Cross Cultural Internship
Go on an international adventure. Immerse yourself in a new culture. Share the Gospel overseas. Make a global impact.
The Cross Cultural Internship sends students to Word of Life mission fields around the world, giving them the opportunity to serve as a missionary while working toward a college degree at a discounted price. This two year internship consists of intense training, support raising, and service in one of 81 countries where Word of Life ministers. You’ll learn how to build a support team, navigate culture shock, possibly learn a second language, and minister alongside full-time missionaries. No matter what your future holds, spending two years serving cross culturally will be an incredible way to gain experience and skills that God can use for the rest of your life!
Placement & Training
We work with you as prospective interns and WOL fields to determine the best place for you to serve. Life experience, ministry skills and desires, spiritual gifts, and educational goals are all considered as we make these decisions. Oftentimes interns will start their two year internship at a regional hub for a few months before heading to their permanent destination. In each case, our goal is to give each intern the best chance to learn, serve, and grow while also helping the ministries of our international fields.
Training starts in August of any given year and consists of a week of preparation for support raising and other topics that future missionaries must be grounded in. Then, interns will spend the rest of the fall season at home building a support team while receiving coaching from experienced missionaries as they navigate the journey of getting to full support. A final week of training takes place in January where interns receive instruction on culture and language dynamics, ministry and discipleship, and cultivating a servant’s heart. Our goal is at the conclusion of the week of January training, interns are fully funded and ready to be launched out to their mission field.
All CCI interns are required to raise support to fund your time on the missions field. Not only does this cover your expenses while serving, but it also gives others the chance to partner with you in God’s work. You’ll receive training and resources on how to raise support, and we’ll be right here with you each step of the way!
All CCI interns are required to pursue a degree during your internship (exceptions may apply). We have partnered with several Christian universities, including Davis College, Liberty University, Clarks Summit University, and Calvary University, to offer significant discounts as you pursue further education – up to 50% off! While we encourage interns to take advantage of these discounts at one of these schools, the school and degree is up to you.