Internships

** As you are aware, COVID-19 has upset many plans over the course of the last couple of years. At this point, we are unsure how it will impact our 2022 internship program. Although we are moving forward with plans, please be aware they are subject to change because of the global impact of the virus. We will continue to watch and pray and will keep internship applicants updated as plans progress. The following descriptions are our hopes for what the 2022 summer internships will look like if travel restrictions, health, and safety allow.**

East Africa Intern

We believe one of the best ways to discern if God is leading an individual to become a long-term missionary is to experience cross-cultural ministry firsthand. For this reason, each summer we offer multiple, internship opportunities (two weeks of pre-field orientation and six to eight weeks overseas).

Our greatest hope for the summer internship program is for our interns to grow in intimacy with God and in hearing his voice as they come face to face with his heart for the world. Our heart is to equip them to thrive in an overseas setting and to journey alongside them as they explore the Lord’s leading in their life.

Pre-Field Orientation is intentionally designed to help students prepare for their time on the field. During these two weeks, interns receive hands-on training in language acquisition, team formation, cultural anthropology, spiritual formation, and conflict resolution. They participate in interactive team-building activities under the direction and mentorship of certified life coaches. They get to know many of Pioneer Bible Translators’ missionaries, as well as learn firsthand our vision for a network of churches growing and multiplying as we provide enduring access to the Word of God in the language a community understands best. In addition, interns get to participate in a myriad of opportunities – Bible translation demonstrations, literacy equipping sessions, disciple-making strategies, community development, and support ministries.

During their time overseas, activities are designed to help students acquire a broader vision of God’s world, gain further insight into His heart for the unreached, and receive more data about the person God has designed each of them to be. The internships are organized to walk interns into the day-to-day life situations of our missionaries on the field.

West Africa

Our West Africa internship offers a holistic view of the ministry of Bible translation and is perfect for someone wanting to explore and learn about multiple roles within the ministry. The team usually travels to 2-3 villages or towns throughout the summer to actively engage in activities such as Bible translation, Scripture engagement, and language learning (depending on current field personnel and intern interest.) Each site will offer interns the opportunity to learn about and interact with different people groups, languages, and religions, as well as learn how to build relationships and minister within these varying contexts.

Focus: Bible translation, Scripture engagement, community development, language learning, village living, support work

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • willing and able to live in remote contexts
  • excited about learning new languages
  • disciple-makers
  • must be flexible and adaptable, willing to travel village to village » possessing a heart for those of a neighboring faith

Caucasus

The Caucasus Mountains are home to some of the most unique languages on Earth. This internship will provide an opportunity to experience the Caucasus region and learn about the many opportunities available there.

Interns will participate in language learning, as well as have opportunities to visit different parts of the area, learning about the languages there. Activities could include supporting the local team through desktop publishing, linguistic data management, practical support for field personnel, and prayer. There are very few believers among the minority groups in this area of the world, so all activities, including translation, are considered secondary to building relationships and discipleship.

Focus: language learning, building relationships, discipleship, working as part of a multi-ethnic team, supporting literacy and translation efforts

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • individuals who love people and want to make disciples
  • individuals who are open to developing strategies for how to impact communities with Scripture and to work alongside the majority language church
  • students who are flexible and willing to do whatever is needed
  • must be adaptable
  • previous linguistic experience is helpful but not necessary

St. Louis, MO (Diaspora Group Internship)

The Diaspora team in St. Louis works to disciple unreached refugees and immigrants from another world religion who have come here from all over the world. Many refugees and immigrants come from places that are difficult for missionaries to access, providing an amazing opportunity to see them impacted by the Gospel. The hope is that they would, then, begin to share with their friends and loved

ones back home in spiritually impoverished places around the globe. Working in tandem with partnering organizations in St. Louis, our team builds deep relationships in the refugee and immigrant community,
helps to empower them, and uses media outreach strategies all for the purpose of engaging the refugee and immigrant community with the Gospel. An intern would work alongside our team to build relationships and assist with ongoing ministry projects there.

Focus: Scripture impact, building relationships with refugees, media outreach, partnering with other ministries

Potential opportunities: In addition to the aforementioned internship, the team is open to hosting an intern with specific skills in videography and/or social media to assist with the Media to Movements outreach they oversee.

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • disciple-makers
  • self-directed individuals who are comfortable taking initiative
  • a heart for refugees
  • out-of-the-box thinkers
  • those who are flexible and adaptable

While we are unable to pay a stipend for the summer, we may be able to assist with housing.

