Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates of Engage the Islands Summer Internship?
Interns must arrive by May 19th to our training site, and will return home around August 8th.
How much does it cost?
Expect costs to be around $6,500; this will cover all expenses for the entire summer. You are welcome to give to your own account to cover your expenses (or to someone else’s); as most people will not have the money to pay in full on their own, they will raise support through the donations of others.
What will I be doing as an intern?
Your role as an intern will focus around telling people about Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 that “This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Our aim is exactly that– to share the story of Jesus with those that have never heard that Jesus will return! Our desire is that in our generation all people in every nation would have a chance to respond to Jesus. What an amazing privilege and honor- to get to be a part of fulfilling the Great Commission!
Practically, this will mean two things. First, interns will work with local believers in their base city to connect with the lost and have conversations with them about Jesus. While this may take on a variety of expressions, (i.e., English clubs, sports, praying for the sick, etc.) our interns will look for spiritually-hungry people through sharing the stories of Jesus.
Secondly, interns will host, train and partner with short-term teams in outreach and ministry that come through your base city over the course of the summer.
What qualities are you looking for in Engage the Islands interns?
We are looking for Interns with a heart to serve others, a passion for Jesus and a teachable spirit. We are looking for people who desire to see God’s kingdom come to life in the world. We recommend interns have been on a previous mission trip with Antioch however, it is not a requirement.
What is the application process for Engage the Islands Summer Internship?
Applying for Engage the Islands is not complicated or competitive. We ask applicants to answer all questions as openly as possible, and not worry about “putting the best foot forward.” We want to ensure Engage the Islands to be a healthy experience full of growth for you and for the people around you.
The process begins with filling out the summer intern application and requesting references. The base leadership team representing your church will contact you after receiving your application and references to set up a short interview. Once the interview is completed and is prayerfully reviewed, they will promptly communicate with you the status of your application.
If you are applying close to the application deadline, it may be possible that your church’s intern base has been filled. If that is the case, there may be spots open on bases with other Antioch churches that would be available for you to join.
How old do you have to be to intern with Engage the Islands?
Interns must have at least graduated from high school by the start of the internship.
Do you accept married couples?
Absolutely! Each person will need to apply and interview separately, but Engage the Islands is an amazing way to experience God as a couple.
What kind of training will be given?
All interns will participate in a mandatory week-long training on-site overseas. The training will be May 20 – 27, 2018 and will cover a range of relevant topics. The training will be highly interactive and will be aimed at equipping you in what is expected over the course of summer.
What is the best way to prepare for the Engage the Islands Internship?
We encourage you to start doing what you will be doing on your internship now. You can do this by, spending time with Jesus in the morning, being active in your community, serving at your local church, sharing the story of the Gospel and investing in people that want to learn about following Jesus. Building these rhythms in your life now will only increase the level of impact on your life and your effectiveness during the internship.
What will I do from the time I am accepted until deployment?
Your primary responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Support raising*
• Filling out required documents in a timely manner
• Pre-field training assignments
• Attending team meetings
• Other tasks as directed by your base leadership team
*Please keep in mind that support raising is your responsibility. Your base leadership team will provide training, coaching and accountability, but at the end of the day you, as the intern, have to own it. You will want to be prepared to spend up to 5-10 hours a week in the spring on work related to your internship. It is hard work but God always provides!
Am I allowed to travel back to the US during my internship?
Unfortunately, because of the brief nature of this internship, we aren’t able to accommodate interns travelling back to the US and then returning to their base. If interns have events that they would like to attend in the US throughout the duration of their internship, we encourage them to process with the Lord and with community to decide whether the summer internship with Engage the Islands is what they are called to do. The alternative option for interns that have to be in the US for dates that would be during the internship, is to forego the internship and join a short-term trip with your church that will work with your availability.
How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
Each team member may have one personal item (backpack, purse, etc.) and one carry-on (small roller or travel) bag. Families with children will be able to check a bag. Checked luggage will not be allowed for the following reasons:
Logistically, we will not have the same resources that we may have in the US to transport people and their luggage. While in Bali this may be a bit simpler, it will become increasingly challenging (and costly) for people and their baggage to be transported to/from different locations.
We will naturally be a huge influence to locals in what we say, what we do and how we live. In the eyes of many locals, we come as incredibly wealthy foreigners from the U.S. As disciple-makers, we want to do all we can to remove every stumbling block that would inhibit the Gospel. We don’t want people to equate following Jesus and financial gain, nor do we want to confuse people by our ”stuff” (1 Tim 3:2)
Jesus gave specific instructions that we didn’t need to carry much with us when being sent out (Luke 10, Matthew 10, Mark 6). This is an opportunity for us to lay aside material comforts to answer the call of God. We are entrusting ourselves to Jesus knowing that He will provide what we need while we are on the field in the same way He provides the finances for us to go (Matthew 6:25-34). This is a great scripture to meditate on and a reminder of the life Jesus calls us to.
What if my parents have concerns?
This is often the most delicate and vulnerable part of moving forward as an intern. We encourage you to include your parents in the decision process of your summer plans. Rather than ‘’reporting’’ to them what you are planning on doing, invite them to pray with you about the decision as you start to apply. Listen to their input—they love you and want the best for you!
We are exhorted by the Word to “Honor our father and mother” (Exodus 20:12 ; Ephesians 6:2), and so this isn’t just our admonition to applicants but a command for us to follow. As a rule of thumb, if your parents are still paying your bills (tuition, rent, food, cell phone, car, insurance, etc.) then they have the right to make decisions in your life. So, honor your parents and include them in this decision with you.
If your parents have questions and concerns, please feel free to have them email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure they include your name and your local church in the body of their email.
Are internships with Engage the Islands safe?
We recognize that there are dangers everywhere (including the US) and that travel brings an added element of risk. We have worked hard to put extensive safety protocols in place. That said, Engage the Islands is not for everyone. In particular, all summer interns need to consider things happen we can’t predict. People get sick and accidents happen. Because we minister to amongst the poor and in remote locations, it is likely you will meet people suffering from a variety of diseases. To address the issues we face, we work closely with a variety of organizations on the ground to monitor political, health, weather and other risks in the regions that we minister. This information includes the U.S. State Department travel warnings. With our program, you are covered by a strong travel insurance policy that works closely with you to ensure you will receive the care you need.
Have any questions?
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