About One Thing

The Holy Spirit is raising up a generation who love God with all their hearts, minister in the power of the Holy Spirit, and impact others. It is not enough to simply hear the call. The “yes” in the heart must be combined with real preparation for this great journey—through practical instruction, personal encounter, and spiritual impartation.

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A Young Adult Internship

The One Thing Internship is a six-month program where young adults can seek the Lord together in the context of a like-minded community. The central place of this internship is our 24/7 prayer room. Interns will also spend time in classes, serve in various capacities around the missions base, participate in small groups, and receive discipleship.

The goal of our structure and schedule is to give interns the opportunity to grow in confidence of God’s love for them, as they go deeper in the Word and in prayer. In a generation that is seeking purpose and belonging, we invite you to join others in seeking the “one thing necessary”—to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His voice. While each internship has a distinctive age group, length, and schedule, they all share the same core training components.

Program Details

Upcoming Dates
July 14–December 16, 2023
January 12–June 9, 2024
July 20–December 21, 2024


Singles, ages 18–25 (no dating during the internship)


6 months

Interns who successfully complete the One Thing Internship may apply to join our staff or IHOPU (the One Thing Internship is equivalent to one semester of full-time credit in our Forerunner School of Worship or Forerunner School of Ministry).


Domestic Interns

International interns

A nonrefundable deposit of $400 is due two weeks after your notification of acceptance. This is to confirm your acceptance and reserve a place for you in the program. Remaining tuition is due by the first day of orientation.

Cost Includes

All internship teaching, books, exclusive OTI internship T-shirt, activities, housing, utilities, and three meals per day.

Jakob & Georgina Pilz

One Thing Internship

Meet the Directors

Jakob and Georgina Pilz are the directors of the One Thing Internship at the International House of Prayer. They have a passion for seeing young people on fire for Jesus and walking in the fullness of their destiny. It is their joy to contend together in the Evening Section of the Prayer Room to see God’s power break through in the nations of the earth. They have two daughters who light up their lives!

Frequently asked questions

  • The One Thing Internship is a consecrated season of encounter with God and saturation in His Word in the context of 24/7 prayer and worship. If any of that makes sense to you, you belong here. The internships are also the best way to get trained and integrated into the values and community of the broader IHOPKC family and ministry, as well as an on-ramp into our University (IHOPU) or Staff.

    So, whether you are looking to take a “gap year” before or during college, or you are wanting to move here to plug into our spiritual family and ministry long term, the One Thing Internship is a great fit for you. Come encounter Jesus, have your prayer life transformed, and go deep in the Word of God with other like-minded young adults from all over the world.

  • At IHOPKC, prayer is at the core of who we are and what we do. Specifically, within the One Thing Internship, it is our deepest desire to see young people learn to pray both in the secret place and with one another. All of our classes, assignments, and small group conversations are built to help young people grow in prayer and deeper understanding of the Word, all in the context of keeping a 24/7 prayer and worship sanctuary.

    Throughout the program, you will also engage in different service activities within our church, ministry, and at times the larger Kansas City area. By the end of the program you will have successfully read through the entire bible, strengthened your prayer life, have grown in godly friendships, and gained a more biblical understanding of prayer and God’s desire for it in the individual lives of His people as well as corporately in the nations of the earth!

  • The One Thing Internship is designed to fill a full-time schedule that is not conducive to outside work.

  • Permission must be received from the Internship Director for anyone arriving late or leaving early.

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