Inquiry Programs

The Inquiry Programs (Camping, Ministry, Service) of Goshen College give GC students the opportunity to spend three months in a camp, congregation, or service agency with the goal of exploring the intersection of faith and vocation, while also developing skills for leadership.

These goals are achieved through active participation, observation of others, intentional reflection and the tutelage of an on-site supervising mentor. Read about the 2017 participants.

Learn more about the following programs:

Over the years host sites and mentors have expressed appreciation for the fresh energy, passion, and gifts they have received from the GC students who joined them through inquiry programs. The collaborative nature of these programs builds strong connections among the college, the host site and the student.

Registration Deadlines: Early-bird – Dec. 1!

Though we would love to provide placements for all students who apply, we are only able to accept 5-8 applicants per Inquiry Program. There are two deadlines: early-bird (Dec. 1) and final (Jan. 31). Students who complete their applications by the early-bird deadline will be processed (accepted or not accepted) first. Depending on the number of applicants in a given year, the possibility exists that all slots might be filled even before the final deadline. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the student to apply early!

Also, please note that you DO NOT need to have finalized placement before applying.  First step is to apply to an IP.  If you are accepted, then we will identify a potential host site.


Student Quotes

“…at the end of my experience I found myself considering working at a camp. It is a possible job that I am much more open to considering after this summer.”
 Anya Slabaugh, CIP 2015

“This has been a life changing opportunity. The overall experience has been unbelievable.”
–Mikhail Fernandes, SIP 2015

“Overall, my experience in MIP has called me to continue and hopefully increase my involvement in the church, whether that is in a pastoral role or not.”
 Eliana Neufeld Basinger, MIP 2015