Internships with NLAI

NLAI offers mission internships ranging from 9 weeks to 1 year in length. The most popular time for an internship is the end of May to the end of July (our Summer internship), but other options are available. 

Please scroll down for specifics regarding Internships with NLAI.


We have five goals for each intern.

  • To grow in your relationship with Jesus, resulting in noticeable life transformation.

  • To understand “calling” and to more clearly discern God’s will for your life at this time.

  • To discover and develop your passions, skills and gifts

  • To positively impact the ministry in which you serve during your internship

  • To gain valuable experience serving internationally

What You Can Expect

Each intern is shepherded and supervised by our Director of Training & Pastoral Care, Rob Mehner, a former chemical engineer and businessperson with over 20 years experience as an ordained Spiritual Formation Pastor. After a brief time in language school, you will spend the following percentages of your time in these ways (approximately):

  • 60% - serving the needs of the ministry in whatever way is most helpful to the ministry

  • 25% - working on specific projects/tasks which match your passion, skills, and gifts

  • 15% - focusing on spiritual growth and processing your internship while it is happening.


Costs (Approximate; we will help develop your specific budget)

  • Airfare (Varies by location and time of year)

  • International Insurance (Generally less than $10/week)

  • Initial Costs (about $1300) 

  • Personal and Ministry Costs ($125/week) 

  • A 9-week internship would be approximately $2500 plus airfare.

2021 Internship Dates

  • Summer Internship: May 29 - July 31, (9 weeks)
  • Fall Semester Internship/Practicum: September 18 - November 20 (9 weeks)
  • Holiday Internship November 27, 2021 - January 8, 2022
  • Custom Internship Dates Available

Deadline to Apply

  • The application process is best when started 90 days or more before your arrival date.

Contact us for more information at Scroll down for information about internship paperwork. Check out our Video Gallery for videos featuring our interns.