Welcome to the Kaleo Missions staff page! Spending a summer on staff with Kaleo is an incredible opportunity to explore your ministry gifts, passions, and grow in your abilities. Kaleo interns are part of a dynamic team setting and serve in poor and marginalized communities around the United States. Summer interns are equipped and discipled by a City Director and have the chance to lead students on week-long mission trips. Being on staff with Kaleo is not just about serving; it’s about discovering your unique Christian call to ministry and using your gifts and talents to change communities.

Kaleo Summer Interns

Our Kaleo Summer Interns serve on a team, supervised by the City Director(s), to manage the day-to-day operations of a Kaleo Site. Their responsibilities will include: guiding mission teams, briefing and debriefing teams on ministry; leading learning activities; serving alongside of Kaleo groups; assisting with planning and preparing meals; oversight of Kaleo facilities.

Guiding Teams: Kaleo Interns will serve alongside a mission team of 10-12 students and their youth leaders. The intern serves as the facilitator of the mission trip for the week. This includes helping teams arrive at ministry sites on time, leading various learning activities, and serving alongside the mission team.

Briefing and Debriefing: Briefing is a way to help prepare teams before serving at a new ministry site or starting a learning activity. This requires clear communication and the ability to cast the vision of Kaleo Missions with teams. Debriefing is a way to help teams process their missions experiences. Effective debriefing involves confidence in leading small group discussions and spiritual discernment for handling spiritual questions, concerns, and ideas that arise. Discussing ways to continue to live a life of mission after the mission trip is one of the key components of a Kaleo Mission trip.

Hospitality: Kaleo hospitality is a crucial part of the Kaleo summer program. Hospitality involves preparing simple meals for mission teams, stocking supplies (such as toilet paper, soap, paper towels, etc.), and keeping the Kaleo site clean and organized. Throughout the summer there will be a rotating schedule for each summer intern to take turns serving on hospitality.

Additional Responsibilities:  Applicants with skills/experience in the areas of photography, communication via social media, videography, leading worship, and blogging are encouraged to apply. (Skills in these areas are not required to serve on staff with Kaleo).

We require that each applicant be at least 18 years old, have leadership experience, as well as two references who aren’t relatives.  Each applicant will complete an online application, and then a second round of applicants will be invited to an online interview.  To access the application, go to http://www.kaleomissions.org/intern-application/.

Kaleo Missions hosts mission trips in 6 U.S. cities: San Diego, Portland, New Orleans, Dallas, Jackson, and Minneapolis.  In each Kaleo city, we serve alongside many different types of ministries, however, each of our cities reflects their unique needs and culture.   To learn more about what ministry looks like in each of our cities, visit our location page.

For each staff team we provide on-site housing, separate from the team housing, in each city.  For details on housing for a specific city, please email us at staff@kaleomissions.org.

The Kaleo summer internship program is a free, unpaid internship intended to develop ministry skills, grow in leadership abilities, and make a lasting impact in the lives of students. The internship includes housing, food, and transportation (during weeks with missions teams).

  • Kaleo Interns are strongly encouraged to raise missionary support. Kaleo staff will work with interns in determining an appropriate amount of support that meets their personal needs and will provide interns with support letters and other supplies needed to raise missionary support.
  • The Kaleo Intern is responsible for all costs incurred during their time serving with Kaleo (extra food, souvenir shopping, personal expenses, bills, etc.). Housing and food are provided by Kaleo Missions.
  • Kaleo Staff will gladly work with summer interns to earn school credit for their internship.


Here is a list of schools where past and current staff have attended:

Arizona State University
Azuza Bible College
Baylor University
Berry College
Biola University
Criswell College
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Christian College
Dallas Theological Seminary
Durdt College
Eckerd College
Emory University
George Fox University
Georgia Southwestern State University
Iowa State University
Millersville University
Milligan College
Mississippi State University
Montate State University
Moody Bible Collge
Multnomah University
Ol Miss
Ozark Christian College
Penn State
Rhodes College
Southern Arkansas University
Southwestern Seminary
Taylor University
Texas A & M
University of Arizona
University of Iowa
University of Nevada
University of North Texas
University of Northwestern- St. Paul
University of South Dakota
University of South Florida
University of Texas- San Antonio
University of Wisconsin
Virginia Tech
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
Western Seminary
Whitworth University


San Diego, Portland, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Dallas and Jackson

Relevant Resources:
Staff Standards
Statement of Faith
Printable Job Description

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