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International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons
34 Vincent Ave, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY 14722

Learn & Discern Internship Program

 (Internship Guaranteed: In 2020 Successfully Pivoted to a Virtual Internship Program. Should COVID-19 Pandemic Persist in 2021 We Will Offer Our Program Virtually)


Interdenominational Christian Program Planner Summer Internship

Goal:  Implement interdenominational Christian programming for Chautauqua Institution guests at IOKDS chapel/fellowship hall/and house porches.

  • Utilize research and design plan of 2020 Learn & Discern intern to initiate and evaluate four programs in the 2021 Chautauqua season.
  • Liaise with the Chautauqua Department of Religion office regarding their Abrahamic Program for Young Adults and the IOKDS Clergy Renewal program volunteers.
  • Participate in reading scripture at the daily Ecumenical Worship service in the Chautauqua amphitheater.
  • Interview leaders of Chautauqua ministry programs such as Women in Ministry and Knitting for Peace regarding their potential use of the chapel/fellowship hall for routine or special events.
  • Write an article for the IOKDS magazine highlighting how your internship may have impacted your religious beliefs, values, and practices.

Internship Program and Place

The International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons ( is an all-denominational, Christian service organization whose mission includes spiritual and career discernment and development of young adults at the Chautauqua Institution since 1920.

The Chautauqua Institution (, NY, is a festival for the mind, body, and spirit where we listen, learn, and lead.  Over 100,000 people make up this summer community of curious minds and open hearts.  David McCullough, renowned historian author, describes Chautauqua saying, “There is no place like it. It is at once a summer encampment and a small town, a college campus, an arts colony, a music festival, a religious retreat and the village square.”

IOKDS and Chautauqua believe deeply in the value of life- long learning and holistic development of individuals.

Internship Opportunity

Live in the culturally rich environment of the Chautauqua Institution with many “off-hours” opportunities to engage in recreation, entertainment, the arts, and religion. It’s a “workation!”

If you are interested in making a difference in the nonprofit world, this internship will offer you a sense of inter-generational community like no other.  If you are a team player, this internship provides you opportunities to collaborate with volunteers and other interns.  If you have diverse interests and can see yourself jumping in to learn and discern, this internship is for you.  Check out our IOKDS Learn & Discern YouTube video IOKDS Chautauqua

Who are we looking for?

  • Discerning critical thinker intent on their own spiritual journey and the journey of people of differing faiths and ages;
  • Undergraduate having completed a minimum of one upper level course in their career field such as a major or minor in religious studies, theology, nonprofit development, or writing intensive study such as journalism, English, communications, and marketing.
  • Public speaking and writing skill competency

Details of the role

  • 180 hours total beginning June 14, 2021.
  • 30 hours/week. Flexibility of daily schedule.
  • June 14 – June 18 Virtual Orientation (Zoom Conferencing)
  • Unpaid; however, Chautauqua Institution gate pass for admission to most events, housing, and food allowance are provided (a $3800 value). Upon completion of internship, opportunity to apply for a $1000 scholarship award.

Educational/Career Benefits

  • Informal access to network with business professionals and clergy on the Chautauqua Institution grounds;
  • Opportunity to gain academic credit from your college/university with weekly, mentored career development seminars provided by IOKDS;
  • Additional educational components include: 1) Attend two morning lectures given at the Chautauqua Institution’s national platform and two afternoon lectures given by the Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion. Attend one offering concerning Chautauqua’s diversity mission.  Write a reflection of each lecture; 2) Interview with the Department of Religion’s Vice President or Director, or Chaplain of the Week for the Chautauqua Institution with prepared questions; written summary of interview; 3) Develop and present a PowerPoint about your internship accomplishments for a group of IOKDS supervisors and officers.

It’s best to apply today!  (No later than May 1, 2021)

  • Submit cover email telling us what you have to offer and what you hope to gain along with your resume.
  • If completing internship for academic credit, send a goals and objectives statement, so we can make sure this opportunity aligns with your requirements.
  • Contact: Mark Foglesong, PhD, IOKDS Volunteer Intern Director;
  • Janet Laude, International President, IOKDS;