Internships

Our internship is a full-time position with a stipend, room, and board provided. Internships are 3 month summer positions or year-round positions. Interns will learn how a Christian retreat center operates and will have a chance to build relationships and network with organizations such as Christian Camp and Conference Association, Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, churches throughout the Pittsburgh region, and beyond!

The Laurelville staff is a team, working together to offer Christ-like hospitality to all who come to encourage spiritual growth, healthy community, and care of God’s creation. Interns are an important part of this team, helping us to serve over 20,000 people annually in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. Interns will be provided with the chance to acquire skills and knowledge relevant for a variety of career and ministry fields. We aim to provide our interns with the time and space to grow and develop as they explore new opportunities. It takes caring, skilled, and dedicated people with a heart for Christian service to fulfill our call to ministry every day. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the internship and when does it start? 
Our internships begin in late May/early June with the option to stay on past the summer. If you are interested in the internship but aren’t sure if your schedule fits our needs, please let us know! We’re happy to work with potential interns. 

What will I be doing as an intern?
Year-long interns do  a little bit of everything! The majority of the internship will be spent in Guest Services, helping to care for the guests who visit Laurelville. However, during your time here, you will be challenged and equipped to grow in all areas of our ministry, including dining hall, housekeeping, marketing, promotional trips, leadership, and maintenance. If you excel in a certain area or we see a specific set of strengths emerge during your time here, we will encourage growth in that area and help you develop these skills for future careers.

Summer interns will be almost exclusively working with our guest services team. You will be helping to facilitate group stays with a variety of tasks, including but not limited to, set up and tear down, running the gift shop, facilitating meals, building camp fires, and communicating with guests. You will build excellent customer service skills, and grow in your ability to communicate and prioritize. You will gain experience working as a part of a team, and learn what it is like to provide Christ like hospitality.

What is Laurelville looking for in an intern?
We are looking for young adults who have a desire to learn, grow, and join a community of people committed to service. The ideal candidate is looking for purpose and direction in their life and is willing to work with our staff to help find that at Laurelville and beyond. If you are unsure of your next step, taking a gap year, or looking for a new experience, this internship is for you!

What is Laurelville and where is it located?
Laurelville is a year-round retreat center located about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. While it started as a small summer camp in the 1940s, it has grown to an organization that hosts over 20,000 people annually. Hosting groups is the main part of our work at Laurelville but we also have youth camps and adult programs throughout the year and year-round interns are given opportunities to work with the programming department along with Hosted/Guest Services.

Where will I live?
Interns live on Laurelville grounds in staff housing.

What would my schedule look like?
Interns work 5 days per week and are off for 2 days. In the fall, winter, and spring, we try to make sure your 2 days off are consecutive. In the busy summer months, this may not be guaranteed. Weekend and evening work is frequent. Interns have off 1-2 weekends per month, depending on the time of year.

Apply Today!

Ready to apply? Click the link below to find our internship application form (hosted through Google). Our application is mobile friendly. 

Questions? Email Steve Meyer, our Intern Coordinator at steve@laurelville.org or call 724-423-2056.