What do you hope to get out of your internship? New professional skills? Practical experience? Great relationships? The chance to make an impact on the world?
Interns at Wycliffe Bible Translators get all that and more, helping teams with real-world projects that make a difference in Bible translation globally! Because we believe God has gifted each person with a unique set of needs and skills, each of Wycliffe’s internships is customized to create the best possible experience. While normally Wycliffe internships take place across the U.S. and the globe, circumstances this year have transitioned internships into remote positions.
Katherine Jesson, a writing and international relations intern, and Mark Rice, an IT intern, were still able to use their skills to make a difference in Bible translation!
Path to Missions
Katherine is a senior at Gordon College who will soon complete her double major in biblical studies and international affairs. When Katherine was a freshman, she heard a Wycliffe speaker share at her college and was inspired. She joined the Bible Translation Cohort, a group of like-minded students who wanted to explore serving in Bible translation. “I thought it was a good idea to pursue and explore my calling through an internship with Wycliffe,” Katherine said.
This summer, Katherine used her skills in writing to create fact sheets that describe the cultures, translation needs and opportunities for people to serve in countries around the world. “My project will help recruiters and people interested in serving get connected [in] the right places and the right roles.” Katherine continued: “People can learn about what God is doing around the world and … in the church.”
“That’s been my favorite part — learning about the church and what God is doing around the world,” she said. “I learned about countries I hadn't even heard of before. It’s amazing to see how God is working in each culture and to realize I have brothers and sisters all around the world!”
Making a Difference
Mark is in his final year at St. Cloud State University studying software engineering. This degree is in addition to his previous degree as a math teacher!
Mark first learned of Wycliffe through a newsletter of possible jobs and internships that an old professor would send him, but the timing never worked out. “But I always thought it would be a great experience to work for an organization like Wycliffe,” he said.
This past year, Mark was invited to visit a Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class, and the speaker just happened to be from Wycliffe. As Mark listened, he became intrigued. The speaker was from the same area as Mark, had graduated from the same university and even had a math education and IT background!
Mark said: “The similarities in our stories and our journeys made me realize, ‘Hey, this is a path! This is something I could do!’”
This summer, Mark worked in information systems, helping build an application to perform business intelligence and data analysis of financial gifts. He took over from several students who had initially developed the app. “It’s a completely student-led project,” Mark said. “No organization can function without money! Just the ability to increase and improve resources can potentially allow Wycliffe to … send out more people [to work] on translation projects. … That’s how I am helping Bible translation with this project.”
As both Mark and Katherine look toward their futures after college, they’re grateful for their experiences interning at Wycliffe.
Mark loved the work experience he received. “I really don’t have any professional experience in software engineering yet,” Mark said. “So this internship is my first time being a professional in the field of computers [and] software technology. That has been my biggest takeaway [and] most valuable experience: being a professional working in a professional environment.”
Katherine also appreciated a broadened perspective: “This internship opened my eyes to the importance of the global church and of American Christians being in communication with our brothers and sisters across the world. I don’t yet know how God will use this, but that’s what he’s been putting on my heart.”
Katherine continued: “[Interning with Wycliffe] is a great opportunity because there are so many different roles that you can really find one to work with your skills. It's really exciting to contribute to this ministry and use your skills to support Bible translation in a way you might not have thought of. It was also nice to work in an environment that is about relationship building, not just about what we produce or accomplish. … It’s about how you are growing as a person.”
Mark agreed. “You will get everything out of your internship that you would hope to get, and you are also contributing to a ministry. You know the work you’re doing is worthwhile.”