Gap Year/Global Intern Program

 Seize your opportunity to grow with God and make a difference in the world.
This is your time. As you move into a new season of life and pursue your path forward with Jesus, we want to invest in your development through engagement with global missions.

Our Gap Year/Global Intern Program (for young adults 18-26) seeks to bring together your love for Jesus and your passion for reaching people with God’s love by providing you the opportunity to experience several months in the mission field.  This is a great way for you explore the world as you learn how God is shaping your future.

Ready for adventure? Here’s how to get started:

  1. Pray about it
  2. Talk with your parents/guardian/family about the possibility of a gap year
  3. Review our approved partner organizations below and pick a couple that interest you
  4. Fill out our Gap Year application to start our conversation.

Approved Partner Organizations

World Race

Youth With A Mission

Experience Mission

Global Year


Greater Europe Mission

Becca’s Gap Year Experience 


What is the Gap Year Program?

The program is designed for young adults, ages 18-26, who are missions-minded and want to explore that calling in a deeper and more meaningful way. 

How long is the program?

The program is anywhere from 9-12 months.

What exactly will I be doing in my gap year?

Great Question!  Since you are missions-minded, the majority of your time will be spent on the mission field ministering the love of Jesus to people in desperate need of that love.

I’m just a kid, and although I think God is calling me to the mission field, I don’t feel qualified to be a missionary!

But that’s the point of the program. If God is calling you to missions, He will prepare you for that work.  And that is the whole point of this program. It’s the starting point in your journey. It is the response to the prompting of God on your heart that He may be calling you as a missionary.

How much does it cost?

Costs can vary, depending upon the program but Black Rock is here to help you! Black Rock can fund up to one-half the cost of the program. You will be responsible for the other half. Black Rock will offer a guided program to help you fund your half of the cost. This will be done by fund-raising and job opportunities.

Will I be serving with Black Rock in my Gap Year as a Global Intern?

As a general rule, Black Rock is simply coming alongside young adults in the congregation who are seeking to explore the call of missions that God has put on their hearts. This is done through an agency that has a predesigned internship established. Black Rock would be acting as a facilitator, mentor, and shepherd as we seek to lovingly guide you through your gap year/internship.

Who are some of these organizations?

Black Rock has put together a listed of vetted and trusted partners for your Gap Year/Global Intern experience. See approved partners above.

I have a lot more questions, what’s my next steps?

Research the trusted partner list to get a better understanding of each partner and their program. Fill out the Gap Year Application and someone will follow up with you. Keep praying about your role in bringing the gospel to the 2 billion people who have never heard of Jesus!

“Remember your creator during your youth: when all possibilities lie open before you and you can offer all your strength intact for His service…when you have many paths opening at your feet, before the weight of necessity overwhelms you.” 
Jacque Ellul