Most college students having an interest in leadership—future teachers, business leaders, youth leadership, non-profit leadership, social workers and coaches—really want to make a difference when they work with people BUT feel they lack experience and worry their leadership won’t be authentic.

Coldwater Foundation offers paid internships for future leaders that gives significant opportunity to lead and to discover their own personal style and approach as a leader.

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So, how do I become a Coldwater Wilderness Instructor?

Opportunities to Work with Us

Are you looking for a ministry opportunity and a place to serve? Check out Coldwater and consider serving at Mink Lake this summer. If you have a heart for people and want to work alongside people who love to serve, then consider investing in the Coldwater outdoor leadership ministry. We help young leaders mature through outdoor experiences. This could be your ministry this summer!

Summer 2020 Internships available (May 11-August 1, 2020)

  • Wilderness Leader Internship
  • Kitchen Management and Hospitality
  • Groundskeeping and Facility Maintenance
  • Marketing, Public Relations and Social Media


Multiple Summer Internships are available at Coldwater. As a part of the Coldwater ministry, you will be a part of a tight-knit Christian community and work as a team with others. You will have the opportunity to integrate your faith and work with God’s restorative mission for the world. You will participate in hands-on service and leadership opportunities rooted in the biblical ethic of care for self, others and place. Summer Interns will learn a strong service-ethic and gain measurable employability skills and experience. Through a focus on service, our hope is for each intern to encounter God in a fresh way, grow in appreciation for creation and see the value of the work of his or her hands. As an intern, you will start your summer experience by participating in the Wilderness Leadership Expedition at no cost to you. Interns are selected through an application process and will receive room and board at Mink Lake as well as a monetary stipend. For more information on available internships, email or call (218) 370-8864.

Wilderness Leader Intern (WLI)

[College Students/Recent Graduates]

Wilderness Leader Internship is a summer immersion opportunity for college aged leaders, focused on developing ministry capabilities as a Christian educator, mentor, and wilderness instructor. As a Wilderness Leader Intern, you will discover and experience first-hand the thrill of teaching and leading in the wilderness classroom.

Interns join our leadership team and are equipped to bring about lasting change in wilderness course participants. Students are not chosen on a “first come, first served” basis, but are selected through an application process. Selected students will have all course fees covered (with exception of Wilderness First Responder Certification) and will receive a $1500 stipend following their field experiences. There are 6 funded Intern positions.

Date: May 11-August 1
Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp
Compensation: $1500 + Room & Board

What will the Internship encompass? Leaders will:

  • Participate in our 16-day Wilderness Leadership Expedition: our cornerstone leadership course for wilderness leaders
  • Receive significant opportunities to practice leadership and actually lead in our outdoor programs
  • Learn the various important roles of an outdoor leader in our Wilderness Instructor Training seminar
  • Engage in rigorous peer teaching, role playing & interaction involving wilderness skill instruction
  • Study the Biblical foundations of Christ-centered leadership
  • Express a personal “lived theology” of leadership, with a focus on mentoring and discipleship
  • Receive training and practice in facilitating guided reflection
  • Participate in a healthy, vibrant Christian community Mink Lake
  • Complete a Wilderness First Responder certification (valid for 3 years)
  • Receive room and board at Mink Lake for the duration of the program

(An electronic signature can be used on fillable PDF forms and emailed to Coldwater Staff HERE . Please be sure to download the fillable PDF to your computer and open in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Other forms can be downloaded, printed, filled in and returned to Coldwater Foundation).

Kitchen Management and Hospitality

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Groundskeeping and Facility Maintenance

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Communications Intern: Marketing, Public Relations and Social Media

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