Frequently Asked Questions

Who should consider applying for an internship?

Our interns come from many ages, stages and backgrounds. Typically, our interns are in a season of life where they are feeling called to ministry or would like to explore a new career path and would like the opportunity to test out this call by learning more about themselves while trying out various roles and tasks. Many come to us with some ministry experience (either professional or lay leadership) and are looking for an opportunity to stretch their abilities. We have had a range of people from right out of high school and college or seminary to people who are in their mid-to-late 30s who are considering a career change or a new challenge. Most important is that they are open to God to use them and that they trust in God to provide direction for the next leg of the journey.

Why should I choose this internship program

The benefit of interning at Kensington Church is the great team environment, where we are fervently committed to love God, lock arms with each other and live open-handedly. Our intern team becomes a family where we learn from each other as well as receive input and wisdom from Kensington's leadership. At our core we believe that you will learn best by "doing" and this internship will give you opportunities to thrive, fail and learn along the way. Kensington offers an environment with state-of-the-art equipment and technology alongside seasoned staff members. Our interns don't just stand in the shadows and watch; we want you to be a part of our ministry, take on meaningful projects and gain the experience and training that you're looking for.

What are the minimum requirements to be considered for an internship?

There is no maximum age restriction. For our "Leadership Journey" internship, we require applicants to be at least 18 years old and to have completed high school or equivalent by the start of the internship. Many of our interns have completed college and have varying levels of experience working in the market place or in full-time ministry. There is no maximum age restriction.

Are there any educational requirements?

No. Depending upon your internship area, however, some experience may be beneficial. For example, an intern working in the graphics/video areas would benefit from experience with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Illustrator, or Photoshop. We will ask to see samples of your work.

Is a married person eligible?

Absolutely! Whether you are single or married, have kids or not, the Kensington Internship Program may be for you.

What is involved in the application process?

The process requires completion of the online application, various interviews with the intern director as well as department leadership and a background check. References will be contacted. The entire process usually takes between 2-4 weeks.

How will it be decided which ministry department or campus placement is best for me?

Some applicants have a clear vision for what they want to do for their internship while others don't know where to start. We will work with you to help you find the right fit and may even adjust your internship mid-course. Part of the placement process is based upon where your gifts and experience fit with the open internship positions. We do our best fit the person to the opportunity based on long-term goals (for example, a person with an interest in working with a recovery ministry will be placed where they would have access to that opportunity).

Where will I spend my time?

You will primarily spend your time interning with the ministry team that you and the intern director agree upon. You will attend weekly training sessions with other interns, targeted at teaching proven principles and best practices from experts in leadership and theology.

Is there an evaluation process?

Interns will have the opportunity to get real coaching and feedback through our evaluation process, which involves meeting with your direct report and the intern director several times throughout the internship.

Does it cost anything to do an internship?

There are no tuition fees for doing the Kensington Internship. All training, materials and intern retreats will be covered. If you go on a mission trip or other Kensington activity outside of the internship program, however, you will be responsible for the costs associated with that activity.

Will I be paid as an intern?

The Kensington Internship program offers you the ability to be paid through fundraising support. Kensington will also match up to $2000 of contributions raised. Once an intern has raised $1000, Kensington will match the $1000, and will contribute another $1000 once $2000 has been raised by the intern – enabling the intern to get a kick start on their support raising. So yes, it is a paid internship. We strongly believe that if God has called you to this internship, he will provide the financial means to make this internship successful. Every intern raises the amount that they deem necessary to live during the 10-month internship program. Each intern is required to prepare a budget for their monthly needs and then will be required to raise enough money to support that monthly budget. Every dollar you raise for your internship is paid to you; Kensington does not hold an administrative fee or withhold taxes (you will receive a 1099 at year end and will be responsible for applicable state & federal taxes). Interns are fully responsible to raise their own support. All approved interns will receive coaching on fundraising support through the internship program. Kensington requires that 50% of your support is received by the start of your internship. All donations toward your internship are tax deductible for the donor.

How does donation matching work?

