THE WORK OF THE INTERNSHIP
The QuadW Missional Internship experience has six primary components:
1. Hands-On Missional Service
As an intern, you will be placed in a challenging ministry environment where you will do hands-on community ministry. This aspect will be a cooperative effort of pastors, congregations, and area agencies who focus on under-served populations.
2. Community Living
Truly living in Christian community is an incredibly challenging but deeply rewarding experience. During the summer internship, you will live and work with a large group of diverse college students, working out what it means to live our faith together. Over the course of the summer, you will likely develop relationships that will last a lifetime. As interns have shared in the past, “we arrived as strangers, but we leave as family.”
3. Spiritual Disciplines
Weekly worship together as interns and at host churches is an important piece of the spiritual formation. One of the other ways ongoing formation and disciple-making may take place is through a weekly “Life Transformation Groups” or “LTG’s” (groups of two or threes of the same genders who meet for the purpose of accountability, Scripture reflection, and prayer). Please note, whether through LTG's or not, a significant piece of the spiritual discipline of this internship is a commitment to a weekly Scripture reading plan and journaling.
4. Mentoring / Coaching
Time with experienced missional leaders to process field experiences on a deeper personal level. This will occur in a team setting as well as one-on-one.
5. Equipping Sessions
This weekly training is to help you re-evaluate what it really means to follow Jesus, move beyond a consumer spirituality, focus on the needs of the world, and prepare to launch future initiatives that contribute to the transformation of communities. The equipping sessions will involve required weekly reading and reflection prior to the group gathering.
6. Next Step Planning
Developing concrete strategies and plans for the future so that what is learned through the internships is applied in the communities to which you will return. QuadW is meant to be much more than a summer-only experience. Past interns have gone on to initiate bold new ministries in their own communities and serve as agents of change in the life of their student-ministries and congregations.
* An important note about accountability: Each of these components is important to the overall purpose of developing you as a leader. Full participation is required and a failure to fully participate may result in termination. We will work with a struggling intern to avoid termination, but for the sake of the other interns, we cannot allow individuals to opt out of any components as this has a very detrimental effect on the broader ministry and sense of community.
Stipend & Costs
Through the generous support of the WWWW Foundation, we are able to provide a $1,800 stipend to each student. These monies will be provided to you in installments over the summer. You will need to have sufficient funds to get through the first two weeks.
For programming purposes, we ask that each intern raise a minimum of $300 before the start of the internship. These monies can be solicited from your home church, individual members of your home congregation, family members, friends, co-workers, etc. We can offer guidance on fund-raising, but it is important that you ask for this assistance if you need it.
Other Important Details
What are the dates for the internship?
This varies from city to city, but typically the internship runs 8 weeks, beginning around the end of May/beginning of June & wrapping up near the end of July/beginning of August.
Who is eligible to apply?
College students who have completed freshman year up to students age 25. Non-students in this age range may also apply.
What is the deadline to apply?
We do not have a firm application deadline, however the application is very thorough so we encourage interested applicants to start immediately and submit applications as soon as possible! Applications can be completed online. We are currently in our second wave of selections (February/March time frame). The sooner you apply the the more quickly you can be interviewed and placed - with an increased potential of receiving your first choice of service location.
What food is provided?
We provide housing and your meals during the work week. Breakfast foods include cereal, fruit, granola bars, etc. We will provide everything you need to pack a sack lunch (sandwich meats, cheese, condiments, chips, fruit, etc.). Evening meals are a group dinner cooked by one of our local churches or other ministry partners, and there are frequently delicious leftovers for you to take for lunch the next day or to enjoy over the weekend!
What costs will I incur?
Any costs associated with eating out or buying your own food, food on the weekend, entertainment, gas to your work site (carpools cut down on this), etc. Living expenses are minimal and most interns find they are able to save the majority of the $1,800 stipend.
Can I opt out of any of the program’s components?
No. Unless there are extreme and extenuating circumstances you are expected to participate in each component of the program.
Can I get time off during the internship?
Weekly time off is from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning (or something comparable to this depending on the schedule of ministry). But even during this time the normal expectation is that you would continue in the community and stay the night in the group housing just like during the week. You will worship on Sunday with your host congregation and/or the community you are serving. You may be able to get permission to be away for a weekend during the internship. But that will need to be approved by the site manager and QuadW Coordinator, and cannot be during the orientation or closing week. Additional time off is not normally possible, but of course we will work with you if there are extenuating circumstances. These need to be brought to our attention as early as possible. It is not possible, though, to miss a week to participate in a mission trip, family vacation, etc.
Can I get college credit for this internship?
Some interns may receive academic credit for the internship experience. It is up to the intern to coordinate this with his/her academic institution to determine whether this is possible and, if so, the requirements. Some students have worked with professors to create an "Independent Study" while others have had the internship fulfill a field experience requirement. Whenever possible, we are eager to work with you to meet your school's requirements. Please check with your school and communicate the requirements to us as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.
Can I take a summer class while serving as an intern?
No. In our experience, it has been very difficult for students to keep up with the requirements of both the internship and a summer class.