Have questions? We have some answers. Check our most commonly asked questions below or ask a new one of us through the contact form.
Can I do outside ministry in my free time?
By all means. Many interns get involved with a local church or other ministries in the evenings and weekends.
Can I drink alcohol or use recreational drugs during the internship?
It is TWR’s policy that alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and recreational drugs are not allowed on the TWR premises (this includes the Lodge and TWR guesthouses) and that no intern, under the age of 21, is allowed to use any of the above substances in any country where TWR works no matter what local law says. Interns who are found using or under the influence of such substances on TWR grounds will be disciplined with the possibility of dismissal. Additionally, fighting, violence, or possession of a weapon on the TWR premises may be cause for termination of employment.
Can I have tattoos or body piercings?
Since TWR works with a wide variety of ministry partners we expect all employees, staff, missionaries, and interns to be conservatively and professionally dressed and groomed when in the office or representing TWR. For example, small to medium-sized earrings and/or nose piercings are allowed but all other visible piercings must be removed (for example, tongue, eye-brow, etc.) and all large tattoos must be covered. No unnatural hair colors are permitted but colored highlights are fine.
Do I need to raise financial support to be an intern?
Yes, unless you want to volunteer. If you choose to volunteer, TWR cannot complete any college forms that use the word “internship” and you would need to cover all of your expenses (housing, food, transportation, etc.) and show proof of sufficient funds.
Do you have a dress code?
Yes. In the offices, the dress code is business casual. At the transmitter sites, it's more relaxed. In the offices, for men, this means that you should wear a nice shirt with a collar, slacks or dark tailored jeans, and dress or dark casual shoes. It is not appropriate for men in the office to wear t-shirts, ball caps, light colored blue jeans, shorts or athletic shoes. For women, in the offices, dresses, skirts, dress or casual slacks, dark tailored jeans, shirts, and tops that are modest, dress shoes, pumps or sandals with heels, flats, loafers or slip-on shoes is appropriate. It is not appropriate for women in the office to wear casual blue jeans, shorts, ball caps or athletic shoes. At the transmitter sites, t-shirts, jeans of all colors (without holes), any type of hat and athletic shoes are allowed. Shorts are discouraged.
How do I raise support?
Once your application is complete and you have been interviewed and accepted by the department or location you will be working for, you will receive a packet of information that includes a sample prayer letter, donation response slips and a document providing a detailed explanation of how to go about raising your support.
How is my placement for an internship determined?
Once your application is complete and approved by Human Resources, your resume, application summary and areas of interest will be sent to the departments and regions to match with internship openings. If a match is found, we will send you the job description to see if the position is a good fit for you and meets your educational needs (if applicable). If you are interested, the department director and internship director will have a conference call (interview) with you and if both the director and you feel like it is a good fit, then we will send you the Internship Agreement form to sign formalizing the internship.
How is the support rate determined?
Internship stipends are set annually and then adjusted based on the cost of living for the country/city of service. In addition to the stipend (from which you pay for your taxes, meals, local transportation and incidentals), there are travel costs, administrative costs, and rent and utilities that make up the total support required.
How much support do I need to raise?
This depends on where you will be working and how long your internship will last. For example, for a two month internship in Cary, NC, you would need to raise about $2,900 as compared with $8,950 if you did a three-month internship in Vienna, Austria! A complete breakdown of the support requirement will be sent to you upon completion of the application process.
If I choose to live in cheap accommodations, can I use the extra funds for traveling or personal savings?
No. Your accommodations expenses are not part of your personal living allowance (stipend) and therefore cannot be saved or used for personal expenses. If cheaper accommodations are found, we can reduce the total support goal but we cannot give you the balance saved as additional stipend.
Is my job description set in stone?
TWR works hard to clearly define your job description so each one should be quite accurate. On the other hand, missionary service also requires a good bit of flexibility so that the ultimate goal of the ministry is accomplished (i.e. getting the gospel out to the ends of the earth). To this end, we want you to be prepared for the possibility that you may be asked to do things that are not on your job description at times and that some of the things that were on your job description may not work out due to a variety of reasons (environmental, political, budgetary, illness, accident, etc.)
Should I send in my own money if I’m undersupported?
Please check with the internship director before sending in your own funds. You may be able to take a stipend reduction so as not to pay taxes twice on your own money.
What are the deadlines for raising support?
- For those that are traveling by air to either get to North Carolina or go internationally,
- You need to have at least 61% of your total support goal in to your TWR account 30 days prior to the internship in order for us to book your flights. We can’t wait any longer than that because airfares will go out of your budget range. If we get a cheaper than budgeted ticket, we will reduce your total support goal to account for that.
- Then, you need to have at least 88% of your total support goal in 7 days prior to the internship with a signed agreement to reduce your stipend to the minimum to make this internship work.
- For those of you serving in Cary, but not flying here or going overseas during the internship,
- You need to have at least 88% of your support goal in seven days prior to the internship with a signed agreement to reduce your stipend to the minimum.