Starting with the 2015-1016 interns, Kensington will match up to $2000 of contributions raised by the intern. Once an intern has raised $1000, Kensington will match the $1000 and will deposit the $1000 into the designated intern account. Kensington will match another $1000 once $2000 has been raised by the intern.

Why do interns need to raise support?

Interns are required to raise their own financial support for several reasons. First, it puts your skin in the game (how bad do you want this?). Second, the accountability to your donors helps you stick it out. This helps interns follow through regardless of how challenging it becomes. Thirdly, it enables the intern to focus entirely on their internship without the distraction of balancing multiple jobs. Finally, it gives others the opportunity to invest in your leadership development. That's an act of faith on their part, and they'll back you up with prayer and moral support.

What support will I receive to raise support?

Once the intern applicants have been selected, a team meeting will be arranged with the Kensington Donor Development team. This meeting provides the interns with the plan and the tools for raising financial support. It will teach them how to cast compelling vision to potential supporters, provide strategies necessary to raise money, and walk through the timeline for raising support. Each intern will be able to receive donations online to a designated intern account using the Kensington website. Interns will develop a sample budget prior to beginning their internship, and this budget will dictate the intern's financial support goals. 50% of all required support is due to be deposited in the designated intern account by August 1st.

Can I work and be an intern at the same time?

Our internship offers you many things, such as mentoring, coaching, skill training, strategic thinking, collaborative learning, etc., which will help shape you and your ministry. The internship requires a 25-40 hour workweek, which may make it unmanageable for you to take on a part-time job. We want you to have the energy, time, and focus to make the most out of your internship as well as have the ability to balance the other top priorities in your life. This is why we ask the interns to raise support. If you do have a part-time job, you will need to make sure that your internship is prioritized above your second job and that schedules and commitments do not conflict.

When can interns start?

"Leadership Journey" interns start the first week of August.

How can I get college credit?

If your college or university offers internship opportunities, you may be able to get credit for this internship. Interns will need to work directly with their counselors and/or professors to ensure they meet all the necessary requirements. We will help facilitate this as much as possible.

How does the scholarships with Rochester College work?

For students looking to study part-time at Rochester College while enrolled in Kensington Church’s Internship Program, Rochester College will agree to a rate of $80/credit hour. Once full-time status (12 credits/semester) is reached, students will be charged the traditional rate of $649/credit hour.

Kensington Church Internship Program part-time rates:
3 credits = $240/semester
6 credits = $480/semester
9 credits = $720/semester

For students looking to study full-time at Rochester College who have been vetted as alumni of the Kensington Church Internship Program, a $2500/year scholarship will be offered. Students must be enrolled full-time, and must maintain a CGPA of 2.0 or higher to continue to receive the scholarship. This scholarship offer will be good for up to 5 years, and can be stacked on top of Academic Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, and RC Discounts, but not on top of additional Kensington Church scholarships.

What is the level of time commitment to be a part of this program?

A typical workweek is 20-40 hours but depends upon the type of internship. Interns who have Saturday or Sunday responsibilities will typically work a full day on Sunday or several hours on Saturday in addition to office hours mainly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Interns that do not have weekend responsibilities will generally work Monday-Friday during office hours.

Do you allow interns to work only half of the year?

No. "Leadership Journey" interns are required to commit for the full 10 months. This program is carefully designed to give interns an opportunity to grow and develop in their roles through the various seasons and rhythms of the ministry year. What is experienced in the fall is different than the spring. The 10 months allow interns to assimilate to their roles and then grow and develop as the year continues.

Will I get hired at Kensington when my internship is over?

There is no guarantee of employment within or outside of Kensington after your internship. Although we have hired a few interns over the years, it is not our goal to accept interns so that we may hire them when their internship is complete. We feel extremely confident that investment with us will open many doors for you and we will definitely be here to help you with your next steps.

Where do Kensington Interns end up after their internship?

Many of our interns, having had the opportunity to test and develop themselves through this program, have gone on to be leaders in various spheres of influence. Some have been offered positions here at Kensington, while others have gone on to be church planters and leaders outside of Kensington.