The International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons, IOKDS, believes that our summer internships can impact the course of your life. Experiencing work in the non-profit world and experiencing the role of faith in creating positive change is an incredible way to discern your future. Our internship focus on living and working among a diverse set of people and perspectives at western New York's lakeside setting on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. The internships provide more than a college requirement preparing young adults to help heal the world.

IOKDS, is an international, interdenominational, intergenerational Christian community with the International Headquarters located in Chautauqua, New York. It is comprised of approximately 2100 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 2100 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


History/Archive Intern

June 2021 - August 2021 Chautauqua, NY
“I really liked the atmosphere with IOKDS. There was so much love that was spread around and, despite having high expectations for our products, there was always time to check-in and chat on a personal level. ”

Marketing Intern

June 2020 - July 2020 Chautauqua, NY
“I loved the people that I was working with both fellow interns and supervisors. ”
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