The Young Life NYC/LI
Summer Staff Internship Program

Gain Experience While earning financial stipend

This is a 3-4 week long experience at Lake Champion, a Young Life property. This program is designed for those who have completed at least one year of college (or are one year removed from high school and are not older than 22 years old). Summer Staff serve campers in roles that require considerable maturity and non-verbal witness of the impact of our Christian faith on our lives. Positions include but are not limited to: staffing the ropes course, climbing wall, lifeguards, boat drivers, landscaping, maintenance, sound tech, retail/snack bar, cooking and baking, and running the waterfront.

If you are looking for opportunities to gain work experience that will prepare you for life beyond college, Summer Staff can provide these experiences as well as the chance to build new friendships and grow in your faith. Depending on your college or university, this may also fulfill requirements for a college internship.


For those who financially qualify, you may apply for a $750 financial stipend to help mitigate this month away from your other sources of employment.

How to Apply for a Financial Stipend

  1. Please click on the first button below to apply for the NYC/LI need-based Summer Staff Internship Program. This does not complete your application process as you also need to complete #2 in this list


2. Click on the second button below to fill out the national Summer Staff application. You will need to be accepted both by Lake Champion and by the NYC/LI Internship program to be part of this initiative. Make sure to apply for either 2nd or 3rd session at Lake Champion. In the Summer Staff Application Process, you will either enter one of these two dates for Lake Champion:

June 26-July 20 (session 2) or

July 21-August 6 (Session 3)

FYI - Requirements for the fulfillment of this internship

  • Participating virtually in the three prep sessions of the pre-Summer Staff experience hosted by NYC/LI Young Life Staff.


  • Qualifying for need-based financial aid at your college or university. Examples include receiving the Pell Grant and or the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) in your financial aid package.
  • You are a student that does not receive need-based financial aid, but you have an extenuating financial circumstance that would qualify you to receive the stipend for this internship. 


  • You are not a student, but you have an extenuating financial circumstance that would qualify you to receive the stipend for this internship. 


  • Completing the post summer staff evaluation.

How to Apply for Summer Staff

You must complete BOTH the NYC/LI form and the national

Summer Staff Application to be considered for this internship.

THE Young Life New York City/LI 
Summer Staff Internship Program

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