Study aboard? Teaching overseas? International misions? That’s just one piece of the puzzle.
One of the perks that lured me to Nyack College was that a requirement of the Intercultural Studies Major was to do an international internship. As an Intercultural Studies major or ICS for short, I really look forward to when I can put my studies into practice and go abroad. One thing missionaries, teachers, chapel speakers, and other global travelers always say is that it takes actually going somewhere and living abroad to put all we learn in school to practice. It takes packing up your life and flying overseas to actually experience all that it is to be an international worker. The only requirements set for the internship are that we go for at least six weeks, it’s in another culture, and that you work with a supervisor. It is also vital that you are not on a short term trip, but you are an intern who works under a supervisor, but with the local church or organization and the people there.
At this point I have no solid idea as to where I am going to go on my internship or what I am going to do, but I’ve been looking at my options and taking the advice of other students who have already gone abroad. This past summer students went to many amazing countries including: Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, The Middle East, Jordan,Uganda, and others. And, they worked with organizations such as Inca Link, The Salvation Army, Envision, World Passport, and other sending organizations. In our last ICS departmental chapel the different interns gave their own advice on choosing and going on your internship. Things they told us were to choose to do what you love and not focus too much on what country that leads you to. Also, others said to be adventurous, try the food, fall in love with the culture, focus on God, bless the people, trust in the Lord and his plans, and have fun. God has used these trips to change students lives as well as those they worked with and ministered to in other cultures. Some students have attested that their internships helped shape and confirm my calling, and told her that this was truly what God wanted her to do with her life. The goal is to shape us into international workers who are well rounded and perhaps even build connections to a permanent job position after graduation. I look forward to my internship which I plan on doing spring 2014 right before I graduate that May. I am so excited to get my first real taste of being an international worker.