Equipping students to become leaders in disability ministry to transform lives through the Gospel, impact their churches and communities for Christ, and advocate for justice, freedom, and equality for people impacted by disability.

Global Missions and Internships

Are you a student or young professional looking to learn more about serving people with disabilities? Our internship program will give you hands-on experience with ministering to people and families living with disability!

Types of Internship

Joni and Friends has several different types of internships available in order to offer a variety of hands on experiences and growth opportunities. Learn more about each type of internship.


Global Mission

University Affiliated


The capstone intern (i.e. Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, etc.) will serve under the supervision of a University faculty member and a Joni and Friends staff member in order to earn credit for the capstone project benefitting people living with disability.

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Individual interns serving at the International Disability Center or an Area Ministry Office will have the unique opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of a non-profit, disability ministry environment.

Global Mission

Small teams of interns participating in the Ukraine/Thailand or Uganda Mission will join together for training on the biblical view of disability and a theology of suffering through our Beyond Suffering curriculum. They receive an opportunity for practical application of their learning by serving people living with disability in the countries where they visit.

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University Affiliated


Cohorts of Doctoral of Physical/Occupational Therapy or Special Ed or Nursing students are taught Beyond Suffering as a core text, then serve as Short Term Missionaries (STM) at a Family Retreat. As a capstone to the internship, students serve people living with disability through our Wheels for the World™ or International Family Retreat program where students have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Additionally, Respite at Home is our newest University-Affiliated internship opportunity here at Joni and Friends which provides rest, hope, friendship and encouragement to children and their families living with disability. Participating students gain practical experience and insight into the unique joys and challenges experienced by all the family members as they serve on a regular basis over the course of a semester.

Upcoming Internships

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I am so blessed to have been able to spend last week serving God and providing mobility to those in need. . . I have never learned so much about patience and gratitude than I did from the people in Peru.

—Lauren Leopold, Peru 2019

“Through Cause 4 Life Internship, I got a deeper understanding of what people with disabilities go through. Through this deeper understanding I got to see God's love shine in these people.”

—Justin Dowdy, Thailand 2019

“…this internship definitely clarified my calling. I’m better equipped to grow the ministry and serve youth and adults affected by disability.”

—Ashley Jones, CA Academy

“[The internship] allowed me to support those with disabilities and their families by loving them, accepting them, and celebrating them for exactly who God created them to be.”

—Hollyn Lentz, Thailand 2019

“This internship taught me more than I could ever have imagined, to go out and bring in everyone, to step out of my comfort zone, to share the gospel and help those in need.”

—Huntington Howe, CA Academy

“For the first time I was able to see myself as a leader and realize how to become the best leader I can be… God uses a willing heart to fulfill his purpose.”

—Maria, AZ Academy

“[The internship] has helped me to become a better employee and brother to those around me.”

—Jonathan Choy, CA Academy

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