UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course

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Why a UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course

This Course is designed for YWAM/UofN staff or former YWAMers who will use Converge to help place interns with missional organizations.

This Certification Course equips UofN College/School or Campus leaders to use the Converge program as a tool to administer internships, to train new YWAM/UofN Staff, and to provide next level discipleship for college students, including recent DTS graduates. This Certification Course will help lighten the burden of UofN School Leaders. It is also a requirement for all UofN Student Mobilization Centre staff who want to use the Converge program to broaden their ministries to students.

The Converge program is designed to prepare participants to lead as Christ's witnesses in various spheres of society.

(Please note: Converge is NOT designed to assist with DTS Field Assignments & Outreaches).

What is included

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    This UofN Extension Studies Certification Course uses the Converge Course (at Udemy.com), which every Converge student completes as part of their internship experience. As a Certification Participant in the UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course, you will also be required to enroll in order to be completely familiar with the Converge Course. The course includes: 
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video (78 lectures; 2 to 7 minutes each)
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • 4 articles (including A Conversation on Calling, by John Henry)
  • 16 downloadable resources (including Trip Planner and Field Journal)
  • 21 Assignments (Lesson Reflection posts to Cohort)
  • Four Cohort Meetings (including worship/intercession, review assignments, case studies, and Q&A)
  • Four Mentor Connect Meetings (One-on-One with a Converge Staff member)
  • Certificate of Completion

About Converge

Converge is designed to curate an extensive listing of YWAM/UofN sponsored internship opportunities around the world. The Converge Course is designed for students preparing for effective service during their internship serving a host organization. 

Though UofN students may be assigned to seek out an internship with an organization, the program must be formalized by the Host who works with an organization willing to accept the intern(s). Hosts welcome students to intern with their organization. Hosts arrange the logistics of the intern's home-stay. 

This UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course will equip you to coordinate internships for your UofN College/Campus or Ministry Network. To complete this course, you will prepare a plan for internship coordination and help at least two host organizations use the Create an Internship form to accept interns for your UofN College/Campus or Ministry Network. 

Fun & Serious Work

The UofN Internship Coordinator Course will be fun, but it is also serious work. In 2019, UofN students requested over 500 transcripts to be sent to over 55 other colleges and universities. An increasing number of UofN students are receiving credit transfers to other institutions, which may or may not include field assignments and internships transfer credit. Once participants have completed the course, they will be qualified for the role of UofN Internship Coordinator, which means they will be able to lighten the workloads of UofN School Leaders. They will also be able to help students from any college or university to follow God's calling while supporting them with the educational goals of an internship.

Easy & Effective

Converge is a tool to help effectively administer internships for students as they pursue their career and calling. It is also a platform for making the placement of students from UofN Colleges to missional organizations and the reporting of projects they complete much easier.

Three Requirements

Applicants who have been accepted in the UofN Internship Coordinator Course, will be required to do three things:

  1. Choose a Mentor (Senior Member of UofN College Committee or Campus). Certification Participants and Mentors must agree to meet once a week for a minimum of four sessions.
  2. Enroll in and complete the Converge Course, which is publicly available on Udemy.com
  3. Help two host organizations use the Create an Internship form to become hosts for Converge interns.

Weekly Meetings

Participants typically join a cohort so that we may have weekly online meetings with worship and intercession. However, some participants may take the course at their own pace. Participants and Mentors must dedicate at least one month to complete the Certification Course. Mentorship meetings may be remote, however, the commitment to meet weekly must be mutual.

Converge interns use the same Converge Course on Udemy. However, the UofN Internship Coordinator Course does not require participants, as it does Converge student interns, to travel to a field location or complete a personalized missions project. 

