Have questions? We have some answers. Check our most commonly asked questions below or ask a new one of us through the contact form.
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).