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Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Jake Baker

 

  1. How long is an internship?
  2. Are there any academic requirements for doing an internship or International Intership (STINT)?
  3. How much support will I have to raise?
  4. Will I receive any training on how to raise support 
  5. What if I don’t raise all of my support
  6. Will I have any help and encouragement in the support raising time
  7. What if I have student loans and other debt?
  8. So what does an intern do?
  9. What kind of personal development can I expect at my assignment?
  10. How long does the application process take?
  11. What if my application is late?
  12. I’m debating coming on staff or being an intern. Which do you recommend?
  13. Who can I contact if I have questions or need help?

1. How long is an internship? 

Internships run 9-12 months from the time that support-raising is complete. The standard process is acceptance notification by April, support-raising until August 1st, and on assignment from August through May or August of the following year. The specific length of the internship will be determined at the time of placement.

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2. Are there any academic requirements for doing an internship or International Internship (STINT)?

Applicants must have a minimum educational background of a high school diploma, at least one year of college, and be at least 18 years of age. A college degree is not required.

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3. How much support will I have to raise?

The salary of a U.S. intern after taxes is approximately $1,300 per month depending on your area’s cost of living. This includes approximately $500 for housing/rent costs. In addition, the intern must raise support for Social Security and federal taxes, health insurance, ministry expenses, and overhead. So the total is approximately $3,200/month. This will be more if conferences, summer projects, or any other predetermined costs are added. For interns requesting an overseas assignment (STINT), the monthly amount will vary according to location. Overseas interns will also raise a one-time amount to cover airfare and other special expenses. The grand total of all support that needs to be raised is on average about $33,000-$48,000 for the year depending on your placement.

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 4. Will I receive an training on how to raise support?

Yes. After you apply and are accepted, you will be expected to attend a weekend training called a Kickoff Weekend held in your region, usually sometime during the month of April.

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 5. What if I don’t raise all my support?

If it is time to report to your assignment, but you are not at full support, one of two things can happen. If not much support has come in, then that might be an indicator that God is calling you to do something else. The (very few) people who do not see their support come in are still thankful for taking this step of faith and can see God’s hand in it. If you are very close to finishing, a short amount of additional time (two weeks) might be allotted for you to complete your support raising and still get to your assignment. Each situation will be evaluated on an individual basis, but you must be at full support and have clearance from your Regional Intern Coordinator in order to report to your assignment.

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 6. Will I have any help and encouragement during the support raising time?

Yes. In Cru, we call support raising Ministry Partner Development (MPD). During your MPD time you will be assigned a coach who will help you through the process. While this person cannot go on appointments, dial the phone, or write letters for you, he/she will give you weekly instruction and encouragement along the way. He/she will help keep you on track toward your goal of being fully funded for your internship.

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7. What if I have student loans or other debt?

Being in Debt does not automatically disqualify you from serving as an Intern. Our heart is to ensure that a person who takes part in the Stint and Internship program would not have a monthly debt payment that would prove to be a hardship based on their salary. We also want you to be in a financial position to join staff in 1-2 years as the Lord may lead you to serve with us long term. In addition, we want you to consider the potential personal costs associated with high debt which include greater stress and anxiety, a decreased ability to take advantage of opportunities, saving for unexpected events, and giving generously.

Part of the application process is to gather more information (individual loan amounts, interest rates, monthly payments, etc.), so that you can have a clear picture as you think through your options. Each person’s situation is different and will be considered as a part of the application process. It is our desire to help you look at the near as well as distant future in order to help be the best steward of your life lived for Christ.

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8. So what does an intern do?

There are many and varied intern assignments, so the answer is not simple. You will be involved in ministry of evangelism and discipleship – every day if you are given a campus assignment, or up to one day a week if you are working in the regional or national office. You will also be given a Position Focus describing your responsibilities and reporting relationships, which your coach will talk through with you.

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9. What kind of personal development can I expect at my assignment?

You can expect to have a coach to help you in ministry, to be part of a team, to receive training in your area of ministry, and greater exposure to the ministry of Cru.

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10. How long does the application process take?

You can apply on-line as early as November 1st. Once the application materials are complete and all references are received, the turnaround time is 4-6 weeks until you receive a decision. The earlier you complete your application the better.

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11. What if my application is late?

The deadline for submitting completed applications is March 1st. An application is complete when you have completed and electronically submitted your application and we have received all of your references. It is your responsibility to see that all these get to us on time. A March 1st deadline means that all parts listed above have been submitted on or before March 1st. We may choose, at our discretion, to accept some applications after March 1st – based on team needs, evaluators available, estimated processing time, etc., but we will not guarantee the processing of any application submitted after March 1st. The processing time for late applications may also be longer.

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12. I’m debating about coming on staff or being an intern. What do you recommend?

Both are great! There are advantages to either choice. Sometimes, doing an internship first is a great way to learn what it is like to be on staff and develop a team of ministry partners who will support your ministry with their prayers and finances. Internships are a great opportunity to go with friends, explore new places, and open up new ministries. Both have great benefits for you and those to whom you minister. If you have questions about this, we encourage you to contact your Regional Leadership Development team. They will be happy to work through the pros and cons with you.

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13. Who can I contact if I have questions or need help?

You can contact your regional office directly, or you can contact us at:

http://www.servewithcru.org/contact-us/

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