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Lakota Journey Summer Internship



The 2021 interns

From left -- Megan Busenitz, Rachel Whitehouse, and Anna Lang


Rachel at kids club in Upper Cut Meat

Our Purpose:

The main purpose of the Lakota Journey Summer Internship is to provide an accessible next step for those who feel the tugging of the Holy Spirit to explore their relationship with God and the Rosebud Reservation further. Many participants in the internship are strongly considering whether or not they may be led to live for Christ on the reservation longer-term. Others know that living on the reservation long-term is not for them but feel led by the Holy Spirit to engage further in the work that God is doing and to learn more about the communities we seek to partner with. Throughout the 8 weeks of the internship, participants live in a Christ-centered community and volunteer with organizations on the reservation related to their post-secondary area of study. Through it all, they seek what God’s vision is for the Rosebud Reservation and what their personal relationship with it may be. 


The Support We Provide: Lakota Journey provides for the basic living needs of interns. This includes housing, food and gas for their travel around the reservation. Interns essentially customize their own internship experience by developing their own goals and seeking out their own volunteer opportunities. In order to have a successful experience, interns must be courageous, self-driven and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives. Lakota Journey provides minimal structures of support to guide interns through professional growth, spiritual growth and relational growth throughout the summer. Each intern has a supervisor to check in with throughout the summer. However, the largest emotional and spiritual support of interns comes from the gospel-centered community they share.


The Financial Commitment:

$700 is the minimum financial commitment for the internship. Lakota Journey strongly encourages interns to raise their own support. After interns complete the summer experience and fulfill the internship requirements, interns receive a salary check based on their support raising. If interns raise $7,000 or more, 90% of the money raised is given to them as a salary. If interns raise less than $7,000, they receive the amount they raised minus $700. Lakota Journey requires that interns provide at least $700 dollars to the organization. If they choose not to raise support, they may pay Lakota Journey $700 directly.

Application Timeline:

January 1, 2022:

2021 Lakota Journey Intern Application will be available online! Download the application and apply before April.

April 2022:

Application Deadline: Out of respect for our application process, we ask that you have your application and references in to us in a timely manner, but this date is flexible.


April - May 2022:

We will have phone interviews scheduled near the end of April. We’ll schedule a call with you once we’ve received your application. Interviews last about an hour and help us get to know you and your vision for the summer. Acceptance information will be out approximately two weeks after the interview, so that you can begin getting to know your fellow interns and preparing for your summer experience!


June 10- August 5, 2022:

This is the complete summer intern commitment!


June - August 2022:

Lakota Journey Mission Week: Typically interns assist in supporting our large group missions week. However, in 2022, we will not be holding our missions week as usual. Churches instead will be seeking how to engage in the communities they serve at a distance or in a smaller capacity. Interns may have a role during the summer months helping to support church groups in their ministry endeavors.


August 5, 2022:

Intern Debriefing: This is the day we wrap up the summer experience before interns are sent off to wherever the Spirit has led them next!


Discovering the hope of God's vision in the heart of Native America

Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations

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