Internship Program

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Internship Program Faq

Q: So what does an intern do?

An intern…

  • studies theology.
  • befriends the outsider.
  • leads small group Bible studies.
  • listens to students life stories.
  • reminds others of the truth of the Gospel.
  • assists their Campus Minister with ministry administration and events.
  • is joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
  • rejoices with those who rejoice and mourns with those who mourn.
  • attends two annual weeklong training seminars in Atlanta.
  • receives counseling on a monthly basis from a trained professional.
  • joins their local church.

… and that’s just the beginning. For an overview of the weekly activities of an intern, please see the sample intern schedule on the resources page of this website.

Q: How long is an internship?

The RUF Internship program is a two-year commitment. RUF is a relational ministry and we find that interns can have the most personal growth and campus impact when able to spend two full years of relationship building on campus. After completing two years of the program a number of interns  pursue a third year of the internship and some elect to become campus staff, an additional 3-5 year commitment to serving with RUF on the college campus.

Q: What kind of personal development/training can I expect at my assignment?

In addition to meeting weekly with your campus minister and participating in the intern study program, interns attend two training conferences annually. Each July the entire national staff (including campus ministers, area coordinators, campus staff, interns, and their spouses) gathers in Atlanta for a weeklong conference to pray, reflect, learn, and plan together. Each October, all interns gather in Atlanta for a week of enrichment. First-year interns have an additional weeklong orientation in June which focuses on fundraising, finances, and policies.

Q: Can I pick my campus assignment? How is that determined?

After discussion with the intern’s campus minister and after reviewing an intern’s personality, strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and the needs of their family, the Intern Department places interns where RUF’s greatest needs and the interns greatest gifts best align. Interns cannot select their campus assignment once accepted to the program. Exceptions are made in rare circumstances.

Q: Are there any academic requirements?

Interns must have completed a bachelor’s degree level of education.

Q: How much support will I have to raise? Will I receive training on support raising?

On average, interns fundraise a budget of $35,000. This number can vary based on geographic location, cost of living, student loan needs, and health insurance options. Interns receive support raising training in a number of ways--a fundraising manual, reading material, live video conferences, and a weeklong orientation conference during the first week of June. Further, the Intern Department staff is readily available by phone or e-mail to answer questions and hear concerns.

Q: Are donations tax-deductible?

RUF is a certified 501(c)3 non profit and all gifts are tax-deductible. Donors will receive a receipt by mail for their records.

Q: How long does the application process take? How does the process work?

The application for the upcoming year goes live October 1st (i.e. the application for a 2019-2021 internship goes live October 1, 2018). Once an application is submitted, it is reviewed by the Intern Department and references are contacted. After review, you will be contacted, usually within a week, to schedule an interview. Interviews begin in early November and are conducted via an online video conference call. Scheduling is done on a first come, first serve basis. Before your interview, all references must be submitted. On the day of the interview, you will be e-mailed a link to join the conference at your scheduled interview time. There will be a team of 2-3 RUF Staff on the call, members of the Intern Department, Area Coordinators, Campus Ministers, or either field staff.
After your interview, you will be contacted within a week regarding the decision on your acceptance to the program. If you are accepted, you will be considered in the next placement session for a particular college campus. Early placement session are conducted in December and January; the final placement session is in mid- March. If you apply early and are eligible for placement in December or January, early placement is likely, but not guaranteed. From application to placement, this process could take anywhere between one and five months. We are prayerful through the entire process. It is a joy to carefully built our team of interns and place them on campuses where they can thrive!

Q: What if I have student loans and other debt?

We anticipate the likelihood that many of our interns will have student loans to pay off. As such, we factor that into the personalized budget of each intern. For instance, if you have a $80 monthly loan payment, you will raise and receive $80 more each month to pay that bill. If you have an unusually high amount of debt, whether from student loans or credit cards, etc, it could be a barrier to your acceptance. However, this would be our loss for your own good because interns make a base-level salary that may not allow for a wise and timely payment of those loans.

Q: What if I don’t raise all of my support?  

Statistically, only 2% of interns fail to raise their support in time to be released to campus. That’s about one per year. What an encouraging statistic!

As an intern you will begin receiving financial benefits from RUF beginning June 1 of the year you are hired. Salaries, health insurance, trainings, and reimbursements are all part of what is being covered by RUF before you have raised any funds. These expenses often create a deficit in your account which is slowly erased as your support raising efforts bear fruit. Most often an intern who is not able to raise the funds required to be released to campus leaves RUF with an account deficit, and all donated funds are used to minimize the deficit. Any surplus funds in an intern’s account (after all expenses have been paid) may be refunded to donors on a first come, first served basis. Funds not retunred to donors will go to the Intern Emergency Fund. The Intern Emergency Fund is a resource for interns who need assistance with unexpected expenses like car repairs, sudden health concern, emergency travel in the case of a family emergency, etc.

Q: Who can I contact if I have questions or need help?

Please complete the Contact Us form if you’d like more information or if you have further questions. We’d love to help!