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SERVE IN MISSIONS

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Applications are now open!

DO YOU DARE?

Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'" (Isaiah 6:8b)

Dare to lead. Dare to see. Dare to serve. MTW volunteer internships allow a deeper glimpse into life as a missionary. Some of our internships couple serving in the field with focused Bible study and mentoring. Think God may be calling you to missions? An internship can help provide direction and bring clarity. Dare to go. Join the story!

MTW Summer Internships — Do You Dare?

*Not all countries are listed. If you don’t see the country you’re looking for, use the region search to narrow your results.

QUOTES FROM PREVIOUS INTERNS

Lethbridge equipped me to better fulfill the Great Commission, increasing in me a love for those who have not yet “tasted and seen that God is good.” 
Hannah G (Canada)

I learned a lot about God and the Bible, and left with a lot of questions which have made me more excited to study Scripture and be curious about God, myself, my culture, and my relationships. 
Danny H (Bulgaria)

If you’re considering doing an MTW internship, I highly encourage you to take a step of faith and go for it! God will not let you down.
Annette K (Thailand)

You will be stretched and challenged, but constantly pointed to trust in Jesus for what you need to thrive.
- Ronnie M (Belgium)

FAQS

Internship requirements and preparation
What are the requirements for an internship?

General 
• Active involvement/membership in an evangelical church
• A clear testimony as a follower of Christ with an interest in global missions
• A love for and knowledge of the Bible as God’s Word
• A basic understanding of PCA beliefs
• Must be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen for most internships

Language 
Most internship locations do not require language proficiency, with the exception of France, which requires at least two years of college-level French, and Latin America placements where some level of Spanish is required.

Vaccinations 
A tetanus booster within the past 10 years and all routine immunizations (dT-diphtheria, tetanus; MMR-measles, mumps, rubella; and polio are required. Interns should check with the CDC or their doctor about country-specific immunization recommendations.

COVID-19 vaccination may be required by some countries/teams for entry and local ministry. Proof of vaccination may be required for travel to and within some countries. Vaccination status may affect your placement options. 

Insurance 
All volunteer (summer) internship participants are required to have a traditional medical insurance policy which will cover them for the entirety of their internship. If the insurance policy does not cover overseas travel, interns will need to purchase a supplemental medical insurance policy for their dates of service.
Training and Debrief
All summer interns are expected to participate in training before leaving for the field, including monthly cohort meetings and online training courses. And after your internship concludes, you are expected to participate in a time of debrief.

Application info, dates, & deadlines
How do I apply for an internship with MTW?

Thank you for your interest in serving on a summer internship. Once you've found an internship that interests you, click on the "Get Started" button in the description to begin the process. If you're interested in serving outside of summer, we also have other year-round internships.

Dates: Summer internship dates vary by ministry site. Most internships will run from June 1 - July 31. We have other options of varying lengths between May 1 and August 31.

Deadlines:
Applications for summer internships for 2023 will open on October 1, 2022 and are expected to close in January 2023 (exact date TBD). Sites fill as application materials are received and interns are approved. Apply early for the most selection. 

Living situation
Where will I serve and live?

Where will I live?
We will arrange appropriate housing for you. It may include sharing an apartment with other interns, living with missionary families, or occasionally living with national families. This is something determined by each team leader and varies according to each field.

Can I choose where I serve?
You are given a first and second choice for placement on your application. We encourage interns to be open and prayerful about serving in a different location in the event their preferences aren’t available. If at all possible we try to place you in your first choice. Our approval process is on a first-come, first-served basis, so if there is a site where your really want to serve, be sure to apply earlier rather than later. During the interview process, your candidate specialist will share with you alternatives to your choices if they feel you might have a better experience in a different location.

School credit
Can I get internship credit at my school through this program?

In many cases yes. However, it is your responsibility to share with your MTW candidate specialist and team leader your need to meet certain criteria and to get this information in writing from your school. You will need to assume responsibility for driving this process of meeting all requirements in order to get school credit.

Fundraising and expenses
What about fundraising & expenses?

Will I be paid?
Internships in our summer program are volunteer and unpaid. You will need to raise support to cover your expenses. Training in support raising will be provided.

How much will I need to raise to serve as an intern?
For our traditional summer dates (from June 1 – July 31), a total budget can range from $4,000 - $8,500, depending on the area of the world.

What on-field expenses are included in an internship budget?
Ministry-related housing, food, and airfare/transportation costs are included in your ministry budget. These costs are carefully determined by our missionary partners on each site. Once you are approved and invited to serve on your assigned ministry site, we will go over these details with you. Volunteers will need their own funds to cover personal expenses such as sightseeing or toiletries. 

When do I have to have the funds raised?
Interns are required to raise 100% of their support at least one month before they depart for the field.

What if I don't raise 100% of the funds?
If you are unable to raise 100% of the support in time for your set departure date, we will either revisit your departure date, look at other site options, or prayerfully decide the best next steps.

FEATURED STORIES

Get a Global Perspective: MTW/RUF Mentored Summer Internships (VIDEO)

RUF students have likely heard the phrase, "God is at work." This is true not just on U.S. campuses, but throughout the whole world.

Stairway to Missions: Kirk Norris’ Journey From Intern to Career Missionary in Ukraine

Many become career missionaries via an incremental journey of discernment, beginning their journey as interns. Kirk Norris is one example.

Broken Beauty: Finding the Gospel in Japanese Culture

What if there is beauty in that which is not perfect? In that which was broken and made new?

A Summer Internship Reveals a Surprise Call to Missions

What did I know about Ukraine? I knew it's near Russia and it’s cold. Still I found myself emailing the team leader for more information.