Find your dream internship
Sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start looking for an internship. We have a few resources here that will help you get started. A good place to start is just looking through advertised intern positions and seeing what stands out to you/interests you.
*If there is a particular organization you are interested in, contact them directly about serving in the capacity of an intern for them. Don’t limit yourself to advertised positions. Use InterAction (website above) to take a closer look at countless organizations.
*Check with your denomination’s (or another denomination’s) international ministries department - many offer or will arrange for an internship with one of their cross-cultural workers. An example would be Global Venture, the international ministries department of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. They offer a number of different internship positions and will work with you personally to find the right fit.
*Use your network to find internships. Here at Nyack there are plenty of people whose parents, relatives and friends work around the world. Many would love to have a dedicated intern to serve under them for a summer or semester.
The Application Process
Once you have determined which internships you would like to apply for, the Application Process can be a rather daunting task. This page makes use of Nyack’s Career Services and offers quality instruction and advice on how to best make that internship a reality. Be sure to check for what a specific internship requires of you for this process, because the particulars may vary somewhat.
Writing a Resume/Cover Letter
Optimal Resume is a comprehensive web-based tool to help you create, present and manage your resumes!
Hear what previous interns have to say
Courtney Roberts interned with World Vision from October 2008- May 2009. She worked as a Research and Communications Intern fro Team World Vision, a program of World Vision that equips runners to fundraise and run races to meet crucial needs such as providing clean water wells in Zambia. She is now in the process of applying for a full time job with World Vision.
Advice from Courtney:
· Don’t sell yourself short. While it is important to be realistic about your skills and abilities, don’t be afraid to apply for that internship that seems more challenging. You’ll be amazed at the skills you will develop in time. I have no experience in the communications field but I was able to grow and excel in that area thanks to my internship, which has made me more well-rounded and is helping me in my job search.
· Think long term. If there is an organization you could see yourself working for in the future, INTERN WITH THEM. Finding entry-level jobs in the nonprofit/development/international relations field is not easy. Often the only way to get yourself in there is by working for free as an intern first. While you may think it’s too early to start planning ahead like that, it will REALLY pay off in the end.
· Don’t settle. There are great internships out there. You don’t have to settle for one that will take advantage of your free labor and have you filing papers behind a desk for months. While you’ll inevitably end up doing some of this grunt work, it shouldn’t be the only experience you gain. Make sure whoever you decide to intern for will nurture your growth and development as a person and not just use you for your filing abilities.
· Don’t wait until the last minute to start your internship search. That is just a BAD idea and you’ll hate yourself for it. The best way to make this a stress-free process is to leave yourself plenty of time to walk through it.
Jonathan Raber worked as a Reception & Placement Casework Assistant Intern for the International Rescue Committee during the fall semester of 2008. He worked at headquarters in New York City where he was involved in helping refugees from all over the world as they arrive in the United States and enter into the resettlement process. Working for the IRC has further developed his understanding of the global situation as he pursues working in international development operations.
Advice from Jonathan:
- View this whole process of obtaining and working at an internship as an opportunity to learn. Soon enough you’ll be going through the same process, only for a real job! This is a great ‘trial run’ for you, as you learn the ropes of the real world. Ask questions and listen carefully.
- Make connections. Before you get an internship, talk to the professors in related fields to learn from them and find out if they have any connections for you. In your internship setting, be sure to connect with people who are highly involved in your fields of interest.
Supervisor Evaluation Forms
At the beginning of your internship you will need to print this form for your supervisor to evaluate your performance. Completed evaluation forms will be submitted to the chairman of the Intercultural Studies Department.