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 Google Classroom, which offers both a summary of the course every Converge student completes as part of their internship experience as well as leadership training and certification. The course includes: 
  • Complete Access on mobile
  • Personal Bio with Vision Statement on Converge Site Profile Page
  • Reflections on how YWAM Foundational Values relate to Field Assignments & Internships
  • 9 Converge Course video lectures 
  • Articles (including A Conversation on Calling, by John Henry)
  • Downloadable resources (including Trip Planner and Field Journal)
  • 5 Assignments (Lesson Reflection posts to Cohort)
  • 5 Live Cohort Meetings (including worship & intercession, review assignments, case studies, and Q&A)
  • 3 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 for the interns including several options, such as 1. full hospitality with housing and food at the host organization's facilities, 2. partial hospitality with a home-stay or commuter arrangement, and 3. virtual remote meetings with no travel to the host location at all. 

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 three sessions.
  2. Enroll in and complete the Internship Coordinator Certification Course on Google Classroom
  3. Help two host organizations use the Create an Internship form to become hosts for Converge interns.

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Live Cohort Meetings

Join a Cohort for the weekly online meetings with worship and intercession, ongoing discussion, building relationships, and sharing vision. Participants and Mentors must dedicate two months to complete the Certification Course. Mentorship meetings may be remote, however, the commitment to meet at least (3) three times must be mutual.

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. The final project for the Certification Course involves Coordination of Internships

Your Mentor

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:

  • Familiarity with all five phases of the Converge Course and Program. 
  • Three Mentor meetings with a UofN College/Campus, or Converge Network team member 
  • 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 materials and receive 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 Certification Course provides an overview of the Student Participant's Converge Course experience. The Converge Course for Students 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 a Mentor is the responsibility of the participant. 

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 not only help Hosts to create internships, but also to 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 leader operates in strategic isolation, especially those working 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 for Participation in the Certification Course

Unlike the Converge Course for Students, which has no DTS prerequisite, applicants to the UofN Internship Coordinator Certification Course must first successfully complete YWAM’s Discipleship Training School. To learn more about the DTS, go to ywam.org.

Assignments

Profile Page and Vision Statement

To prepare for an effective serving and learning experience, we find it is important to prayerfully write out a learning and serving commitment, which describes your vision and identifies your commitment to personal disciplines and practices of prayer, work and study, and relationships. The vision statement and your commitment to your personal service and learning objectives for this experience should be clearly articulated in 100 to 200 words. This assignment is to be posted on your Profile Page on YWAMConverge.org as well as in Google Classroom. 

Example: “I seek to know and to obey God’s voice, especially as it relates to his beauty and creativity through the Arts. I seek to encourage others through my words, my attitude, and my artistic craft. 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 of Artists I am serving. I will do all of this for the sake of God’s Glory and for the furtherance of Christ’s kingdom.”

Mentor Meetings

We recommend that you discuss all assignments with your Mentor. Mentor meetings are three (3) points each.

Discussions

Your responses should be thoughtful, considerate, and clearly 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. 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 content of the lesson. Each of the Discussion Assignments is (2) two points.

Constituency Mapping Assignment

The Constituency Mapping Assignment, worth (10) ten points, is an activity that helps students get better acquainted with and focused on potential host organizations in the sphere or passion area they are targeting. 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. 

The Constituency Map may be geographical or like a Venn Diagram with circles of relationships. It is designed to be a preliminary activity that will result in a basic visual map of your constituency, as well as help you target the potential hosts for your Final Plan as a Coordinator.  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.

Final Plan

The following components should include the name(s) of the people and positions you will work with in YWAM/UofN, the intended hosts and organizations, and the spheres, cities/geographical regions, or focus areas. 

Example 1: Communications interns for the UofN College/Faculty of Communications:

  1. International Dean & College/Faculty Committee Members, Campus Leaders, and/or Ministry Directors, and/or School Leaders or Other Team Members.
  2. Communications Directors and Organization Names where our UofN leaders have relationships and you have had or hope to have student interns placed.
  3. Sphere of Communications, South Asia, Poverty Alleviation.

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Example 2: University Students and Christian Organizations in Central America working with Children at Risk

  1. Christian Faculty Members and Student Ministry Leaders at Universities in Central America, and YWAM ministry team members.
  2. NGO and Church Leaders focused on Children at Risk where our Faculty Members, Ministry Leaders, and YWAMers have relationships and you have had or hope to have student interns placed. 
  3. Sphere of Education/Christian Ministries/Counseling & Health Care, Central America, Children at Risk.

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Writing the Final Plan

For this assignment, worth 15 points, you will design and begin to implement your Final Plan for your UofN College/Campus or Ministry Focus area.

Your final plan should be submitted as a document written in Google Docs. Write a two-page proposal with the following components:

Introduction

Describe your internship coordinator learning experience and the community you are planning internships for. Give a brief summary of the geographic area, the sphere, or passion areas you chose and project you will design and implement. Define the reason you feel that the project is relevant.

Vision and Objectives

Explain 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. How the project will be empowering to the community or the sphere you have targeted? What are the mission, goals, and objectives of the UofN College/Campus or Ministry Focus Area?

Project Overview

Articulate measurable goals and actions, as well as how success will be measured. For what Schools and Ministries do we need to prepare to coordinate interns? What is your goal for this year? How many students will need internships? How many more would we like to have?

Resource Requirements

Identify material, financial, human, and other resources required and how you will obtain them. 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, if not you, to approve internship hosts for your network or college?

Description of Challenges

Anticipate potential obstacles and a plan for overcoming them.

Conclusion and Reflection

Summarize the purpose, actions, needs, and impact of the project and describing what you have learned through your internship coordinator training. 

Evaluation

You will be evaluated for a total of 100 based upon the required assignments and additional details that may be found on the online Coordinator Certification Course. A final grade will be issued on the UofN Extension Studies platform and certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

  • 15 for Live Cohort Meetings
  • 10 for Profile,
  • 10 for Discussion,
  • 9 for Mentor Connections,
  • 10 for Mapping Exercise,
  • 12 for Leader Letter,
  • 15 for Final Plan,
  • 9 for Host Letters,
  • 10 for Host Applications.

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 the course:

  • Converge Course Syllabus
  • Converge Terms & Conditions with MOU
  • Christian Magna Carta
  • YWAM Foundational Values
  • Calling & the Discipleship of Nations, by John Henry

SUGGESTED READING

Truth and Transformation, by Vishal Mangalwadi; YWAM Publishing, 2009.
The Call, by Os Guinness; Thomas Nelson, 2003.
Discipling Nations, by Darrow L. Miller 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.)

This Presentation was prepared for YWAM and UofN Leaders