Converge is a student missions mobilization platform. Converge facilitates internships for ministries and organizations around the world. Converge is a listing of internship opportunities, a course, and a social donor management system.
What is "YWAM Converge"?
YWAM Converge is the YWAM ministry location operating in Ocean City. YWAM Converge supports the Converge platform.
What is a Project?
The Project is the culminating assignment completed by the Intern during the internship. The Project will be designed and implemented to address a particular challenge or need of the host community. The Intern will also complete a Final Report detailing the Project and reflecting on it. The Project may be, but is not limited to, a video, a grant proposal, a garden, a curriculum, a dietary menu, a social services handbook, a web site, or a PR campaign.
What is a Converge Internship?
Converge Internships are opportunities listed and designed by the host.
Who is a Converge Intern?
The Intern is a participant enrolled in the Converge Course. Young people from anywhere may intern with projects serving communities in need around the world. Converge is for young people (high school graduates to post-graduates in university) from anywhere. Interns do not need to be currently enrolled in college. Many seeking internships are recent graduates.
How does one become a Mentor?
Each intern chooses a mature and experienced person, preferably with cross-cultural missions experience, to be their Mentor for the duration of the internship. The Mentor meets regularly with the Intern during the Pre-Departure Phase to reflect upon lessons, pray, and discuss and plan for logistics. This person will continue to communicate with and provide feedback for the Intern as he or she completes assignments during the Internship.
Who may Host?
The Host creates an internship opportunity using the Submit an Internship form on the Converge platform. This person hosts intern(s) throughout the Session. The Host picks up and drops off the Intern(s) at the airport or other port of entry. The Host prearranges housing, food, and local transportation (included in internship fees). The Host directs the Enculturation Phase, meets one-on-one with intern(s) weekly, and evaluates the Intern(s) during the Debriefing Phase.
Who is the Supervisor?
The individual the intern will report to during the internship session’s regularly scheduled activity. The Host is our primary contact who will be responsible for all communications, airport shuttle, Enculturation Phase, one-on-ones, and Evaluation. Intern(s) will submit a Project Proposal to the Host (in cooperation with the direct Supervisor, if applicable).
What is a Partner Organization?
An organization that one or more Hosts may represent. Soon, the Converge platform will include a Partner Organization log in and dashboard to review all of their sponsored internship opportunities. And we plan to provide partner organizations their own searchable page of sponsored internship opportunities, which they may post on their own website.
Who is a Donor?
Anyone may become a Donor. Interns may invite friends and family to donate. All donations are 100% deductible and 100% of donations on an Intern’s profile pages goes directly to that Intern’s scholarship fund after processing fees of 4.5%.
What is a Passion Area?
Passion Areas are focus areas for ministry, such as human trafficking or pure water. Hosts select Passion Areas to describe their internship opportunity. Interns may select Passion Areas to narrow their search for the ideal internship.
What are the Fields of Study?
Fields of Study are areas of study or career focus, such as Health and Medicine or Media and Journalism. Hosts select Fields of Study to describe their internship opportunity and qualify interns they seek. Interns may select Fields of Study to narrow their search for the ideal internship.
How do I obtain academic credit?
Increasingly, colleges and universities are requiring students to complete various experiential learning opportunities in order to graduate. Many students, therefore, seek academic credit for their internship experiences. While the requirements for every school and department are unique, some requirements are typical. For example, the student's academic advisor may want to approve the internship description and tasks that the student will complete. The academic advisor may want to speak with the intern's supervisor before the internship begins. The student may be required to submit a journal or written summary of his/her internship experience, or to explain project results in a final paper. The supervisor may be asked to complete and return a final evaluation form to the student's academic advisor.