Learn & Discern

Orientation begins 6/17/19

The International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons believes that our summer internship can impact the course of your life. Experiencing work in the non-profit world and experiencing the role of faith in creating positive change is an incredible way to discern your future.

Because an internship with us also focuses on living and working among a diverse set of people and perspectives at New York’s Chautauqua Institution, it provides more than a college requirement. It prepares young adults to help heal the world.

Your Opportunities

Work with us and gain valuable experience in your career field.

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 is a “Workation!”

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.

Internship Descriptions

120-150 hours, 30 hours/week

Non-paid internships are available in the following areas:


Rising college/university sophomore, junior, or senior
For credit, must have successfully completed one upper level course

What We Offer You

  • Free dorm style living & food allowance
  • Chautauqua Institution gate pass($325 value) for admission to most events
  • Eligible to apply for IOKDS scholarship upon internship completion
  • Educational career benefits
    • Professional networking
    • Weekly mentoring
    • Chautauqua programs
    • Option for credit
    • Resume building opportunities

networking internNetworking with national platform speaker, Pamela Paul, Editor New York Times Book Review

Housing description:

As is traditional for Chautauqua culture, the front porch serves as a living room and gathering place at Benedict House (above) where interns are housed.

The main floor is the IOKDS international headquarters office and kitchen. The Museum is located on the second floor. Students share bedroom and bathroom facilities on the third and fourth floors. There is no elevator. This house is not air conditioned, but each room has a fan.

Days are sunny, but evenings can often be cool enough for a light jacket. There is no television because there is always live entertainment and programming. Wi-Fi is available. After 11pm, the Chautauqua community observes quiet time out of respect for others.

Office/meeting space:

Depending on the nature of your day’s work assignment, there is a workspace to meet your varied needs. At our International Headquarters office, there is a shared desk and computer. In our Memorial Museum, there is table top and seating for several persons using your own tablet or laptop. Available at our fellowship hall in our chapel, there are multiple round table tops with group seating to facilitate brainstorming and creativity. On the Benedict House porch, casual seating is ideal for collaboration.

Beyond these options, there are Chautauqua work space opportunities.

The new Dr. Robert R. Hesse Welcome and Business Center offers common lobby type space with free, business grade internet and Wi-Fi available on a first come first serve basis. This is a great professional networking opportunity. For focused work, you will find others working at the Chautauqua Institution library or Author’s Alcove off Bestor Plaza where Wi-Fi is available.

For a burst of creativity outside of four walls, you may find yourself on a lakeside bench by the College Club. Bring your own laptop or tablet for mobile convenience; however, we will furnish a laptop for your work if needed.

Food allowance/service:

Food options include the use of Benedict House’s full kitchen, Bellinger Hall student cafeteria, Hurlbut Church lunches, food trucks, and Chautauqua Institution cafes, coffee/ ice cream shops, and restaurants.  See chq.org/plan-your-visit/dining-and-shopping.


Chautauqua is basically a walking and bicycling community with limited use of automobiles on the grounds. IOKDS pays for your long-term parking next to the Chautauqua golf course. You might want to bring your bike or rent one on the Chautauqua grounds. Airport shuttle service from Buffalo, NY, or Erie, Pa is about $50 one way.

Where to Find Us

The International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons (IOKDS) is a non-denominational, Christian service organization whose mission includes spiritual and career discernment and development of young adults. The international headquarters is located on the Chautauqua Institution grounds.

The Chautauqua Institution (Chq) is a National Historic Landmark community on the shores of Lake Chautauqua. It is a festival for the mind, body, and spirit. Over 100,000 people make up this summer community of curious minds and open hearts. Renowned historian and author David McCullough said, “There is no place like it.” chq.org

     Apply Now!

E-mail cover letter and resume to:

Christine Dawson
IOKDS President


Mark Foglesong PhD
IOKDS Intern Manager

"It's a Workation!"

To read about our first intern, click here.


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