Summer Internships

Live, learn and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world next summer!

Why work at HoneyRock?

Incredible community, meaninguful work, beautiful place. It's an unforgettable summer - the Northwoods of Wisconsin sets a beautiful stage for living in community and enjoying transformational learning. If you work at HoneyRock, you have a heart for others and a mind towards Christ. 

With operational centers throughout HoneyRock, you can practically apply your degree toward satisfying an internship requirement within a Christian camp setting. We consider all of our jobs to be internships. HoneyRock offers a wide variety of paid internship opportunities in business, ministry and education:

Specialty Internships

The Information Technology Internship at HoneyRock provides experience in IT work through daily, ongoing tasks concurrent with strategic, large-scale projects. HoneyRock offers a unique IT experience by fully immersing interns in all aspects of IT management and not limiting you to narrow skillset.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Coordinate the Help Desk to manage and troubleshoot user requests or issues.
  • Gain experience with wired & wireless networking
  • Learn server administration, management and file share organization.
  • Work with information systems, systems analysis, and firewall management
  • Practice web design and skinning
  • Be exposed to Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS, iOs environments
  • Study strategic-level IT project management and implementation
  • Organize and map of wired networks
  • Terminate and install low voltage wires
  • Gain experience in Customer Service
  • Visit Ministry Health Care, Cultivate Now, Northwoods Connect, Deneb Corporation, Kozar Technologies, and various Native American Reservations to see similar IT positions in the workplace

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Math, Computer Science, Computer Engineering
  • Looking for an individual with strengths in achieving goals, personal responsibility and initiative
  • Needs strong problem solving skills
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

Next Steps:

Apply online today! Only one position is available.

Supervisor: John Welsh, Finance and Advancement Director

The Foodservice Internship provides hands-on culinary management experience during HoneyRock’s Summer Camp, which draws over 2,000 campers and volunteers. Interns will serve hundreds of meals during the summer. The foodservice role is integral to creating a powerful guest and camper experience at HoneyRock. You will gain experience in menu building and planning, scheduling for staff and operations, inventory management, customer service, and systems building/implementation. If you choose a Capstone Internship, you will learn how to:

  • Serve guests who have special diets/food allergies with excellence
  • Build an inventory management and food ordering system from scratch
  • Menu planning/building: using market research, cost analysis and dietary guidelines, with emphasis on meeting guests needs, providing healthy meals and food options within budget.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Learn budget management, menu building/planning, scheduling, inventory management, customer service, and systems building/implementation
  • Visit ULF, Sysco and Reinhart facilities, warehouses and test kitchens as well as local restaurants
  • Possible seminars led by professionals on topics such as inventory management, menu building, social media/marketing, special diets, sustainability, etc.
  • This is a paid internship
  • Receive ServSafe Certification

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Culinary, Business Management, Restaurant Management
    • These degrees are available many technical schools in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

Next Steps:

Apply online today! There are 3-4 positions available, 2 of each type.

The Retail Management Internship at HoneyRock provides hands-on management experience for students interested in business and hospitality management. Interns will help set and lead retail strategy for HoneyRock’s camp store. HoneyRock’s summer camp programs host nearly 1,000 campers each summer. The camp store sells apparel, souvenirs, and snacks to all campers, students, and guests. Interns will have freedom to be creative with a variety of responsibilities beyond simply operating the cash register. This internship is an opportunity to live and serve alongside the rest of HoneyRock’s Guest Services team.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Learn use of POS, inventory system, and camper registration program
  • Track, manage, and increase retail sales through merchandising, inventory management, display and promotion
  • Manage a budget and report on expense tracking
  • Order merchandise and choose which items to sell
  • Design apparel for the store
  • Visit Three Lakes and Eagle River businesses for exposure to business practices

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Business, Retail Management
  • Applicants should be self-motivated, creative, friendly, organized, responsible, and have an eye for detail
  • Love for camp/outdoors and children
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

Next Steps:

Apply online today! Only one position is available for this internship.

The Photographer Internship at HoneyRock seasonal, full-time paid position for those willing to work in a ministry capacity as part of the HoneyRock Specialty Staff.

