The Create an Internship form on the Converge site is very simple and self-explanatory. If you need additional time to complete the form, you may save the form for later and log in again to complete it. Go to ywamconverge.org now and get started. The next section of the packet will help you understand the complete internship from beginning to end. We work with you to find the right interns for your organization and your community.
The Converge Internship
If you are interested in hosting students for an internship in your community, you may apply today at the Create an Internship form at the top of the home page free. After you complete the form, you will receive confirmation that we received your application to host interns. The process of seeking the right interns to serve in your community begins immediately, including the following steps:
1. YWAM Reference - We will reach out to the YWAMer you listed as a reference on the Create an Internship form. It is very important that the YWAMer knows you personally and has knowledge of the organization or ministry you are seeking interns to serve. If your YWAM reference confirms you and your organization, we will publish your internship session to the site. (If you are not confirmed by your YWAM reference, you may reach out to us to find out what you can do to be qualified.)
2. Internship posted on Converge site - You will receive an email welcoming you to your Converge Host Dashboard. You will receive instructions to help you prepare for Interns.
3. Publish Internship Session on Social Networks - You may share your internship opportunity through social networks. We will too.
4. Prospective Interns will search the Converge site - Prospective Interns search for internship sessions that fit their interests and availability and apply.
5. Interns are pre-qualified - After we pre-qualify intern applicants, we will send intern applicant information to you for your review and final approval. You choose the interns that best fit your internship. No intern will be accepted without your final approval. (Note: If no interns apply for your internship session, you are invited to quickly and easily re-register internship for an additional session.)
6. Interns are enrolled in Converge online course - The intern is encouraged to reach out to you the first week of the Converge course, sixty days before arrival at the field location. You can then provide special travel information, and other important project preparation information interns will need. We will remind you of your role as a host, including the important few days upon your arrival. You are responsible for the enculturation phase of the Converge course. (Note: The Converge site has available resources to help interns find up-to-date information about health, safety, passport, and visa requirements for travel.)
7. You meet Intern(s) when they arrive at your location - You will arrange for airport pickup when student(s) arrive.
8. You conduct the Enculturation phase of the Converge course - You will welcome the Intern(s) to your community, help situate them in the housing you have arranged, and introduce them to the field project personnel. The Enculturation phase must include the following:
(a) Information about the organization, culture, language, and safety issues in the community.
(b) Clear, accurate, and up-to-date information on conduct, meals, local transportation, and any other logistics related to life in your community.
(c) Detailed information on the work site(s), schedules, and expectations of volunteers/interns.
9. Check on the Intern(s) daily and meet weekly - You are the primary contact for the Intern(s) during their stay in your community. Your willingness to show hospitality is a vital part of Converge.
10. Project Phase - In addition to the regular schedule assigned, your Intern(s) will be there to complete a unique project related to their field of study and the needs you and others share. Interns are instructed to observe, ask open-ended questions, and listen during the first few weeks. During the Assessment Phase, you may advise the Intern(s) about the kind of unique project they can complete in the time they have in your community. An Intern’s unique project may be to help start a business with a business plan or accounting system. It may be help planting a church, establishing an HIV/AIDS counseling clinic, or development of a health awareness campaign. The Intern’s project may be to install a water pump or a storage facility. Or it may be the development of therapy routines for disabled children in an orphanage. Interns may complete a project performing research on patient records in a medical clinic, or establishing a working pharmacy with donated pharmaceuticals. Intern projects could be to develop a nutritional plan for a hospice, or to create a curriculum for a school. The aim of Converge for interns to experience what it means to follow God’s call, and begin a kingdom witness through their life and work.
11. Departure & Evaluation - Before the end of the Converge Session, we will send you an email and a simple online form to prepare for the Intern(s) departure. Intern(s) must complete their unique project assignment and leave you with a full report. It is also important that the Intern(s) meet with you for a debriefing interview during their final days in your community. We provide some sample
questions to help you. In that online form will be a few evaluation questions we ask you to respond to help us improve Converge.
12. Continuing the Partnership - You may be only one of many potential Hosts in your organization. When your internship session ends, we invite you to re-register internship for another session and invite others from your organization to Create an Internship.