Koinonia is an intentional Christian community founded in 1942. We strive to love our neighbor and our foes alike, share what we have, and be active peacemakers. We offer internships for those interested in seeking an experience in our shared life of prayer, work, study, service, and fellowship. It is not a traditional internship. Though there will be work assignments, it is not a “work” or a “farm” internship but, rather, it is more holistic in nature — it is an immersion into a way of life.
We welcome applications from adults of all ages from all backgrounds, faiths and no faith.
There are three main components to the program: Educational, Spiritual, and Service.
Educational: Interns meet regularly for study. The curriculum covers a variety subjects from environmental justice to Church History to fair trade to scripture to sustainable farming to peacemaking and so forth.
Spiritual: Koinonia functions as a house church similar to the early Christians as described in the Acts of the Apostles. There are daily chapel, devotion and prayer times, scripture reading, spiritual practices such as centering prayer, walks in nature and Examen. There is always a great deal of fellowship and breaking of bread.
Service: Interns serve both on and off the farm in a wide variety of ways, depending on the season and the ministries with which Koinonia is involved. The main ministries, which keep us rooted on the farm are hospitality, the internship and sustainable farming. At present, off the farm, we are involved with immigration issues, prison and jail reform, serving at the local food bank and more. We operate a professional bakery, have an online store and are always responding to the needs and challenges of the time.
Currently, the internship terms are seasonal: February to May, June to August and September to January. During the seasonal internship, one may apply for an additional one-year term. The internship begins with a week-long orientation, which includes learning about the history of Koinonia and understanding the daily activities of our life together. Koinonia provides housing, a common meal at noon on weekdays (also on some Saturdays), basic groceries for other meals and a modest allowance for those who may need it.
Questions? Katie Miles is a former intern and now helps others through the application process as the Communications Coordinator here at Koinonia Farm. Fill out an interest form and she will be in touch with you shortly. You can also email her at email@example.com.
Those interning at Koinonia Farm come from all walks of life, but for students, we are interested in building partnerships with academic institutions. Students at the following institutions receive academic credit and/or fulfill other requirements upon completion of their internship at Koinonia.
We also have partnerships with a variety of organizations who help us connect students and other people with our internship program.