Internship and Training Program

General Information & Training Course List


Fall Internship

The 2018-2019 Mission Training Internship begins September 2018 and ends May 2019.

Move-In Day and Orientation will take place between September 4 and September 7, 2018. Orientation will include signing of policies/honor contracts.

Externship placements begin after successful completion of the 9-month program.

Externships begin between 6/1 and 6/12. Externships are generally 3 to 6 months long, but can be voluntarily extended in some special cases, with approval.

Summer Internship

The 2018 Summer Internship begins June 2018 and ends in August 2018. It is designed to accommodate high school and university academic calendars.


The internship and training program costs $475 per month. This cost includes housing, training and some of the basic staple food items.

Interns are asked to come with Kindles or tablets with a Kindle app and are required to purchase all of the required reading for the internship program.

Interns who already live in commuting distance and will not need housing will pay $125 month.

The amount of additional money needed for personal groceries and expenses varies with the needs of each participant. We recommend at least $100 month for groceries and personal spending.

Training Format:

About 20% of the training program time consists of formal instruction and training. The remaining 80% of the training program is spent in projects and practical work experience with our Richmond, Virginia headquarters team. Most classes are taught in 90 minute sessions. Classes are taught by qualified instructors with real-life, successful cross-cultural ministry experience.

Special Projects and Activities:

In addition to classes, interns will participate in some activities and special projects designed to provide experience and learning in the education subjects. Some examples of the activities:

Training Courses Subjects and Objectives

The complete reading list can be found on Amazon at: 

1.  Church Planting

Required reading: Excerpts from “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement”

Learn practical skills for raising up groups of disciples (churches) organized around the

truth of the gospel. Exploring issues such as:

2. Missional Contextualization

Required reading: “Introducing World Missions” by A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin, Gary B. McGee and “Cross Cultural Connections” by Duane Elmer

3. Biblical Basis for Mission

Required reading:  “Introducing World Missions” by A. Scott Moreau, Gary R. Corwin, Gary B. McGee and “Cross Cultural Connections” by Duane Elmer

4.  Spiritual and Ministerial Gifts

Required reading: (Instructor’s discretion)

5.  Hermeneutics

Required reading: “How to Read the Bible for All it’s Worth” by Gordon Fee

6.  Leadership

Required reading: (Instructor’s discretion)

7.  Prayer

Required reading: “Let the Nations be Glad”, by John Piper  

8.  Language Learning

Required reading: Instructor’s discretion

9.  Long-term Welfare On The Field

Required reading: “Intro to World Missions” and “Cross Cultural Connections” (also required reading for Church Planting, Mission Contextualization, and Biblical Basis for Mission.

10.  Discipleship

Required reading: Instructor’s discretion

11.  Living in a Multicultural Team

Required reading: “Cross Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry” by Duane Elmer

members of a multicultural team:

12.  World Religions

Required reading: “The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Islam” Nancy D. Lewis and Jamal J. Elias, The Koran, and additional materials from instructors

Learn basic information about the following religions and/or traditions:

13. Social Media 101

Learn how to use social media as a missionary.

14. How to Travel

Learn how to travel smart! We’ll talk about things like packing, passports, visas, checking bags, and much more! You will be ready to travel anywhere!

15. Art as Mission

We pursue art and art gallery as mission.

Art as mission creates a space to invite unreached peoples to follow Jesus through and around the production and exhibition of art. Through the management of our professional art gallery, Gallery Edit, in the arts district of Richmond, Virginia and the establishment of new galleries in international locations, interns learn how to accomplish art as mission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do Internship graduates go on to do after the program?

That's totally up to you! Graduates of the program are eligible for candidacy as team members in more than 30 countries. Most graduates join a ministry team in one of those places.

Some graduates continue further schooling before going to the field, and others become engaged in mission mobilization ministries in their home countries.

When is it?

The program runs for 9 months. After the 9 month program there is an optional 3 to 6 month international externship working with one of our long term projects. The program follows a traditional university semester calendar for vacations and days off.

The optional externship generally begins immediately following the 9 month program.

We do offer an abbreviated internship program during the summer which lasts for three months.

Where will I sleep and eat?

Internship participants share apartments near our offices or are hosted in homes nearby.

Participants who already live within driving distance of our offices at 8 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA can opt to be a commuting intern in our program.

Interns in the 2017-2018 program will live in apartments directly above our office at 8 E. Broad St. in Richmond, VA. The guys share one apartment on the third floor and the girls share an apartment on the second floor. It is dorm-style living. Residents of each apartment will work together to create a budget, shopping and cooking plan for meals.


Where can I go on my externship placement after I successfully complete the training?

We have placement opportunities in about 10 countries in South America, The Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. You will choose where you want to go. During the first part of your training, we will begin to discuss, pray, and decide together about the best place for you to go.

What does the program cost?

The residential internship program is $425 per month and this includes: housing, some basic staple groceries, curriculum materials and supplies.

The commuting internship program is $100 per month and includes: curriculum materials and supplies.

Interns raise support to fund their short-term trips and externships.

Additional, personal spending money is necessary. We recommend at least $100/month for spending money. This includes money for groceries and other spending.

How do I pay?

Hillside Missions Organization directly administers the training internship. Internship participants can pay monthly. Monthly payments for the internship should be made by the 1st day of every month. You can pay in cash at 8 E. Broad St., by check or online via credit card.

Checks should be made to:

Hillside Missions Organization

8 E. Broad St.

Richmond, VA 23219

How much spending money should I bring?

You’ll want to have additional money for groceries, personal supplies, and miscellaneous expenses. We recommend at least $125/month.

Can I visit the office to check it out first?

Yes! We encourage all internship applicants and accepted participants to visit before a commitment is made to the program. This also helps to ease some of the normal anxiety that accompanies involvement in new activities and communities. It is best to call or email ahead to arrange a visit.

If I've been accepted, what should I bring with me?

You'll need:

Casual dress for the office is fine, but there will be times when more formal / business attire is necessary.

Can I work another job while I'm in the internship?

Yes. As long as the work schedule doesn't conflict with the internship schedule. The internship schedule is generally Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM. Keep in mind that there will be required reading and other homework to be done in the evenings and weekends.

Do I need a car?

No. But it's nice to have one if you can. If you are not coming with a car, you'll probably want a bicycle. Richmond is a biking city!

Can I ride my unicycle to the office? 

No. That's ridiculous.

Contact us:

tel. (804) 381-6750

Our office is located at:

8 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219