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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few frequently asked questions about the World Next Door summer internship. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, by all means shoot us an email at  We’re happy to help clear things up!

I don’t have any experience or education related to journalism. Should I apply?

Absolutely! Strong writing is a requirement, but you do not need any official training or experience in writing—we have had interns from many different fields of study including History, Anthropology, Biblical Studies and even Animal Sciences!

What if I don’t have any experience with photography?

That’s not a problem. Most of our interns have NOT been trained in photography. If you do not have a camera, we will find one for you to borrow and provide you with basic photography training and coaching throughout the summer.

Will I have to spend any of my own money?

Interns are responsible for fundraising the money for the trip (between four and five thousand dollars) but will not pay anything out of pocket on the trip itself apart from any souvenir purchases or alcoholic beverages.

I am freaked out by the prospect of fundraising.  It’s impossible, right?

Wrong! It may seem like a monumental task to raise $5000, but you don’t need to worry.  We will provide very practical training on fundraising techniques and will walk with you through each step of the journey.  In fact, most of our summer interns actually exceed their goals!  Is it effortless? No. Is it possible? Yes!!!

Where will I be living? What will I be eating?

We believe there is great value in true cultural immersion. That’s why our interns live with local host families for the entire experience and eat the local food. Each intern will be with a different family that lives close to the ministry the intern is embedded with.

What’s the workload like?

World Next Door interns will spend a solid five day working week split between serving their host ministry and producing content for World Next Door Magazine. Throughout the summer, they will each compose articles, travel journals and/or photo galleries in addition to any projects or responsibilities the host ministries give them.

Will the intern team be together the whole time?  How much will we see each other?

For most of the summer, our interns will be on their own – living and working with their host ministries. However, once a week our team will get together to reconnect and share about our experiences.  We will also have a pre-trip retreat in Indianapolis, a mid-trip retreat in-country and a debriefing retreat at the end of the summer. Additionally, the World Next Door staff members leading the internship will be regularly “floating” between host ministries to check up on the interns. Past interns have said it feels like traveling alone AND being a part of a team!

Other questions for us?  Let us know!