Dallas, TX (Vickery Meadow Internship)

The Vickery Meadow program, implemented by our partner organization, works to empower refugees through ESL/literacy, translation services, health education, and human language technology development. This organization is also building a business development center for refugees of diverse backgrounds launching in the summer of 2022. An intern with this department would come alongside their team in Dallas to engage with refugee communities and assist with current projects in which the team is involved. While the internship work will be secular-focused, it will be an opportunity to build relationships and to further the work of our partner organization toward goals of enduring, holistic transformation.

Focus: teaching ESL/literacy, language documentation and linguistic analysis, health education program development, media arts

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • linguists, ESL teachers and educators » media arts specialists or health educators/workers
  • a heart for refugees
  • out-of-the-box thinkers
  • flexible, adaptive

While we are unable to pay a stipend for the summer, we may be able to assist with housing.

Dallas, TX (Deaf Group Internship)

Pioneer Bible Translators has recently launched efforts to begin translation work among the estimated 400 signed languages throughout the world. Our prayer is to eventually mobilize both Deaf and hearing teammates who are fluent in ASL to minister to Deaf communities who do not have access to Scripture in their language.
Interns will work alongside our resident Deaf and hearing colleagues as the Deaf Group prepares for future projects. They will gain experience in
using a new translation tool, communicate with international Deaf people to research the needs of various communities, improve their ASL abilities, pray and worship with the Deaf community in DFW, and be involved in community outreach with children and adults.

Focus: mobilization, marketing, language learning

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • Advanced in ASL
  • Flexible
  • Mobilizers

While we are unable to pay a stipend for the summer, we may be able to assist with housing.

Dallas, TX (Recruitment)

In order for people to get involved in the Bible translation movement, they need someone to tell them about the people groups who are still waiting. The reality is that many Christians have no idea there are entire language groups who do not have access to Scripture in the language moms are yelling at their kids in. They also may not know that the skill sets they possess are the very things our teammates overseas and in the U.S. are fervently lifting up to God. The Recruitment Team at Pioneer Bible Translators shares the plight of the Bibleless and churchless people groups around the world. During the course of an internship with the recruitment department, students will receive hands-on experience in:

  • sharing the stories of the Bibleless and those that work alongside them
  • how Pioneer Bible Translators uses spiritual formation as our methodology for helping people discover God’s will for their lives
  • planning recruitment events
  • communicating with people from a wide variety of backgrounds through email and phone/video conversations
  • getting to know the various fields of Pioneer Bible Translators and each one’s unique needs
  • understanding the wide range of skills and gifts needed in the ministry of Bible translation
  • the importance of prayer in Kingdom recruitment

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • people who are self-motivated and go-getters
  • individuals who enjoy deep conversation and are good communicators
  • disciple makers who love encouraging others in their pursuit of Jesus
  • people who practice discretion and can be trusted with sensitive information
  • people who aren’t afraid to ask hard questions
  • a sense of humor is a plus

While we are unable to pay a stipend for the summer, we may be able to assist with housing.

Dallas, TX (IT Internship)

When technology breaks in today’s world, translation is unable to move forward. The IT Department of Pioneer Bible Translators offers crucial support to our missionaries around the world. They keep computers running and do a lot of behind-the-scenes work to enable our field workers to succeed in their ministries while communicating with loved ones and partners back home.

As an intern in our IT Department, you will receive hands-on experience in:

  • Understanding how IT functions in a non-profit organization
  • Supporting teammates across the globe using remote management software
  • Working with IT teammates in different time zones
  • Troubleshooting a wide range of technology issues
  • IT service management

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • people who can communicate well with others
  • problem solvers
  • those possessing a mind for computers
  • a team player

This internship is not restricted to the summer months. A full-time or part-time internship during the semester can be arranged as well.

While we are unable to pay a stipend for the summer, we may be able to assist with housing.

Dallas, TX (Media Arts Internship)

Pioneer Bible Translators’ Media Arts and Communications (MAC) department are passionate about creating media that mobilize believers to reach the unreached, Bibleless peoples through giving, praying, or missionary service.
Using video, design, writing, and social media, the MAC team shares the stories of Bibleless peoples—how the power of God’s Word in their own language transforms individuals, families, and whole communities. This summer, there will also be an opportunity to be part of a large animation project.
During this internship, interns will use their talents to help others discover how God could use them to accomplish His purpose.

