Food Services Internship
Fuel life-changing adventures while serving God and sharpening your skills
The Food Services Internship is a great place to sharpen your cooking skills while serving God and fueling life-changing adventures. Interns will be trusted to assist the Food Services Directors, develop new recipes, occasionally serve as "head cook," provide instructions to summer volunteers, mentor others, prepare food, clean up after meals, wash dishes, and uphold all Camp Bighorn policies. It can be challenging at times, but that's where the best opportunities come to support each other.
And if you don't have experience, that's okay. Responsibilities can be adjusted to suit your skill-level and goals for the internship.
Serve for the summer or stay for a full year. Either way, this internship comes with free housing and an awesome community.
Two Ways To Serve
Start dates are flexible and applications are available year-round. Once accepted, you are welcome to move onsite and enjoy all that Camp Bighorn has to offer. Housing is included, and meals are free anytime the kitchen is open.
Summer Internship: June 9 - August 18, 2021
Training + Eight Weeks of Camp + Staff Retreat
Applications for Summer 2022 are currently closed and the new application season will be opened again in January 2022.
Full-term availability is a key factor in selecting summer interns. Anyone expecting an absence (wedding, graduation, etc) should still apply, but note that you may be placed on a waitlist. Preference will be given to those with the most availability.
The Food Services Intern must be at least 18 years old, or have graduated High School by June 2021. If you are younger than 18, please consider applying to serve as Summer Staff.
Applicants are not expected to have all the answers about Jesus. They are, however, expected to display confidence in their walk with Jesus and show a faith that is rooted in God’s Word. These characteristics are foundational, and it is okay to share how you have matured in your faith journey. The Food Services team usually works on a different schedule from the rest of the camp, which can make it challenging to join other group activities. To compensate, the kitchen team forms its own own bible study group, leading spiritual discussions based on Scripture to help everyone grow more mature in their relationship with the Lord.
The mission at Camp Bighorn is to embody the love of Jesus and develop Christ-honoring leaders, so applicants should carry a genuine love and passion for God's people, both inside and outside of the Christian faith.
You will regularly work inside of a team environment, so strong people skills are necessary. This includes excellent interpersonal communication, an openness to resolve conflicts, and maintaining a friendly work environment.
Other skills: the ability to read and write in English, compute basic mathematic calculations with fractions, and a willingness to follow food safety policies
The nature of this internship is very active, and interns must arrive in good physical health. Typical activities include standing for multiple hours at a time, lifting heavy objects overhead, and working in high-temperature conditions. While these things are typical, applicants may still be accepted even if they cannot perform one or more of these activities.
In addition, applicants will be required to complete a medical release form before arriving for training.
Ideally, Food Services Interns will be returning alumni who already knowing the ins-and-outs of Camp Bighorn. While prior experience at Camp Bighorn is preferred, it is not required, and individuals with similar leadership experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
Beyond adventure safety, all volunteers 18 years or older will be required to complete a background consent form. This policy helps ensure all adults serving at Camp Bighorn are legally qualified to spend time leading minors.
While fundraising is not required, all interns are encouraged to share their passion for this season and invite their communities to send financial support.
Donations are processed through Camp Bighorn and are tax-deductible. Your donated funds can be used to pay bills, purchase gear, replace lost income, and so on. This is a wonderful opportunity to see God's faithfulness, and it's a step that every full-time staff member takes, too.
$1,000 Stipend (Summer Only)
Each Food Services Intern who serves through a full summer will receive a $1,000 stipend. Your time and energy is valuable, and this is a small way Camp Bighorn is able to say "thank you" for sharing your talents during this busy season.
At Camp Bighorn, leadership and influence are derived from from a person's character and faith, rather than their position. This value also applies in the kitchen, but it is helpful for interns to know the organizational structure and understand how others around them have been tasked with responsibility. Here's a look at the chain of command:
Executive Director > Food Services Director > Assistant Cook > Food Services Intern
Throughout the summer, Food Services Interns will grow more familiar with God's love for them, discover deeper truths about God's character, and leave with with more awe of His power and presence. Camp Bighorn intentionally creates a healthy, Christ-centered community where meaningful relationships can be formed.
Interns will also be challenged to grow through the passing of responsibility. This is an opportunity to develop humility and learn to serve joyfully in any circumstance. By this, we pray that you will leave encouraged and equipped to advance God's Kingdom for a lifetime.
1. Read everything in your application and answer thoroughly.
2. Sign the Camp Bighorn Statement of Faith, Staff Policies, and Staff Commitment Pledge.
3. Prepare for a phone interview, to be scheduled 1-2 weeks after your application is submitted.
1. Complete the Medical and Liability Release Form
2. Provide three references (Reference Form emailed separately).