Your Mentor

Like all Converge student interns, Internship Coordinator participants will need to choose a Mentor from their YWAM ministry or UofN College to meet with regularly for prayer and counsel regarding this new role participants are undertaking. Your Mentor is someone who has experience and capacity to coach the participant in the role of Internship Coordinator. For example, a UofN College Dean/Committee Member, or a seasoned UofN School Leader, or Base Leader would be ideal for this role. Converge Network Staff may choose a senior member of the Converge Staff team or a local leader in their community. Mentorship meetings may be remote, however, the commitment to meet weekly must be mutual.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course will include the following:

  • Complete all five phases of the Converge Course. (on Udemy.com)
  • Four Mentor meetings with a UofN College/Campus, or Converge Network team member 
  • Familiarity with all aspects of the Course program.
  • A written plan to use the Converge program to administer internships for your UofN College/Campus or Ministry Network (i.e. omega zone, sphere of influence, city, or region of the world)
  • Review and apply best practices for internships in affirmation of certification values.
  • Attend at least four Cohort meetings to review and provide valuable feedback.

A Unique Approach to Missions and Learning 

The UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course equip YWAM and UofN leaders (including former YWAMers) to use the Converge Program, including the Converge Course. 

The Converge Course is a hybrid of online learning and personal interaction as you regularly connect with an experienced Mentor and receive video instruction from cross-cultural missions experts. Each lesson consists of a series of short (approx. 3 minute) video interviews and distilled messages, brief articles, and discussion responses. Regular interaction with your Mentor is the responsibility of the participant. 

For Certification participants, the Mentor will be a UofN or YWAM leader who will respond to questions and coach you through logistical preparations. 

For the Student, the Converge experience is a three-way relationship between the Student, their CHOSEN Mentor, and the Host.  To make Converge internships a fruitful and successful experience, we seek UofN Internship Coordinators who will help students build solid relationships with their Mentor, their Host, and those on the field that they meet. 

Course Assumptions

  • The University of the Nations is called to equip students to engage every sphere of influence. 
  • University students are at the forefront of advances in global missions. 
  • No student or organization operates in strategic isolation, especially missional projects serving communities of need.
  • Each organization, no matter the size, is part of a larger picture of what God is doing in a given place. 
  • Students with a posture of prayer and partnership can be part of the release of a new intentional, sustained synergy among local and regional missional initiatives.

Prerequisite

Successful completion of the DTS and acceptance into the UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course.

Assignments

Covenant Assignment

To prepare for an effective serving and learning experience, we find it is important to prayerfully write out a learning and serving covenant, which describes your vision and identifies your commitment to personal disciplines and practices of prayer, work and study, and relationships. The Covenant Assignment for Certification participants is the same as that of Converge students participants. The Covenant Assignment should be a clearly articulated 100 to 200 commitment to your personal service and learning objectives for this experience. This assignment is submitted in Lesson 1.

Example: “I seek to know and to obey God’s voice. I seek to encourage others through my words, my attitude, and my actions. To do this, I commit to the following: speaking words of kindness and showing patience; sharing and being accountable to my Mentor; working faithfully and praying for the leaders and the community at the project I will be serving. I will do all of this for the sake of God’s Glory and for the furtherance of Christ’s kingdom.”

Pre-Departure Responses

Each pre-departure lesson includes a 2-point discussion board response component that you are responsible for sharing on the appropriate forum of the discussion board. Your response should be thoughtfully considered and articulated. The response is not meant to be written in formal academic writing, but it should also not be overly casual or using informal acronyms. You are responsible for posting thoughtful, reflective responses to at least two other students, unless otherwise noted. Please avoid simple statements of agreement or disagreement. Your responses should be complete ideas that build upon the posts of your peers. They should reflect a deep level of engagement with the lesson content.

Mentor Reflections

There are two mentor reflections, each worth 5 points, built into the discussion board responses during pre-departure orientation during Lessons 3 and 10. These should be clearly articulated and thoughtful reflections on the impact of your mentor relationship on your learning and preparation. This is not designed to be an evaluation of the mentor himself or herself, but a personal reflection of the experience. Describe what you have gained from the experience, what you expect from the experience, and any questions you might have for your mentor at that point.

