Get your feet wet and earn credits, too!
Imagine . . . earning college credits in Tanzania, or in a teeming city in South Asia. Wycliffe Canada offers post-secondary students internships with hands-on ministry training.
Under an approved supervisor, interns receive on-the-field training, mentoring and practical service opportunities both in Canada and abroad. “Credit” as well as “not-for-credit” internships can be arranged for two to 12 months. Practical internships could include linguistics, language survey, literacy, Scripture engagement activities, teaching, finance, IT support, software development, administration, graphic design, church engagement, mobilization and more.
I arrived in Peru on November 20, 2016 to start an eight-month cross-cultural internship. I was excited because, as part of my Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Columbia Bible College, this internship counted as my third year of study and I knew I would receive a full year of academic credit (24 credit hours)! The first thing on the agenda was to take Spanish lessons. I also assisted in the SIL Peru offices doing archiving where I was responsible for scanning and uploading various publications onto the internet so they can be accessed by people. One of my desires before going to Peru was to be able to see first hand what takes place in actual Bible translation. I was given the opportunity to go to the Andes mountains to observe the Bible being translated into the different Quechua languages. My time in Peru was life changing, and I hope to be a part of a Bible translation project in Peru after I graduate from Columbia Bible College.
I finished my university degree at Emily Carr University with a major in illustration and wanted to do an internship that was related to my practice. One of the best things about the internship was that I was able to use the talents God has given me. The internship served as a reminder that sharing the Word of God can be done through other ways outside of just the spoken word. God has blessed me with the gift of illustration and creativity and I can use what He has given me. I realized that God can be a part of my work as well as my personal life. I liked the friendly working environment at the Calgary Wycliffe office and how conversations often lead to God.
I really enjoyed seeing the culture and I gained a better understanding of the struggles these communities face,” says Andrew. “I learned that Bible translation is a huge task that can take a very long time to finish. I learned that the work can often be mundane, but I also saw that the completed work meant a great deal to the Naskapi people.”
“It was great to hear… how people are growing in their faith and how lives are being changed. The internship has confirmed for me that I want to continue my involvement with ministry in First Nations communities…and to consider future involvement in Bible translation.”