iWLM Summer Internship Program
Psalm 78:2-7- “ 2I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, 3 things from of old— things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done…7Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.”
Mission & Purpose
iWLM Summer Internship Program is an awesome opportunity for students to experience hands-on training in a fun, fast-paced, and God-honoring church leadership environment. This 8-week volunteer based program is designed for students who have a heart to serve in church ministry. The purpose is to equip students to excel in their skills, knowledge, and passion and making them disciples within the local church and to be effective leaders in the community. We aim to instill godly principles throughout the course of the program by setting high expectations that align with the Word of God. iWLM falls under the mandate given to Whole Life Ministries, in that all the energies and resources of WLM are dedicated to empowering the next generation and developing their skills as leaders. iWLM interns are primed to utilize the skills that they’ve acquired in this work-study program and apply them in their real-world experiences. It is our desire to train them spiritually and professionally for their success in the years to come.
- Internship Program Dates: June 1st thru July 28th
- Work performed at WLM provides learning opportunities and helps develop skills that are marketable in multiple settings. For example: shadowing and observation, attendance at organizational events and other networking opportunities, participation in community outreach efforts, learning how to use common software programs to design promotional materials, etc.
- Training and close supervision will be in place and in no circumstance are interns allowed to represent WLM without direct consent of their supervisor.
- Interns may shadow and observe regular employees to learn about the work that the employees perform, but should not perform those duties.
- Interns should not be given the responsibility to be in charge of a business, such as the bookstore or the cafe.
- Must be 16-25 years of age, Male/Female
- Solid believer in Jesus Christ as personal Lord of Savior
- Adhere to the Honor Code of Conduct
- Dress professionally (no shorts, tank shirts, jeans, etc.)—Business Casual
- Provide reliable transportation
- Required Reading: Lead Like Jesus: Daily Devotional by Life Bible Study
- Daily Reflections
- Final Internship Evaluation
WLM’s internship program is designed to expand the depth and breadth of academic and spiritual knowledge in any area of study available to the ministry. An internship can heighten the awareness of community issues, motivate to create opportunities, embrace new ideas, and give direction to positive change. A successful internship at WLM can grow interns spiritually while exposing them to real-world experiences in the work place. By the end of this internship it is our hope that interns will have:
- Applied knowledge, skills, and experience to a work environment
- Acquired new learning through challenging and meaningful activities
- Reflected on the content and process of the learning experience
- Demonstrated professional skills in the workplace
- Built and manifested positive relationships that will continue to influence them professionally and spiritually
- Demonstrated awareness of community issues
- Developed self-understanding, self-discipline, social and spiritual maturity, and confidence
- Developed strong networking and/or mentoring relationships
- Developed Resume and Professional Reference List
- Consideration for membership in a year-round student leadership team
- Certificate of Completion & Recognition Ceremony at WLM
To ensure the success of your internship, the following must be finalized before receiving your certificate of completion:
- Internship Professional Learning & Leadership Achievement Notebook (IPLAN) Notebook
- Required Reading
- Leadership Training (notes)
- 125 total work hours
- 10 MANDATORY Leadership Training hours
Exit Interview/ Final Evaluation
- The applicants will compile all the necessary materials to apply for the iWLM Internship Program: online application, two recommendation letters, and copy of his/her résumé, to submit for review. Any applicants eighteen years of age or older will undergo background checks before further consideration.
- The iWLM Internship Supervisor and Director of Admissions will review applications, interviews will be scheduled, and approval will be granted if all criteria are sufficiently met. The iWLM PRO will notify both the intern and the Staff Sponsor if the intern’s application has been approved, or if additional information is needed.
- If approved, the intern is required to attend a pre-internship orientation prior to the start date of the internship. This is the time interns will be exposed to all handbook guidelines, receive their iPLAN Notebooks, and meet their Staff Sponsor.
DURING THE INTERNSHIP:
- The intern and the Staff Sponsor will create the Internship Professional Learning & Leadership Achievement Notebook (iPLAN) collaboratively. The iPLAN serves as the syllabus for the respective internship field. Staff Sponsors should monitor the intern’s progress in the context of his/her iPLAN, and guide the intern’s academic and professional development to achieve the goals outlined in the iPLAN.
- Faculty Sponsors will conduct a Mid-Term Evaluation for the intern, and receive the intern’s Mid-Terms and Final Evaluations completed by the Internship Supervisor. Staff Sponsors should use these evaluations to help the intern grow in weak areas.
- Contact with the Coordinator of Student Growth & Spiritual Development during the internship experience to discuss the intern’s progress and performance is highly encouraged.
- Contact the Internship Supervisor should any issues/problems arise that need to be addressed.
- Discuss with the intern his/her overall performance evaluation. Review the intern’s iPLAN to determine how successful the student was at achieving the goals set at the start of the internship. Discuss the next steps for learning and professional experiences.
- Encourage the student to submit the internship completion requirements to the iWLM Internship Supervisor.