Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

PRIME internships in ministry & missions

What is PRIME?

PRIME general
“By being immersed into a new and strange culture, I faced challenges and scary situations every day in Bangladesh that only God could get me through.”

A unique part of the Huntington University ministry & missions program is the PRIME Experience (Practical Research and Immersion for Ministry Effectiveness). PRIME is a 7-month, full-time, off-campus ministry experience with intensive mentoring by an experienced ministry leader. Many schools have internships, but PRIME is unique. It will change your life.

The PRIME Experience occurs during the students' senior year in which they are immersed into field ministry settings for seven months, from May to December. Students who select any of our Bachelor of Science degrees must plan schedules carefully in order that the summer and fall immediately following the junior year may be devoted to this field ministry immersion.

To be allowed to participate in the field ministry immersion, students must have completed specific courses within the Ministry & Missions and Bible and Religion departments, designed to give them a solid base of practical and biblical knowledge. Students must complete a PRIME application and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major and overall 2.0 to participate in PRIME. During the PRIME experience students test their knowledge as they participate in the stretching internships. Students enrolled in the PRIME Experience do not take any other courses or become involved in other commitments that may detract from the overall ministry immersion experience.

How do I plan for PRIME?

During the second semester of their sophomore year students begin making plans for their experience. Students must make arrangements for their own transportation and living arrangements, though host ministry sites will be chosen in part for their ability to help facilitate this dimension of the experience. If you are a youth pastor or a director of a ministry interested in providing a PRIME Experience opportunity you can e-mail Dr. Karen Jones. 

What will I learn through PRIME?

Ask these graduates!  Read their stories of life-changing learning experiences.

Family at the center of one student’s PRIME - Jonathan McCleery '13

PRIME student ventures alone into the unknown - Lauren Kerr '13

Colorado brings an answer to a teenage call - Paige Wilson '13 

Student dances for love in PRIME experience - Joy Hersey '13  

PRIME deepens student’s love for ministry - Laura Fears '13

PRIME experience gives Grime ‘new perspective’ - Alan Grime '13

Stuckey finds fun, fulfillment at PRIME - Laura Stuckey '13

Serving in Sacramento - Nichele Powell '12

Rerouted to Southeast Asia - Shanlyn Johnson, '12

Youth ministry major enjoys the ‘waves’ of experiences on PRIME - Justin Sommer, '12

Doing the impossible - Ross Kilgore, '11

Learning foundations of leadership in Michigan - Matt Stemen, '11

Student gains new outlook on ministry - Kris Yoder, '11

Daulton ministers to children through DIVE program - Krystle Daulton '09

Gremaux discovers direction through PRIME - Trevor Gremaux '09

Darr finds her fit with youth ministries major - Lauren Darr '09

Pettigrew serves at World Impact Mission - Austin Pettigrew '09

Scally mentors high school athletes through FCA - Ashley Scally '09

Reid interns for Youth Ministry International in Mexico - Jon Reid  '09

Rodgers experiences challenges in South Africa - Katie Rodgers '09

Stampfl works with international students in Australia - Anna Stampfl '09

Wieckert finds ministry passion through PRIME - Kristi Wieckert '09

Senior assists Honduran women's ministry - Katie Razor '08

Student faces cultural barriers through PRIME - Megan Condry '08

Senior experiences PRIME in Great Britain - Andy Miller '08

Worship leadership in Wisconsin - Kyle Brenneman '08

PRIME experience proves invaluable to senior - Rachel Byrd '08

Gerlach gains ministry experience through PRIME -Matt Gerlach '07

PRIME gives Huntington student valuable experience - Josh Wood '07

Cross-cultural experience in NYC - Beth Waterman '05

Shepherding God's children - Christy Cabe '00

Full circle: Alum's ministry leadership proves faithful - Joe Webb '02

Youth ministry graduate moves on to national director position - Ramseyer '00

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Where can I go on PRIME?

Our students have gained real ministry experience across the United States and around the world:

 

  United States 

 International  

 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan

Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New York
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Washington
West Virgina
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Australia
Bangladesh 
Bolivia
Brazil
Chad
China
Columbia
France
Germany
Haiti
Honduras
Kosovo
India
Ireland

Kenya
Macau
Malaysia
Mexico
Nepal
Philippines
Scotland
South Africa
Thailand
United Kingdom