Mentoring interns assist the mentor staff at Wheatstone conferences.
Interns are assigned to work with one or several mentors, acting in whatever support capacity is asked of them: as an observer, a participant, a reinforcement, a problem solver, and so forth.
Interns learn how mentors lead young adult students and employ techniques of dialogue in one-on-one and small group settings.
Intern performance is one way Wheatstone Ministries measures an applicant's future readiness and capacity as a mentor.
Responsibilities may include
- Serving the mentor staff and helping them achieve their student group goals
- Assisting 3-hour Socratic-style discussions, for a total of 12 hours over the conference
- Solving issues of group cohesion and conflict
- Taking every opportunity to dialogue with students around scheduled programs
- Chaperoning students to and from scheduled programs and in the dorms when on night duty
- Exhibiting model maturity, wisdom, and sensitivity with each student
- Recognizing personal limitations and requesting help when needed
- Interning mentors are responsible to connect with and involve other students and staff members, especially those within their conference house.
- Interns should expect to spend 10-20 hours preparing for the conference (i.e. reading and annotating the discussion text, watching the conference film, praying for students), and at least 2 hours filling out paperwork after the conference
If you have submitted a General Application for Wheatstone before and do not want to update it, continue to step two.
March 6 - Hiring begins.
March 31 - Application deadline. Applications submitted after March 31st will not be considered.
March 15 - April 18 - Wheatstone conducts interviews for select applicants.
April 21 - All interviewed applicants are notified of their hiring status.
Term of Internship
This is a 120-hour internship with Wheatstone Ministries' 2015 summer conferences at either Houston Baptist University (July 5-11) or Biola University (July 19-25). The internship begins at hire and ends with the fullfilment of duties at the following events:
- Staff Training: two, all-day seminars. Time and location TBD.
- Conference Week: working responsibilities start at 12:00pm on Sunday, and conclude at 12:00pm, Saturday.
- Staff Debriefing: a 1-2 hour review conducted either in-person or online and scheduled within two weeks of the conference at the earliest convenience of the Wheatstone staff
Interning mentors are invited to attend the conference staff after-party, though attendance is not required.
Interning mentors are also encouraged but not required to continue relationships with students beyond the summer conference. Interns who elect to do so are not serving as an agent of Wheatstone Ministries.
Wheatstone Ministries seeks internship applicants who are exemplars of their peer group, exhibiting strong interpersonal and spiritual potentials.
- Committed to the Christian faith and regular attendant of a Christian church
- Familiarity with leading open-ended, idea-driven small group discussions
- Reputation among fellow peers and faculty members for charity and professionalism
- Willingness and capacity to endure long working days required by the conference schedule
- Enrollment in undergraduate studies and involvement in an honors program
- Experience leading, instructing, or working with young adult students
This is an unpaid internship that includes room and board. Wheatstone Ministries covers all conference-related costs on behalf of its interns.