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We practice what we preach.

If DM activities are intense, challenging and rewarding-- pushing participants to become more then they thought possible, then DM internships are the next level of intensity. Interns become teachers here, and teachers must practice what they teach by enduring their own intense experiences. Since they are instructors-in-training, interns will be charged with pushing themselves and participants towards spiritual, mental and physical growth. 

DM internships are rich, learning experiences, full of variety. Interns will develop hard skills related to outdoor leadership and soft skills related to group dynamics. In addition, interns will join the staff in promoting DM's mission and physical maintenance. This includes cleaning bathrooms, repairing buildings, public-relations projects and more. Our foremost aim is for interns to become dynamic, Christian leaders in their future endeavors. DM provides a glorious training ground.

Interpersonal Skills
  • Spiritual Discernment
  • Applying Biblical Texts
  • Discipleship
  • Group Facilitation
  • Conflict-Management(Thomas-Kilmann)
  • MBTI Personality Profiling
  • Experiential Teaching Techniques(Kolb, Kalisch)
  • Reflective Listening(EMI)
  • Group Processing(Ruddy and Jacobsen, Simpson Miller and Bocher)
  • Group Dynamics(Tuckman, Kalisch)
Technical Skills
  • Canoeing
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • High Ropes(ACCT)
  • Low Ropes
  • Orienteering
  • and more....

Click here to fill out an application.

By not knowing the trails or the itinerary or the plan, I must live out the week not day by day but moment by moment. It reminded me of the Psalmist "thy Word is a light unto my path". Sometimes God only reveals our journey a few steps at a time. Like night hiking with flashlights. But we are together and we have our daily bread and we have our maps and compasses and we have God that is enough. - Steve Johnson, YM, Osage Hills Christian Church, OK
I think challenge is something that pushes you beyond what you're used to or what you think you can do. It is something that requires added effort or skill, beyond what would be normal; maybe even outside help. It pushes us to our limits, sometimes even further than what we think our limits are! It teaches us by making us rely on outside help, or find something within us we didn't know was there. - Participant from Ozark Christian College Challenge Expedition