What Is A Chi Alpha Internship, or CMIT?
The ultimate goal of a Chi Alpha internship is to offer an authentic place of growth and excellence in preparation for campus missions. An intern is not relegated to being a staff persons' gopher or a "special projects" person. Instead, an intern joins a Chi Alpha ministry team as coworker under training. In that position, he or she takes on the work, challenges, and intensity that campus staff face in an ongoing way as mission leaders. This program is specifically designed to develop a person's character, intellect, and ministry skills.
To promote character growth (which is Scripture's overwhelming concern for pastoral leaders - see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1), each intern will be personally supervised by a staff person. The interns have consistent opportunities each week to meet with their pastoral supervisor for prayer and discussions that touch on the attitudes, disciplines, and expression of our lives as ministers.
Our goal is not to teach many things briefly, but rather to concentrate on establishing firm theological foundations. We intend to develop both the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a lifelong development of their intellect. We are deeply aware and committed to the reality that knowledge only becomes a helpful skill when the knowledge is allowed to be experienced repetitively in a person's life. Therefore, an intern can expect not only training, but the opportunity to "do the work of the ministry."
Each intern will have significant opportunities to teach from the Scripture in a variety of settings. Each intern will lead a small group dedicated to Bible study, prayer and practical training. There are also such areas as evangelism, administration, time management, counseling, support raising and ministry budgeting, to name but a few of the skill areas addressed and experienced during the CMIT internship.
In these and other ways we intend to see men and women properly prepared in their character, intellect, and skills for effective pioneer ministry to the secular campuses of the United States.
How do I know if an internship is right for me?
Few ministry training programs offer the hands on mentorship, theological training, and practical ministry experience found in a Chi Alpha CMIT. The secular university offers a diverse backdrop of ministry opportunity, perfect for broad exposure of ministry experience. After completing the internship, graduates have the opportunity to join a Chi Alpha staff team, serve in a mission field abroad, or a variety of other potential opportunities.
If you believe that the Lord is directing you to invest in the lives of university students or to develop ministry skills, then a CMIT may be a great fit for you.
What requirements are there to become a chi alpha intern?
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
- The ability to commit 10 months of full time service to Chi Alpha ministry.
- The ability to raise full financial partnership for the duration of the the program.
- A willingness to fulfill application requirements.
- A willingness to be immersed in secular campus ministry.
How do Intern finances work?
Each intern is responsible for raising his or her personal budget. This is done through seeking financial partners through personal friends, family, and others who would like to invest in God's work on the secular university. If you are approved for an internship, you will be invited for fundraising training to equip you for the process. An intern candidate should anticipate a monthly budget of between $1800 and $2000 as well as a $1800 initial tuition payment.
All funds are manged through a national account at the central office of the Assemblies of God and Chi Alpha in Springfield, Missouri. All partners will submit gifts through your national account. You will then receive a monthly deposit from all gifts contributed. All gifts are tax deducible and donors will be receipted by the Assemblies of God for their contributions.
When does the internship start? When should I apply?
The program follows a traditional academic calendar (August - May). Interns are required to report early August. Graduation takes place at the end of May.
To give proper margin for the application process and placement, intern candidates should submit applications by the end of January preceding their desired start date. The final due date for applications is February 15th.
How do I apply for the CMIT program?
The best thing to do before you apply is to speak with your Chi Alpha campus pastor. If you don't have a Chi Alpha pastor then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to allow us to help you through the process.
The next thing you should do is to complete the application below. There are a series of components to the application process, so make sure you read the instructions thoroughly. For further information and frequently asked questions about the Chi Alpha CMIT program, visit chialpha.com/internship.