Intern Program

Summer Internship Requirements

  • Currently active as a ministry leader in Young Life or other Christian ministry.
  • Past experience on Summer Staff or Work Crew at a Young Life property, or some other camping ministry.
  • Completed at least 2 years of college or are at least 20 years of age.


Positions for Summer Interns are potentially available in the following departments:

  • Baker
  • Cook
  • Guest Services
  • Retail
  • Office
  • EMT
  • Waterfront
  • Sound Tech
  • Parasail Boat Driver
  • Video
  • Maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Housekeeping

Summer Internship 2020

Each summer, Castaway Club hires between 13 and 18 summer interns who assist the Camp Staff in all camp departments. These are paid positions. The summer intern program provides a closer look at being a full-time employee at a Young Life camp.
Interns live at the camp all summer and act as supervisors and leaders to the volunteer Work Crew and Summer Staff.
Castaway will start processing intern applications November 1st.


How to Apply for a Summer Internship!
  • Complete an online Summer Intern application.  To complete the application, you will need the email address of a Young Life staff member who is willing to write a recommendation on your behalf.


Quotes from Past Interns....

"From the second we got here we've been included in whatever is going on around camp.  The full-time staff has been great at making us feel at home.  The experience has given me a great look at how a property is run.  Each department has its own job and for the camp to work right, everyone has to do his or her part.  There is no room for selfishness.  If I'm thinking only about myself, then I can't get my job done because it involves so many other people.  I have spent a good amount of time with full-time staff just enjoying their wisdom in different areas.  Each person brings something different to the table and I'm hoping to dig into those things throughout the year.  Overall, my internship has been so much more than I expected.  I'm learning a ton about God's will in my life and how He calls us to abide in Him.  My role is not to 'do' things for God, but to present to him the things that are already in my life.  I think I've spent most of my years as a believer trying to figure out what God's will for my life is and the whole time it has been the same...abide."
"Looking back on my internship experience I realize that it has molded me into who I am now, because I allowed the Lord to break me."
"I learned to choose joy daily, this being one of the biggest things that I learned.  You are in a place where some of the jobs you will be doing are not always glamorous and it is easy to let Satan get his foothold in that.  But being able to wake up and choose Christ and joy daily is a blessing beyond belief."
"The Lord has used the year-long discipleship program to totally transform my life and my understanding of true servant-heartedness.  Over the course of the past 12 months, the combined work element with the discipleship element of the program, have led me to a more ultimate understanding of the grace, mercy, and unconditional love our heavenly father has for us.  There's no doubt, that if you choose to present your whole self, with an open and willing heart and a servant attitude, the Lord will bless you abundantly, and be glorified through your time here."
Contact Us

Castaway Club
51709 County Hwy 31
Detroit Lakes, MN, 56501

CALL US: 218-325-3550
FAX: 218-325-3545

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