The Keystone Project Summer Internship takes our disciple-making training to the next level. This internship is designed for hands-on learning, offering tools and experience needed to multiply disciples and impact the world. Our student work and ministry internship is a unique training program for young adults ages 18-24. The program combines intensive ministry training as well as summer employment. There is limited space available.
Accept the three-month challenge to live out the life of a disciple of Christ. Learn to walk in the Spirit, share your testimony, and be equipped in practical ways so that you can impact the world with the gospel. Whether you are a ministry major, not currently attending college, or have just graduated, we want to instill in you the essentials to launch a disciple-making movement and see the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
- Live and work for a summer in Keystone, S.D., home of Mt. Rushmore and gathering place for over 3 million visitors each summer.
- Receive The Keystone Project level 1 and 2 vision and equipping training for launching organic, missional, disciple-making movements.
- Develop life-long friendships as you learn to work with others as a team.
- Learn cross-cultural ministry as you work alongside and build relationships with non-Christian international students.
- Work in various positions within the hospitality industry and experience a Christ-centered, business-as-mission environment.
Note: This program requires you to be able to legally work in the US. We do not process work visas for any applicants.
Internship Application Form
COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER 2023
We are now accepting applications for international young adults!
If you are a college or university student outside the U.S., you can participate in our Summer Internship through the J-1 visa program. You must be enrolled in a university in your home country to apply for this program. If approved, the J-1 visa will allow you to work in our hotel and earn money to support your expenses. Please visit the following website to learn about the requirements and eligibility for a J-1 visa: https://j1visa.state.gov/programs. Here is the process:
- Fill out the INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FORM above
- Get accepted to our KP Internship Program
- We will collaborate with you to find a sponsor from your home country: https://j1visa.state.gov/participants/how-to-apply/
- Submit documents and requirements to sponsor,including fee (depending on the sponsors, sponsorship costs can be between $2,500 to $3,000 USD, not including airfare)
- Send us confirmation of your J-1 visa and arrange logistics of arrival to the United States with the Summer Internship Leadership Team
We are praying for you and for all those in whom God places a desire to be part of our internship program. Please reach out if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
“God used every part of this summer--the work at the hotel, the community of interns, the training, the time with internationals--to introduce me to the Great Commission and give me a vision to carry even beyond this summer."
- Dustin, Indiana
“I didn't truly understand the magnitude of the call of the Great Commission, and what it really means to live your life solely for the glory of God. Through the Keystone Project, not only did God change my mindset, setting it on mission for His Kingdom, but He changed my heart, igniting it for a much greater purpose than myself."
- Kathryn, Indiana
I went to Keystone not even knowing how to share my own testimony. But now, I am more comfortable in sharing the Gospel and my testimony with anyone than ever before. The Keystone Project Summer Internship taught me not only how to live according to the Scripture but they also gave me the tools and experience that I needed to multiply disciples and impact the world.
- Yvan, Democratic Republic of the Congo
"I was able to see what God was doing here and take part in establishing the Kingdom of God in the lives of others while God was pressing His mission into my heart. The internship was a perfect stepping stone to see how I fit into the plans of God."
- Keegan, Indiana
May 10 - August 14, 2023
Orientation: May 10
Discipleship Training: May 15-16
Job Training: May 17
Graduation: August 14
When does the internship begin and end?
May 10 to August 14. It typically begins with orientation early May and ends with graduation mid-August.
Do I have to stay for the whole summer?
All interns are required to participate from May 11 to August 14.
Is this a paid internship?
Yes! The Keystone Project operates the Rushmore Express Inn & Family Suites as a business-as-mission enterprise. All accepted interns will have the opportunity to work at our hotel. Students will earn enough money to cover their living expenses and to have additional spending money as well.
What jobs are involved?
All students will be employed by The Keystone Project Services, LLC., so all jobs will be limited to jobs in the hospitality industry (i.e. Front Desk Receptionist, Housekeeper, Maintenance, etc.).
How much money will I make?
Most of our staff is paid $15 an hour.
Are there any costs involved with the internship?
The program costs us $500 per intern. We encourage our interns to raise support to be able to help cover some of theses costs; however, we do not require or charge a program fee. You will be responsible for all of your own living expenses (food, housing, and transportation). Rent is only $100 per month.
If you are an international student coming with a J1 visa, there are additional sponsorship costs that can be between $2,500 to $3,000 USD, not including airfare. These sponsorship costs for the J1 visa are independent of the Keystone Project Internship Program.
What are the accommodations in Keystone?
The Keystone Project owns some trailers, each containing three bedrooms. Most bedrooms will house two interns, and a few will house three. Some interns may be housed with KP staff families. Rent is only $100 a month to cover utilities and maintenance. Everyone is free to bring their own transportation, but most of the things you will do will be in walking distance.
What does a typical schedule look like?
The first couple weeks consist of intensive training. After that, you will be working a 30-40 hour work week. The rest of the time will be spent developing relationally with the international students as much as possible. In addition, we will have 2 team meetings weekly, along with discipleship and accountability times.