International Order of The King's Daughters and Sons

About International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons

The International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons, IOKDS, is an international, interdenominational, intergenerational Christian community with the International Headquarters located in Chautauqua, New York. It is comprised of approximately 3000 members. We embody God’s love to improve the lives of others of all ages and circumstances through service. Every day we are challenged to change individuals’ lives because people are vulnerable in this fragmented world. IOKDS Learn & Discern college interns, Clergy Renewal pastors & spouses, and vacationers in our Affordable Housing are passionate about their summer program experiences at our facilities on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. Amplified by the Chautauqua Institution’s pillars of education, religion, the arts, and recreation, our learning programs invigorate participants with perspective and spirit enriching their daily lives. At the international level, we award college scholarships to decrease tuition burden in the fields of health and ministry. Scholarships in any field of study are also available to students of Native American blood line and to third world students affiliated with Kids Alive International. Upon successful completion of their work, scholarships are awarded to IOKDS interns in any field of study. Locally, our 3000 members identify needs and lend a hand to children and adults for food security, safe housing, and physical/mental health. We also partner with local social service organizations who share our values of compassion and cooperation. Find out about our "Learn & Discern" Internships at

Jan 09, 2020
Learn & Discern Internship Program  Chautauqua Catholic Community Hospitality Internship   Internship Program and Place The Chautauqua Catholic Community (CCC or The Catholic House) ( is the Roman Catholic denominational house on the Grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.  For the 9 weeks of the Chautauqua season, CCC provides below-market accommodations for up to twelve individuals attending Institution programming; sponsors two priest chaplains weekly who celebrate daily and weekend Masses; sponsors weekly community “Socials”, seminars and other events; and fosters the overall spiritual, social and intellectual well-being of the Roman Catholic community on the Grounds. The International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons ( ) is a nondenominational, Christian service organization whose mission includes spiritual and career discernment and development of young adults at the Chautauqua Institution since 1920. The Chautauqua Institution (, NY, is a festival for the mind, body, and spirit where we listen, learn, and lead.  Over 100,000 people make up this summer community of curious minds and open hearts.  David McCullough, renowned historian author, describes Chautauqua saying, “There is no place like it. It is at once a summer encampment and a small town, a college campus, an arts colony, a music festival, a religious retreat and the village square.” CCC, IOKDS and the Chautauqua Institution believe deeply in the value of life-long learning and holistic development of individuals.  Internship Opportunity This internship will be jointly sponsored by CCC and IOKDS.  The Intern selected for this role will be housed and fed at IOKDS (along with 5-7 other IOKDS Interns), but will spend most of their working time at the Catholic House.  The Intern will report to both the CCC House Hosts and the IOKDS Program Director.   Live in the culturally rich environment of the Chautauqua Institution with many “off-hours” opportunities to engage in recreation, entertainment, the arts, and religion. It’s a “workation!” If you are interested in making a difference in the nonprofit world, this internship will offer you a sense of inter-generational community like no other.  If you are a team player, this internship provides you opportunities to collaborate with volunteers and other interns.  If you have diverse interests and can see yourself jumping in to learn and discern, this internship is for you.  Likely projects could include: (Project responsibilities vary each year based on Intern’s skills and interests as well as CCC needs.) Hospitality Functions : Serve as an assistant to the Social Chair for the Tuesday afternoon Denominational House Socials and for other social events. Engage resident guests in a friendly and helpful fashion to make them feel welcome Greet new residents on Saturday afternoons, assist with luggage where necessary and participate in weekly orientation sessions Circulate, aggregate and analyze customer service surveys each week Support of Worship Services: Serve as Sacristan for daily (and sometimes weekend) masses Non-profit Marketing Functions: Develop and implement publicity/marketing activities for twice weekly priest lectures Develop overall marketing plan for CCC and present to CCC Board of Directors during the Week 3/4 meeting Technology & Not for Profit Management Functions: To assist where necessary in the maintenance of the CCC website and suggest, where applicable, changes to its format. Assist Registrar and Treasurer in developing fully electronic room lottery process Assist Treasurer in weekly accounting activities, and in the process gain familiarity with the QuickBooks small business accounting platform Miscellaneous Assignments Attend two CCC Board meetings to learn how Not for Profit Management works. Be prepared to make presentations to the Board on assigned topics and to present written reports upon request. Attend assigned lectures designed to broaden the Intern’s Chautauqua experience Interview individuals upon assignment with the purpose of broadening the Intern’s Chautauqua experience. Attend assigned meetings to broaden the intern’s Chautauqua experience. Submit to the CCC board within one week of completing the internship a 500 word statement on the topic “What Chautauqua and CCC has meant to me.” Who are we looking for? Discerning critical thinker intent on their own spiritual journey and the journey of people of differing faiths and ages A student with excellent organization skills that can take direction and then independently carry out tasks A student with a heightened level of curiosity who is willing to engage socially with other people. Undergraduate having completed a minimum of one upper level course in their career field such as a major or minor in religious studies, theology, nonprofit development, or writing intensive study such as journalism, English, communications, and marketing. Public speaking and writing skill competency Details of the role 120-150 hours total beginning June 22, 2020 30 hours/week. Flexibility of daily schedule. Intern will use their own computer for data collection and file generation; flash drive provided Unpaid; however, Chautauqua Institution gate pass for admission to most events, housing, and food allowance are provided (a $3800 value). Upon completion of internship, opportunity to apply for a scholarship award. Educational/Career Benefits Informal access to network with business professionals and clergy on the Chautauqua Institution grounds; Opportunity to gain academic credit from your college/university with weekly, mentored career development seminars provided by IOKDS; Additional educational components include: Attend two morning lectures given at the Chautauqua Institution’s national platform and two afternoon lectures given by the Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion. Attend one offering concerning Chautauqua’s diversity mission. Write a reflection of each lecture. Interview with the Department of Religion’s Vice President or Director, or Chaplain of the Week for the Chautauqua Institution with prepared questions; written summary of interview. It’s best to apply today!  (No later than April 1, 2020) Submit cover email telling us what you have to offer and what you hope to gain along with your resume. If completing internship for academic credit, send a goals and objectives statement, so we can make sure this opportunity aligns with your requirements. Contact Mark Foglesong, PhD, IOKDS Volunteer intern manager;
International Order of The King's Daughters and Sons Intern