Reporting to the Marketing Specialist in Wheaton, the Photographer is part of telling the story of HoneyRock through creative and professional images. The Photographer will be part of creating concepts, taking, and editing professional quality photos to be used in web and direct marketing for HoneyRock. They will also be responsible for image management and equipment, and part of the program staff at HoneyRock from staff training in May through Wheaton Passage in August. Training will occur on Wheaton’s campus for one week with the marketing and communications staff.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Create a weekly photography plan by camper programs and activities to ensure a representative sampling of photography is achieved; weekly plan will be reviewed daily with Marketing Specialist to make sure all goals are achieved
  • Accountable to daily and weekly photography quotas (2,000-4,000 photos per week), 3-4 Instagram posts per week
  • Collaborate with Media Specialist to develop weekly blog posts and related photos to HoneyRock blog
  • Makes technical decisions regarding such elements such as appropriate lighting and camera angles; receive and follow explicit instructions regarding assignments
  • Develop editing plan, communicate with stakeholders, and perform edits to produce a professional-looking product
  • Manage image library and ensures multiple weekly photo uploads to online photography library
  • Collaborate on photograph locations and subjects for marketing materials and web
  • This is a paid internship

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Fine Arts, Photography, Communications, Advertising or Marketing
    • These degrees are available at Wheaton College and other major colleges and universities 
  • 1+ years experience with digital media and photography equipment, including lighting setups
  • 1+ experience with Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Creative Suite, knowledge of After Effects and Photoshop is preferred
  • Must be experienced with Facebook, Instagram, and other social media
  • Must have a complete online portfolio available for review prior to the beginning of the interview process
  • Referable experience for photography in a production environment (i.e. weddings, journalism, studiowork)

Next Steps:

Apply online today! Only one position is available. 

The Videographer Internship at HoneyRock seasonal, full-time paid position for those willing to work in a ministry capacity as part of the HoneyRock Specialty Staff.

Reporting to the Marketing Specialist in Wheaton, the Videographer is part of telling the story of HoneyRock through creative and professional videos. The Videographer will be part of creating video concepts, filming, editing and producing professional quality videos to be used in web and direct marketing for HoneyRock. They will also be responsible for image management and equipment, and part of the program staff at HoneyRock from staff training in May through Wheaton Passage in August. Training will occur on Wheaton’s campus for one week with the marketing and communications staff.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Identify stories, writing creative briefs, scripts, and produce videos. All work must adhere to institutional brand guidelines for video style, logos, and any graphics created
  • Daily contact with the Marketing Specialist to review priorities for the day and output from previous day
  • Meet with Market Specialist and HoneyRock leadership to outline goals for video projects; coordinate the schedule and plan for production, post-production, and delivery of the finished product
  • Test all equipment to determine technical quality of recording, audio, and lighting apparatus prior to operation in the field
  • Prepare locations prior to shooting, conduct video shoots, film interviews and events using video camera equipment
  • Develop an editing plan, communicate with stakeholders, and perform edits to produce a professional-looking product
  • Complete all rendering, compressing, and processing of video files to ensure prompt delivery via Web or DVD, as well as updates to video archive
  • Edit and assemble final visual/audio program material, ensuring consistency and relevancy to productions, monitors technical quality of end product
  • Other related responsibilities will be assigned as needed

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Fine Arts, Communications, Advertising or Marketing
    • These degrees are available at Wheaton College and other major colleges and universities 
  • 1+ years experience with digital media and video production equipment, including lighting setups and various types of audio recording
  • 1+ experience with Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Creative Suite, knowledge of After Effects is preferred
  • Must be experienced with Facebook, Instagram, and other social media
  • Must have a complete online portfolio available for review prior to the beginning of the interview process

Next Steps:

Apply online today! Only one position is available.

Outdoor & Adventure Leadership Internships

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Gain exposure to proper sequencing and application in an experiential education setting
  • Practice co-teaching in Bible studies and activity areas alongside a fellow student or activity instructor
  • Create a growth plan based on human developmental theory
  • Design a small group Bible study curriculum for grades 3rd-8th using proper sequencing and opportunities for application
  • Teach and lead daily Bible studies as well as special skills throughout the camp session
  • Develop lessons using age appropriate engagement and reflection questions
  • Differentiate lesson plans to fit particular camper group needs
  • Employ experiential education practices to activity area techniques
  • Co-teach in activity areas with a fellow activity instructor
  • Develop an understanding of the differences in the developmental stages through intentional relationship building in a case study opportunity through daily cabin life with 3rd-8th or 9th graders
  • Receive feedback from supervisors on teaching methods and opportunities for further growth
  • This is a paid internship

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Christian Education, Educational Studies, Religious Studies, and Children’s Ministry
    • These degrees are available at Wheaton College, Taylor University, Westmont College, Huntington University, and Moody Bible Institute
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

Next Steps:

Apply online today! 

Supervisor: Ashley Kiley, Residential Camp Manager   

High School Programs

There are four high school programs to choose from: Service Team, Venture, Voyageur, and 2:22. Read short descriptions of each program and then review the general role responsibilities.