Potential opportunities:

  • Animation Project- Bring storyboards to life. Unleash the creative potential of animation to inspire viewers to pray, give, or join the mission. Illustrators will work with our writers to turn rough storyboards into engaging visual art. They will create backgrounds and characters that enhance and explain the story, layered in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and ready for animation. Animators will take the team’s illustrations to the next level through the magic of 2D animation. They will convey emotion through movement within the Adobe suite or Toon Boom Harmony.
  • Social Media- We hope to have multiple social media interns to help develop content and create social campaigns for the Pioneer Bible Translators family of organizations
  • Additional opportunities in writing, editing, videography, and graphic design

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • individuals who are willing to work collaboratively
  • individuals gifted with some experience in one (or more) of the following: journalism, videography, web design, graphic design, copywriting, photography, digital marketing, social media strategy, animation
  • students must be willing to share a resume and/or portfolio of projects they have worked on in the past (even if the work is in the developmental stage) as part of the application process

While we are unable to pay a stipend for the summer, we may be able to assist with housing.

Stateside (Software Development Internship)

What if you could use your passion and skills this summer to have a global, Kingdom impact? What if at the end of the day you could rest knowing that the code you wrote, tested, and deployed to production was now helping hundreds of missionaries around the world? What if the website you worked on helped mobilize this generation of God chasers to see how every individual has a part to play in reaching the unreached peoples of the world?
Through this unique internship opportunity, you will have the ability to get hands-on experience working alongside our software engineer as he designs, builds, and maintains web applications and the underlying infrastructure needed to support them.
As part of supporting our worldwide team of missionaries, we have the opportunity to help Pioneer Bible Translators become more efficient, scale for growth, and decrease costs. We can help facilitate this by solving complex problems programmatically through technology, automation, and building internal applications designed to meet our specific needs.

What kind of interns are we looking for?

  • humble, teachable, servant leaders
  • individuals who are willing to work in a collaborative structure
  • individuals who are flexible, open to new and challenging situations
  • individuals gifted with some experience in one (or more) of the following:
    • Frontend Development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript – bonus if you have experience with React, Angular, SCSS, responsive design)
    • Object Oriented Programming o RESTful Web Services
    • Database (MySql/NoSql)
    • WordPress
    • Server Administration

This is a stateside internship. Location to be determined.

While we are unable to pay a stipend for the summer, we may be able to assist with housing.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are overseas internships like?
  • Can I get school credit?
  • How much do internships cost?
  • Can I raise support for my internship?
  • What kinds of interns are you looking for?
  • How do I apply?

What Are Overseas Internships Like?

Our internships are designed to be a microcosm for what a long-term missionary encounters, both in preparation and on the field. An intern’s summer is filled with both observational and hands-on activities to introduce them to the many facets of the Bible translation ministry (literacy, church planting, support work, discipleship of nationals, etc.). All of these experiences are part of an intern’s quest to see how God can use them in the wide range of ministries that Pioneer Bible Translators offers.

Our teams usually consist of 3-4 students (generally college-aged) and a team coach, who serves as a facilitator, leader, and guide. Since we want students to see a broad range of ministry and cultural learning activities, most internship teams travel to multiple ministry allocations throughout the summer. They will also rub shoulders with multiple missionaries, their families, and the behind-the-scene activities that are at the heart of what it takes to be a missionary.

On any given day, one might:

  • participate in a literacy workshop with veteran missionaries
  • assist in a back translation or village check of a passage of Scripture
  • work alongside national translators as they edit, revise and discuss word usage in translation
  • practice language learning in an open market
  • go on a prayer walk
  • show the Jesus film
  • worship in a village church
  • go trekking (distributing Scripture) to a remote village
  • observe how the nationals incorporate various art forms into their worship
  • learn about the local culture and bond with nationals through hunting, fishing, drinking tea, picking peanuts, cooking, fixing thatched roofs, or whatever other adventure God takes you on

While it is NOT a requirement to know one definitely wants to be a long-term missionary, we ask every applicant to be OPEN to the idea of serving overseas as a vocational missionary. Applicants who are just looking for a fun experience or to participate in a short-term mission trip will not be a good fit for this program.


Can I Get School Credit?

Most likely. Pioneer Bible Translators has a long history of working alongside both Christian universities and state colleges to meet the academic and service-learning requirements each respective institution requires in order to receive school credit. We are open to dialoguing with your university to determine if one of our trips will meet their goals for your internship experience.


How Much Do Internships Cost?

Overseas internships range in cost from $5,500 USD to $6,500 USD. Stateside internships vary greatly in cost. These budgets include the cost of training alongside our overseas teams, as well as living expenses. We are often able to assist with low-cost housing options, which keeps the cost much lower than our overseas trips.


Can I Raise Support For My Internship?

Absolutely. In fact, we highly encourage interns to get the full experience of being a missionary by going through the process of raising both financial and prayer support.


What Kinds Of Interns Are You Looking For?

We are praying for God to send us teachable, humble, and servant-hearted followers of Jesus who are investigating how God may want to use them to impact and build his Kingdom.