- If you don’t need colleges paperwork completed for an official internship, you can go without a stipend as a volunteer but will need to show proof of sufficient finances to pay for your expenses.
- Please note that if other interns are over supported by these dates we will use their excess to see if this brings you up the minimums.
What happens if I have an emergency during the internship?
You will be required to complete an Emergency Response Form (that is given to the internship director and local supervisor) that contains all the necessary information about you (allergies, emergency contacts, insurance, etc.). Additionally, as part of their support package, all overseas interns will be provided with travel insurance that will cover all international emergencies, evacuation and repatriation. A copy of the policy will be provided. If you must return home prior to the completion of the internship, TWR will cover all the expenses from the support you raised.
What if I can’t do the internship?
If you raise funds and then are unable to complete the internship for any reason, the balance of your funds cannot be returned to you or your donors and will be used to help under-supported interns or go toward unexpected internship expenses.
What if I don’t raise enough money?
If are unable to raise sufficient funds, you may still be able to do the internship if other interns raise more than required or by a) taking a voluntary stipend reduction, b) coming as a volunteer (with no college credit) or c) reducing expenses (e.g. if we find cheaper than expected accommodations or airfares). If none of the above results in reaching the minimum required support level, your internship may have to be cancelled. If an internship is cancelled due to insufficient funding, the balance of your funds raised cannot be returned to you or your donors but will go toward helping others interns who have reached the minimum but are still under-supported. Historically, in the past three years, 98% of all accepted interns have raised sufficient support to be able to do their internship. We will pray that you are able to as well.
What if I raise too much money?
hen you reach 100% of your support requirement, you will be encouraged to tell your friends and family to not send in any additional funds. In the event that you raise more funds than are required, the extra funds cannot be returned to the donor (or you) but will go toward interns who have raised insufficient funds or to cover unexpected internship expenses from any of the interns. These extra funds cannot be used by you for unbudgeted items without special written permission from the Internship Director.
What is the application process and how long will it take?
Once a preliminary questionnaire is submitted on-line, links to an online Application and Christian Life History will be emailed to you, along with a Medical History form. Once all application forms are complete, references are requested. Assuming the references come in within a week or two, most applications can be approved by HR within three to four weeks from the date of the Interest Profile completion. Then, each region/department has two weeks to review the application, request and hold interviews (if desired) and then a full job description will be sent to you to review. Assuming that the department review goes well and the job description is satisfactory to you, then you should be able to start raising support within three to four weeks of a completed application.
What should I expect when I arrive in Cary for orientation?
You will be met at the airport right when you come out of the secure area by a TWR staff member. After picking up your bags, we will take you to the TWR Lodge where we will set you up in your room and give you a general tour of the Lodge. After dinner together, we will have a little fun getting to know each other (very casual). The next two days will be our full orientation and the dress code will be business casual.
What type of orientation, evaluation and debriefing do you provide?
All interns are required to fly to Cary, NC for two days of general orientation (paid for from the support you raise) and cross-cultural preparation (if applicable) before starting your internship or heading overseas (if applicable). This is a good time to bond with other interns and to be prepared for the internship experience. Once you have arrived at your assignments they will each be provided with bi-weekly (every other week) progress assessments and a final interview at the end of the internship. All interns are then required to return to Cary for a final debriefing, and re-entry training (if applicable).
What will my living situation be like?
Each location is quite different (see the location FAQs) but you may be living by yourself or with a roommate in an apartment or at a TWR lodge. You may be living with a missionary family in their guest bedroom or house sitting for them while they’re on furlough. We will and are committed to providing you with safe, clean and moderately comfortable accommodations. In certain situations, you may be required to take public transportation to your place of work but it will be fully checked out as safe before you will be expected to do so. If you live at the Cary Lodge you will share a twin room with another intern. Some housing situations are not air-conditioned (e.g. Bonaire).
What will my work environment be like?
For most interns, you will be expected to work in an office environment from 8am to 5pm each day. This can be adjusted with your supervisor’s permission. Some offices are air-conditioned (e.g. Cary) and others are not (e.g. Benin). You will often work in cubicles but sometimes you may share an office with another person or have a desk in the larger room. In Cary, we have two outside work days each summer. These are voluntary so you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to or your supervisor wants you to work in the office.
Why do I need to raise support?
As with most missionary organizations, we rely on the generous donations of God’s people to provide for God’s work. Jesus, himself, was supported by those who could provide for his and his disciple’s needs. US labor law requires us to pay you. But in order for us to pay you, we will need you to raise the funds. Therefore, all interns, unless they volunteer (see above), are required to raise financial support (with our help, of course).
Will I be able to save money from the summer?
Most interns who live moderately are able to save a good portion of their stipend. We cannot guarantee this amount as it is up to you as to how you choose to spend your stipend.
Will I have access to a vehicle for personal use?
Maybe. This is not guaranteed so please don’t come expecting this. At some locations, TWR does have a vehicle that can be checked out for personal use but you would be expected to pay the per-mile rate.
Are you ready to take a step of faith and begin the application process for an internship? Please complete an Interest Profile to begin. Thank you.