World Next Door’s Summer Internship Program
Looking for an opportunity to learn about poverty and social justice needs around the world? Want to make a difference with your life? Then consider a life-changing summer internship with World Next Door.
Every summer, World Next Door takes several interns for a two-month immersive cultural experience abroad. Interns “embed” with local organizations and ministries in the country, live with host families and write as journalists for the World Next Door online magazine.
Each intern’s experience is tailored to his/her own personal, spiritual and emotional development. You can expect to gain or improve skills in
- Cross-cultural adaptation
- Investigative research
You will also learn about the complexities of
- Contextualizing social justice issues for a suburban American audience
- Material, emotional and spiritual poverty
- Poverty alleviation efforts
- Faith based aid and development
- Nonprofit management
Our interns are life-long learners, approaching the world with open eyes and open hearts in a spirit of humility. They are tools through which others will learn about social injustice in the world, and they will motivate our readers to become involved.
Interns are responsible for raising $4000-5000 to cover the costs of their trip (but will receive training in effective fund-raising techniques as part of the program). This is not a paid internship. However, we would be happy to work with colleges and universities to fulfill internship requirements.
World Next Door summer interns must be
- 20 years of age by June 1, 2013
- Fantastic writers
- Emotionally prepared to live in a foreign culture, away from friends and family
- Amazing under pressure
- Obsessed with learning new things!
And here are a few things that would be great for applicants to have, but are not necessarily requirements:
- Skill and experience with photography/videography
- Experience in international travel and cross-cultural interactions
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2013 summer internship. Applications were due February 15. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to announce that the 2013 internship location will be Phnom Penh, Cambodia! Our team will be embedding with ministries that are working to bring an end to the horrific injustice of sex trafficking.
Specifically, we will be embedded with WND’s partner in Cambodia, The Center for Global Impact.
The application for this internship will be available very soon.
If you have additional questions about the program, please check out our frequently asked questions page, and if you are interested in applying, please fill out the form below to receive additional information. We’d love to hear from you!
Read below what some of our past interns are saying about the experience and where they are now.
Molly Meyer, 2011 Summer Intern
From: Bettendorf, IA
Now: Studying Journalism and International Relations at Indiana Wesleyan University
“Through this internship experience, I gained an incredible understanding of the everyday joys and challenges of life in another country…Learning to communicate, work, and live life in an entirely different environment made me not only a more experienced writer, but a more experienced person.”
Jessica Shewan, 2009 Summer Intern
From: Marion, IN
Education: Studied International Studies, History and French at the University of Evansville
Now: Pursuing a Masters of Peace Studies at Notre Dame, concentrating in Conflict Analysis and Transformation
“Working as a World Next Door journalist was a transforming experience that propelled me toward a career in international peace-building. It allowed me to better understand the challenges faced by conflict-torn societies, and to see the ways local communities and churches are fighting injustice it on the ground. Instead of just reading about peace and justice from a distance, God showed me the hope that exists when His people pursue it faithfully.”
Lauren Schneider, 2010 Summer Intern
From: Indianapolis, IN
Now: Pursuing a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Samford University and interning with Birmingham magazine
“My internship with WND was really one of the best experiences in my life thus far. I saw God in so many ways, made really important friendships, was reminded of my/our purpose in life and saw God’s hand in the world… WND opened my eyes, and gave me a chance to learn about myself, experience new things and write for a purpose.”
From: Baltimore, MD
Education: Studied Creative Writing and Missiology at Concordia University Irvine
Now: Intern with Center for Global Impact in Cambodia
“[As an intern with WND, I learned that] God is always taking care of His children all over the world. We travel to learn, and we write to share the stories of devastation and restoration that simultaneously wreck and encourage our souls – with extraordinary hope that loving God and loving our local and global neighbors becomes ordinary life at home and abroad.”
Read Articles from Past Summer Interns
We’re sure you have more questions for us. That’s why we created a Frequently Asked Questions page!