Internship abroad provides an excellent opportunity for global learning and gaining valuable career experience. Immersed in ministry, you will work with the poor and disadvantaged to make a significant impact in their lives. An internship is the most effective way to change lives since you’ll be fully focused on the work of the ministry, and serving for several weeks or months gives you the time needed to really make a lasting difference.

For some students, the thought of serving an internship abroad seems too adventurous. Getting a visa, traveling overseas to a different culture with a foreign language – suffice it to say, it can be intimidating. But those who go state that their internship experience was the single most important (not to mention the greatest) experience of their college years.

Serving an internship with Blessing the Children International (BCI) is the right choice if you're looking for more than just work experience you could get from interning in your home country. By choosing BCI, you will experience and gain insights into the culture of Ethiopia and to the global community at large. It's the type of adventure and work experience you just can't get at home.

An internship is a fantastic way to obtain important job skills and international understanding. Foreign internships really stand out on a résumé as proof that you've had a unique, global learning experience that has helped shape your character. Through cross-cultural communications, language and problem solving skills, you will develop and display characteristics that employers want.

Our BCI staff will guide you through the process to ensure a safe and adventurous journey as you step out and follow your heart to serve a people less fortunate in Ethiopia, Africa. 

God is not looking for capable hands, He's looking for available hands.

We are committed to ensuring that you have a successful internship experience. You will work closely with our staff of social workers in Ethiopia where you will form lasting one-on-one relationships, both socially and spiritually. As you return for future trips, you will be able to continue developing these relationships and witness God working through you in their lives.

Visiting Ethiopia is like stepping back in time to a culture that is nearly as primitive as it was when Jesus walked the earth some 2,000 years ago. It's a rare opportunity to see first-hand what life was like so long ago, while ministering to and touching the lives of people in need. 

Ministry Site in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia

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Internship Types

We have a variety of internship needs in Ethiopia, including:

  • TEACHING - Teach at our school, the BCI Academy (core subjects, English, arts or sports). Learn more
  • SOCIAL WORK - Work hand-in-hand with BCI Ethiopian social workers. Learn more
  • MINISTRY - Work in local church programs and evangelism. Learn more
  • MEDICAL - Work in local clinics to help the sick. Learn more

Internship Requirements

Students/volunteers must be mature and resourceful individuals exhibiting a commitment to ministry and community participation.

Successful volunteers are those willing to step out of their comfort zone and be used where needed. It is essential that students be flexible, open-minded, and capable of adapting to new situations. A positive attitude, even in frustrating or difficult circumstances, is vital. Interns must have a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, and be committed to learning and being effective.

It's our mission to ensure that you are effective in ministry during your internship. You’ll work closely with BCI staff where you will form lasting one-on-one relationships, both socially and spiritually.


Traveling as an individual intern affords you great flexibility in your travel dates and agenda. You will work with our Program Director to plan a trip that fulfills your internship objectives, whether you are interested in medical work, social work, teaching, or ministry.  


We invite you to organize a team of interns from your school and bring your team to our ministry site in Ethiopia, Africa. We can accommodate teams of any size. To set up your team's trip dates, simply fill out the Group Application and we will contact you to confirm your dates and help you begin planning. We can handle all of the travel details to help you ensure your team has a safe, rewarding and effective internship. 

Trip Dates

Standard internships are 6 weeks, 9 weeks, and 15 weeks, although we can customize your service as your schedule permits. It is preferred to start internships following major breaks according to the Ethiopian school calendar. The best start dates for internships are listed below. If you're interested in dates not listed below, contact us to inquire about availability. 

Suggested Internship
Start Dates

January 10
March 4
May 6th 
September 11th
November 1st

Internship Cost

Standard trip fees reflect departure from an international airport in a major US city. If traveling from outside of the USA or if you wish to depart from an aiport that is not an international airport in a major US city, please contact us for a quote.

6-week Internship

$ 4,880 USD

9-week Internship

$ 5,765 USD

15-week Internship

$ 7,535 USD

Trip Cost Includes

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off in Ethiopia
  • Transport to and from Ministry Sites
  • Tips and Taxes
  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Translators
  • Project Funds

If you prefer to apply via paper application, download the Individual Trip Application here. You may submit by e-mail to, or by postal mail to: Blessing the Children International, 2265 Fraser Rd., Kawkawlin, MI  48631.

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