Samaritan’s Purse is offering a nine-week paid internship to fifteen students during the summer of 2014 at our international headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.
Frequently Asked Questions
Summer Internship Program
What are the program qualifications?
Anyone enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a college or university is eligible for the internship program. We will also consider students graduating in the spring of 2014. Students from Christian colleges and universities are strongly preferred.
What kinds of academic backgrounds are you looking for?
We are seeking students from a variety of academic backgrounds to participate in the internship program. Our goal is to take the strongest and most talented applicants and place them within the organization in a position where they can learn, fully participate and thrive. Therefore, we welcome all interested applicants, regardless of their degree or field of study.
Where will interns work, and how will you decide which department I’m placed in?
In 2013, we placed interns in Programs and Government Relations, Operation Christmas Child, Communications and Donor Ministries. We expect opportunities in those departments again in 2014 as well as in Broadcast (video), Finance/Accounting, Risk Management, Information Services and others. We assign interns to departments based on their field of study or professional area of interest.
What do interns do?
The purpose of the internship is to provide students with an educational understanding of how Samaritan’s Purse operates while giving them substantive work and project management experience. So while the work done by interns varies by department, we are committed to entrusting interns with responsibility and providing them with an opportunity to learn and contribute to their team in a real way.
How do I apply?
Download the Summer Internship Application, click here for PDF format or here for a fillable Word document and return it to Stephen Rhoads, Campus Relations Manager, via email, fax at 828-266-1038 or via regular mail (Samaritan’s Purse, Attn: Stephen Rhoads, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC, 28607). Please include your resume and a cover letter with your application.
What is the application timeline?
We will begin accepting applications on October 1st, 2013. All applications must be received by February 28th, 2014. We will notify interns of their application status no later than March 31st, 2014.
What does the selection process look like?
After receiving and reviewing each application we will narrow the applicants to a group of finalists. Each finalist will have a preliminary interview with the Campus Relations Manager who will then recommend top candidates to hiring managers within each participating department. These hiring managers will conduct final interviews with the top candidates, then make their selection.
What expenses are associated with the program?
Interns will receive a monthly stipend and will have the opportunity to live for free with a host family from Samaritan’s Purse. If an intern chooses to live elsewhere he or she will be responsible for securing and paying for housing. Food costs and transportation to and from Boone, NC will be the responsibility of the intern.
What do previous interns have to say about the program?
“Quite simply, I loved my work. I’ve worked harder and grown more than I imagined possible. And the whole experience has left me hungry for more”
Lena S., Biola University
“The learning experience here exceeded my expectations because I was entrusted with a lot of responsibility and was able to just run ahead with my projects while figuring out details on my own. Additionally, sending Operation Christmas Child interns on an international trip was an amazing learning experience. My host family was incredible! This internship was awesome. Thank you!”
Hannah B., Colorado Christian University
“This internship exceeded all of my expectations”
Briana T., Liberty University
“The host families were an excellent part of the internship. I couldn’t have done it financially without having a place to stay. I was so blessed by my time with my host family. Also, my trip to Botswana was the highlight of my internship and really gave me a full picture of what Operation Christmas Child does”
Emma D., Wheaton College
“I have enjoyed this internship and am thankful to have learned skills for the workplace as well as developed relationships with great people here at Samaritan’s Purse. God has definitely challenged and shaped me during my time here and I look forward to seeing how this internship program will grow in the years to come”
Michelle C., Biola University
“It’s been good to see this side of a non-governmental organization. I have a newfound respect for everything that goes into making it happen, and I can see this internship being very beneficial if I serve overseas with Samaritan’s Purse or a different organization in the future. Thank you for this opportunity”
Micah M., John Brown University
“I really enjoyed my internship. Please remember me in 2015!”
Emily G., Taylor University
“I am going to be leaving a piece of my heart here. I have been so blessed by the people who have taken the time to get to know me as an individual and pour into my life. It has been such a privilege to intern at Samaritan’s Purse”
Olivia B., Biola University