Hands On Learning

The YFM program offers you four different ways to gain hands on experience while taking courses.

Field Work Hours

You will be required to complete at least 15 hours of field work in every YFM course. We will help connect you with a local congregation, ministry site, or other youth work organization. The goal of these field work hours is for you to gain practical skills in working with youth and for you to begin to see and understand yourself as an adult leader among youth.


You will complete a 150 hour internship. Students have completed internships through leadership roles at camps, in congregations, by writing curriculum for a youth ministry publishing house, in afterschool programs, etc. We will work with you to arrange a meaningful internship that will challenge you to grow. Read more about Geoffrey Gill’s (’12) internship.


The Twin Cities are home to many congregations and youth organizations who are always looking for positive role models to volunteer with their youth in many ways. If you are interested in volunteering we can get you connected with short-term and ongoing volunteer opportunities in our community.

Part-time Employment

It is not uncommon for local congregations or youth organizations to contact us in search of a part-time staff person. Our YFM program has a very good reputation and these organizations know that our students love working with children and youth. If you are interested in landing a part-time job working with youth, then we will do everything we can to connect you with these opportunities.