Community Mapping Assignment for Certification Participants

The Community Mapping Assignment, worth 10 points, is an activity that helps students get acquainted with your their community and host organization. For participants in the UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course, the Community Mapping Assignment is different. Rather than map a community or an organization, Certification participants will "map" the context in which Converge internships will serve their UofN College/Campus or Ministry Focus Area, such as Human Trafficking or Business as Mission. 

Certificate participants will submit their Community Mapping Assignment before Cohort Meeting Three. You should familiarize yourself with its requirements so you may communicate early with organization leaders who can host interns. It is designed to be a preliminary activity that will result in a basic visual map of the community’s layout, infrastructure, important sites, and assets, as well as begin to point you in the direction of a topic for your final project. However, it is not designed to be a comprehensive map, as full-scale community mapping exercises tend to take months or even years to complete, not to mention extensive resources, personnel, and expertise.

The first component of this assignment is a visual map which will be presented in a digital format – perhaps as a re-creation using mapping or graphic software, an organization chart, or something as simple as a digital photograph of a map drawn by hand. You should use symbols and a key to make the map as clear as possible.

Second, you will include a brief (roughly ½ page Google Doc) reflection on what you learned from the experience, what information you gained and still hope to obtain, and how this assignment is helping you as you design your Certification Project: A Plan for Coordinating Internships.

Interview Assignment

The Interview Assignment will be completed early in the Assessment Phase. For this assignment, worth 10 points, you will design a research tool to help you obtain information leading to the development of your Final Project Proposal, your plan for coordinating internships. Your tool should be either an interview or focus group design and should use the following steps:

Plan. 

 Select participants and design the tool.  The following components will be included in the assignment submission: 

  • The name(s) of the intended and actual participant(s), and for a focus group, a description of the group. (For example: UofN College Dean, Campus Leader, or Ministry Director, and School Leaders or Other Team Members.)
  • A very brief rationale for the selection of the participant(s). 
  • A planned series of 7-10 guiding questions for your research activity.
  • Be prepared with follow-up questions, knowing that you will need to adapt as appropriate when you actually conduct the research.

Example Questions: 

  • What are the mission, goals, and objectives of the UofN College/Campus or Ministry Focus Area?
  • For what Schools and Ministries do we need to prepare to coordinate interns?
  • What is our goal for this year? How many students will need internships? How many more would we like to have?
  • Who is already coordinating internships? 
  • What organizations do we send interns to? Who is the primary contact with those organizations? Who is the primary YWAM/UofN contact to that host organization?  
  • Who makes final decisions to approve internship hosts for us?

Implement. 

 Schedule appointments with the participant(s) and conduct your interview or focus group. Make sure to take accurate notes and using quotations for exact quotes. Make sure to begin by explaining the purpose of the activity and obtaining consent for using names, quotes, and the information provided.  Respect the desires of participants; ask if you may quote them. After the interview, organize the responses.

Reflect. 

Finally, write a brief reflection about the activity, particularly in terms of how the information compared to your expectations. How might you adjust your plan for internship coordination?  Did any themes emerge that may influence how you will design your Project: Internship Coordination Plan?

Project Proposal

At the end of the Assessment Phase, before beginning your Project, you will need to submit and gain approval for the project you would like to design. Once you feel that you have gained enough information from your research to select a focus for your Project, write a one-page proposal stating:

  1. A brief summary of the topic you chose and project you will design and implement
  2. The reason you feel that the project is relevant
  3. How the project will be empowering to the community and draw on its existing assets

Once you feel comfortable with the proposal, discuss it with your mentor and submit it to your supervisor and Host. Once approved, submit the proposal on the Assessment page of the Converge course.

Final Report: Your Internship Coordination Plan

For this assignment, worth 25 points, you will design and begin to implement the Project for your UofN College/Campus or Ministry Focus community. You will articulate objectives and goals, the resources you will need, and challenges you might face to implement it. 

Your final report should be submitted as a document written in Google Docs. It should include the following components:

Introduction

Describing your internship coordinator learning experience and the community you are planning internships for.

Vision and Objectives

Explaining the purpose of the internships to be coordinated, how your sense of calling and/or your training have influenced it, and how it will empower the UofN or Ministry Focus community.