Service Team

Service Team is a small group of high school students and counselors who spend the summer doing life together.  They eat, pray, work, learn, lead, live, and grow together. Known at camp as “Steamers”, these emerging adults  experience life as members of the Body of Christ namely through deep mentoring relationships with YOU, the Service Team counselors, as well as through their close-knit peer community and the larger HoneyRock family.  We pray for a life-changing summer that fosters both healing and maturity as our campers return home.  Service Team is one of the foundational programs of HoneyRock.  Running for seven weeks, it is the longest program of the summer and thereby, a unique camper discipleship opportunity. Interested? Talk with Phillip Eddy, Service Team Coordinator.

Venture

Venture is a four week program aimed at developing personal leadership with juniors and seniors in high school. This program is dedicated to answering identity and ministry questions through a journey of personal development and faith formation.

Voyageur

Voyageur is a new program for 2017 dedicated to providing high school students, specifically rising 11-12 graders who are looking to be challenged through experiences in nature that require learning and applying outdoor skills.

SALT/2:22 Staff

The School of Adevnture Leadership Training (SALT) provides advanced ministry training and leadership experience to college students. SALT serves two main areas: counseling high school students in 2:22 and leading Wheaton Passage. The primary focus of SALT is discipleship and modeling a heart of service. SALT students will engage today’s youth culture, serve those in need, be equipped with crisis training and plan Bible studies, all under the guidance of HoneyRock staff and Wheaton College professors.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Opportunities
  • Work in cooperation with the Coordinator and Team Leader to plan and lead program elements.
  • Promote the safety, health, and spiritual/personal growth of a cabin of high school students for 4+ weeks.
  • Maintain personal health and energy to meet the demands of a 24/7 program.
  • Plan and lead program elements for small groups and cabins (morning devotions/Bible study/worship/fun events/group building) individually and as part of a team.
  • Facilitate the development of your small group, cabin, and large groups as safe, supportive, and healing communities.
  • Supervise camper free time. Be available and present.
  • Intentionally disciple campers through 1:1 meetings and daily life together.
  • Share your own story and life with your small group and cabin.
  • Partner with the Coordinator and Team Leader to address disciplinary issues.
  • Work alongside your campers in barn/kitchen/grounds/construction/ housekeeping/trip prep.
  • Lead off-camp projects in cooperation with community partners (kids camp/trail work/transitional housing/community garden/etc.)
  • Drive 15-passenger van to transport campers.
  • Maintain cabin cleanliness alongside your campers.
  • Engage in intentional times of prayer for campers, each other, and HoneyRock.
  • Work with the Holy Spirit to help campers & staff experience God’s love.
Skills and Requirements

1. Personal commitment to and relationship with Jesus. 
2. Previous ministry experience, preferably with high school students. 
3. First Aid/CPR training (available during staff training). 
4. Water Safety training (available during staff training). 
5. Driver’s License (preferred).

Next Steps:

Apply online today!

Are you an education major, love the outdoors, and enjoy teaching children new things? If so, then you should consider an internship opportunity as the Activity Area Instructor. The Activity Area Instructor Internship at HoneyRock provides hands-on field experience working with campers between 3rd and 12th grade at Wheaton College’s Outdoor Center for Leadership Development. Work alongside HoneyRock’s Summer Leadership School (SLS) alongside Wheaton College students and staff.

Activity Staff are responsible for the equipment maintenance, area supervision, staff training, and camper instruction in HoneyRock’s activity areas. We hire staff to run the following areas: Archery, Riflery, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Arts & Crafts, Ceramics, Drama, Wilderness Skills, Canoeing, Sailing, Swimming, Waterskiing, Kayaking, and Lifeguarding. This staff serves all camper programs and guests of HoneyRock. Other parts of a day’s work include lifeguarding, equipment and area maintenance, managing campers and SLS counselors, and assisting with other activities as needed.  

Camp activities are a key part of the entire summer camp experience – it is a place where campers have fun, gain confidence, learn about success and failure, encourage one another, and learn new skills.  As activity staff, you will have the chance to have a formative role in a young camper’s life.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Develop several teaching curriculum plans for various age groups and skill levels
  • Design daily lesson plans for multiple age groups ranging from 3rd-12th graders
  • Provide age and skill level appropriate instruction
  • Differentiate lesson plans for different learning needs
  • Employ experiential education practices to activity area techniques
  • Teach and monitor safety protocol
  • Facilitate recreational experiences
  • Receive feedback from supervisors on teaching methods and opportunities for further growth
  • Practice group management techniques with small class sizes

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Christian Education, Educational Studies, Religious Studies, and Children’s Ministry
    • These degrees are available at Wheaton College, Moody Bible Institute, Taylor University, Westmont College, and Huntington University
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required
  • Lifeguard certification required and provided on-site for all activity staff. Training is provided to orient staff to HoneyRock and the specifics of your area

Next Steps:

Apply online today!

