

  • Professional skills that will open doors to future opportunities.
  • A deeper understanding of missions and the many ways they can be involved in missions and the global church.
  • Authentic relationships and a strong Christ centered community.

As an additional bonus, three former interns were hired to work at Pioneers after the program, while two other interns were hired at different nonprofit organizations. While these outcomes are not guaranteed for every intern, our interns are equipped with highly marketable skills after they finish the program.

Prefer to have an internship overseas? Click here. Questions about being an intern? Contact orlandointern@pioneers.org or call 407-382-6000.