Internships are a longer and more serious look at a mission career, a specific mission organization, a specific team, and a specific country. They get you past the “spiritual tourist” level and, under a field mentor, immerse you in a culture for an extended period of time. You need to be at least 20 years of age and have the backing of your home church’s leaders.
Jesus-followers who are enrolled in undergrad or graduate studies often do a summer internship, but believers who are between jobs, self-employed, on a sabbatical, or who can otherwise get the time off, can benefit hugely from living cross-culturally for a longer time. You can be single, be a couple, or even go as a family!
We love interns at BMW! We have a number of families who are ready to serve as mentors and coaches in third world, emerging world, and first world settings.
We have two different types of practicums, which are actually the last two steps in our VIA Program.
An Internship typically lasts for 8-12 weeks since it is often done in the summer. If you are in a school where you can get credit for the internship, it can last longer and we will work with your school to meet their internship criteria. If you are not in school and can go any time of year, we will try to mesh your availability with the host missionary’s calendar and come up with a plan.
In an Internship:
You must be willing to pay for, or raise the funds for, this several-month-long trip and be able to handle the “opportunity cost” of lost income during that time. Remember that the support team who finances your Internship is often far more open to supporting you later in career missions.
Places where BMW teams offer Internships currently are Zacatecas, Mexico, Cordoba, Argentina, South Africa (Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and Knysna), Hong Kong, Berlin, Germany, Ottawa, Canada, New York City and Utah-Idaho.
Our Apprenticeships typically last for 6-12 months. This is a big step and normally requires you to leave your job or schooling for a year. If you are in a school where you can get credit for an apprenticeship, we will work with your school to meet their criteria.
An Apprenticeship is designed for those who feel the Lord calling them to serve Him with a specific team, but desire further cross-cultural, doctrinal, and culture-specific apologetics studies, more hands-on training in the art and skill of relationship-based church-planting, and further language training.
In an Apprenticeship:
Optimally, you will attend BMW’s Candidate Seminar for two weeks in July before doing an Apprenticeship, but you may also do so afterward. This step marks a significant undertaking by a field team to mentor someone into ministry in their specific context.
You must be willing to pay for, or raise the funds for, this almost year-long trip and be able to handle the “opportunity cost” of lost income during that time. Remember that the support team who finances your Apprenticeship is often far more open to supporting you later in career missions.
Places where BMW teams offer Apprenticeships currently are Zacatecas, Mexico, Cordoba, Argentina, South Africa (Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and Knysna), Hong Kong, Berlin, Germany, Ottawa, Canada, New York City and Utah-Idaho.
We’d love to talk with you about a possible Internship or Apprenticeship! Email our Global Opportunities Team or call us at 770.339.3500. If you have already spoken with the GO Team or a BMW missionary about an AIM or VIA trip, just fill in the fields below and click “Send.” Our Global Opportunities Team will be in touch.