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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.

INTERNSHIP

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 will have a mentor to disciple you spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and relationally through this more intensive, structured, and intentional learning experience
  • You will receive initial training in cultural adaptability, missionary life, and church-planting
  • You will gain practical missionary experience, pushing you to stretch your faith and to contribute to a project in a significant way
  • You will also get meaningful exposure to language learning with a national tutor (3-4 weeks)
  • If you are seeking to be a tentmaker (marketplace ministry), we will line up meetings with people, organizations, or businesses in your career field
  • You will have a debriefing at the end of the Internship, and create a punch list for your future reading and development

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.

APPRENTICESHIP

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:

  • You will have a mentor, or succession of mentors, to disciple you spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and relationally through this more intensive, structured, and intentional apprenticeship
  • You will do language learning in a language school or with a national tutor (4 months)
  • You will receive on-field and online learning in cross-cultural studies, culture-specific apologetics, Bible, and doctrine
  • You will be involved with longer term and multi-faceted experiences to learn, apply, and adapt your ministry philosophy and methods in real-life scenarios
  • If you are seeking to be a tentmaker, you will have opportunities to integrate your career skills (such as medical, construction, and agriculture) into the field’s strategies
  • You will have a debriefing at the end, and create a punch list for your future reading and development

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.

FASTTRACK FORM

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.