Supervisor: Cole Sommi, Activity Staff Program Coordinator

The Recreational Ministry Internship at HoneyRock provides hands-on field experience in specific activity areas during our seven weeks of camp. Nearly 1,000 campers come each summer to our outdoor adventure-based leadership development Summer Camp. Receive training in Leisure and Recreation Management while working with campers from 3rd to 12th grade.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:
  • Train assistant instructors
  • Provide age appropriate instruction and facilitate recreational experiences
  • Teach and monitor safety protocol
  • Inspect and maintain equipment
  • Become certified as a professional rescuer through the American Red Cross Lifeguard/First Aid/CPR/AED course
  • Receive leadership and area-specific training
  • Possible certification opportunities, depending on activity area, include but are no limited to:
    • Wisconsin Boater Safety certification (available to all interns)
    • Swift Water Rescue Training (possibly ACA)
    • Top-rope climbing instruction (through Challenge Quest)
    • NRA Basic Rifle Course**
    • USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Certification**
    • WFA for wilderness skills position**
    • IMBA instructor certification program**

**These certifications are not currently offered, but may be in the future. They are options to be explored.

Skills and Requirements: 
  • Applicable Academic Majors: Leisure Studies, Outdoor Leadership Ministries, Recreation and Sport Management, Christian Education, Applied Health Science, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, or Sport Management
    • These degrees are available at Wheaton, Ouachita Baptist University, John Brown University, Taylor University, and many others.
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required
Next Steps:

Apply online today!

This is a paid internship. The five weeks of training are not paid; pay begins with the start of camp sessions.

Operations Internships

The Construction Management Internship provides hands-on experience in construction while working at HoneyRock’s facility, which covers over 800 acres in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Ladder Safety Training
  • OSHA 10-Hour Training (online)
  • Hands-on experience within a variety of building trades, especially carpentry
  • Project Tracking management for a list of summer projects
  • Estimation of time and materials, perform takeoffs
  • Project Budget creation and management
  • Project Scheduling creation and management
  • Project Management via day-to-day oversight of in-house staff and outside contractors
  • Leadership and responsibility development
  • Visits to outside construction jobsites

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Construction Management
    • This degree is available at John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR), Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa), California Baptist University (Riverside, CA), Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI), University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and University of Michigan
  • If interested to lead construction projects in a missions context, a major in Christian Formation & Ministry (Wheaton College) or Christian Educational Ministries (Taylor University) would be appropriate
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

Next Steps:

Apply online today! Only one position is available.

Supervisor: George Polcaster, Construction Manager

The Forestry/Land Management Internship at HoneyRock provides hands-on field experience managing the grounds of our 900 acres site in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The grounds include both developed areas and forestland containing trails, campsites, etc.

Role Responsibilities and Opportunities:

  • Primary responsibility will be with hazard tree management
  • Basic chainsaw safety certification
  • Exposure to advanced timber falling techniques
  • Equipment training with front-end leader/backhoe, skid steer and various attachments, industrial wood chipper, log splitters, commercial mowing equipment, etc
  • GPS and GIS applications may be used to support some fieldwork depending on applicant’s experience
  • Interaction with local foresters and resource management professionals
  • Possible summer visits to USFS recreation sites, WIDNR Ranger Station in Rhinelander, and other local camps

Skills and Requirements:

  • Applicable Academic Majors: Land Resource Management, Forest Management, Urban Forestry, Forest Recreation, Environmental Science
    • These degrees are available at University WI Stevens Point and UW Madison, Michigan Tech, Wheaton College, or any other school with Environmental Science
  • Prior knowledge and skills training is recommended, but not required

Next Steps:

Apply online today! Only one position is available.

Supervisor: Scott Eppler, Program Maintenance & Grounds Manager

Internships are available for a wide variety of majors. Let us work with you and your college or university to ensure that your internship requirements are met. You will benefit by… 

• Gaining real-world hands on experience 
• Developing marketable skills in a variety of professional fields 
• Exploring potential career options 
• Growing in personal and relational competencies desired by employers 
• Deepening your relationship with Christ through an authentic community and experiences in creation.


We offer two types of internship in this area: Exploratory and Capstone. 
 

Consider an Exploratory Internship ... if you want to take your education and apply it in real-world situations. In an exploratory internship, you begin to evaluate how well your skills and interests align to your chosen field. 

Consider a Capstone Internship ... if you want to build expertise in your chosen field. You begin building significant experience that will translate into strong resume differentiators, preparing you for work or ministry after graduation.

Visit  here to learn more and complete your application!

Application deadline: March 15, 2017