Project Overview

Articulating measurable goals and actions, as well as how success will be measured.

Resource Requirements

Identifying material, financial, human, and other resources required and how you will obtain them.

Description of Challenges

Anticipating potential obstacles and a plan for overcoming them.

Conclusion and Reflection

Summarizing the purpose, actions, needs, and impact of the project and describing what you have learned through your internship coordinator training. A more detailed description of each component can be found on Udemy.com.

Debrief Reflection

The Debrief Reflection is your final discussion board post, worth 5 points, and written at the end of your internship coordinator training experience. You will begin by briefly describing your experience, including a synopsis of what you did throughout each week. Share about one or two difficulties you face and anything unexpected that happened and what God taught you during this time. 

Meetings

You will be evaluated for each assignment by the Course instructor(s). Evaluation will be based upon the required assignments and additional details that may be found on the online Converge course. A final grade will be issued on the UofN Extension Studies platform and certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.  

Evaluation

A total of 100 points may be awarded, including:

  • 5 for Covenant,
  • 20 for Pre-departure Responses,
  • 10 for Mentor Connections,
  • 10 for Mapping Exercise,
  • 10 for Interviews,
  • 10 for Project Proposal,
  • 25 for Final Project,
  • 5 for Debriefing, and
  • 5 for Thank You notes.

Assignments

Outline of Cohort Meetings & Assignments
Timeline Topics Assignments
Prior to the first cohort meeting Enroll in the Converge Course on Udemy.com and review the Start Here Section. Lectures 1-7.  Complete assignments 1& 2.
Meeting One Lectures 8-31. Review Lessons One: The Changing Face of Missions; Two: Understanding History; Three: Prayer and Priorities; & Four: Knowing and Hearing God Complete assignments 3-8
Meeting Two Lectures 32-67. Review Lessons Five: A Biblical Worldview; Six: Right Relationships; Seven: Crossing Cultures; Eight: Justice and the Greatness of God; and Nine: Calling. Complete assignments: 9-13
Meeting Three Lectures 68-76. Review Lesson Ten: Reflections and Next Steps; and Enculturation and Assessment Phases.  Complete assignments: 14-17
Meeting Four Lectures 77 & 78. Review Field Project Assignment & Debriefing. Complete assignments 18-21.
After final cohort meeting Final Reflections Submit Final Project with plan for Converge internships in your context (UofN School, Campus, or Ministry Focus). Meet Mentor and sign up two host organizations on Create an Internship form.

CREDIT OPTIONS

The UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course is registered with the UofN Extension Studies program. Students will be awarded a grade, Extension Studies credit, and a Certificate upon successful completion of the Course. 

REQUIRED READING

Selected articles in Converge Course site
Calling & the Discipleship of Nations, by John Henry (included in Lesson 9)

SUGGESTED READING

Truth and Transformation, by Vishal Mangalwadi; YWAM Publishing, 2009.
The Call, by Os Guinness; Thomas Nelson, 2003.
Discipling Nations, by Darrow L. Milller and Stan Guthrie; YWAM Publishing, 2001.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Successful completion of the UofN Internship Coordination Certification Course includes completion of the graded assignments listed below. You will be awarded a grade evaluation upon completion, which will be posted at UofN Extension Studies. A transcript can be issued upon receipt of your signed transcript request form and transcript fee. (Go to uofn.edu for details.)

Grading Assignments
Points Assignment Completion Deadline
10 Covenant for Service & Learning Lesson 1
20 Pre-Departure Responses
(10 responses at 2 points each)
Throughout Pre-Departure Phase; Completed in full prior to departure
10 Mentor Reflections
(2 reflections at 5 points each)
During Pre-Departure Phase (Lessons 3 and 10)
10 Community Mapping Assignment End of Enculturation Phase
10 Interview Assignment Beginning of Assessment Phase
10 Project Proposal End of Assessment Phase
25 Final Report Beginning of Debrief Phase
5 Debrief Reflection End of Debrief Phase
100 Total Points

This Presentation was prepared for YWAM and UofN Leaders