Internships

Financial Outline of Costs that may be raised for ZEMA Internships applies to all opportunities listed below.

  1. All ticket fees for transport the internship requires: to and from South Africa, as well as between venues within Southern Africa.
  2. The daily rate is $50/day.  This amount covers :-
    • room and board,
    • petrol costs with ZEMA personnel in Southern Africa
    • remuneration of translators during presentations
    • and one night in a South African Game Reserve.
  3. Stipend:  Up to $3000 to offset school costs for the following year, that might have been earned in a Stateside work opportunity.
  4. Final amount to be raised by the intern:-
    • Minimum – An amount to pay for trip fees and daily rate.
    • Maximum – An amount to pay for trip fees, daily rate plus additional funds attributed to the Stipend amount.

Cross Cultural/Bible Teaching

In this internship, the intern would shadow a career missionary whose primary ministry responsibilities revolve around teaching at Zion Evangelical Bible Schools (ZEBS), Sunday School Teacher Training, or Youth Leadership Training. Contact our office to discuss available dates and locations for this internship, as well as the specific needs required for your internship.

Description: ZEMA offers students a variety of internships in theology, pastoral, and cross-cultural studies. These internships are focused on developing personal skills, and leadership training of national church pastors. The intern would shadow career missionaries at training conferences and/or Bible schools (ZEBS and ZBC). This internship could include an extended stay with the family of a national pastor, and participation in the ongoing ministry of his local congregation. This, as with all of ZEMA’s internships, allows the intern to raise a stipend up to $3000. The stipend amount will be determined at the conclusion of the internship (Total Raised-Total Costs= Stipend Amount).

Qualifications:

  1. A Bible school student with a desire for a cross-cultural internship
  2. A deep love for God and passion for His Word
  3. Able to put together a Bible lesson from existing material that should be covered in the lesson
  4. A servant’s attitude, coming to teach but also to learn, not trying to impose western standards on other cultures.
  5. A local congregation who will commit to pray for you
  6. Good physical health
  7. Consider yourself to be self-motivated
  8. Some (volunteer) experience in a church or ministry
  9. Develop a team of financial and prayer supporters

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Children’s Ministry/Cross-cultural

Description: This internship focuses on children’s ministry. We are looking for 2 to 3 interns with a heart for teaching children and equipping Sunday school teachers cross culturally.  The intern will develop curriculum and train youth leaders in national churches. Under the supervision of a career missionary, this intern would participate in developing and carrying out training conferences for youth leadership. This internship may involve traveling independently, by reliable public transport, between ministry locations.This internship could include an extended stay with the family of a national pastor, and participation in the ongoing ministry of his local congregation. This, as with all of ZEMA’s internships, allows the intern to raise a stipend up to $3000. The stipend amount will be determined at the conclusion of the internship (Total Raised-Total Costs= Stipend Amount).

Qualifications:

  1. A Bible school student with a desire for a cross-cultural internship in children’s ministry
  2. A deep love for God and passion for His Word
  3. Ability to put together and present Bible lessons for children
  4. A servant’s attitude, coming to teach but also to learn, not trying to impose western standards on other cultures.
  5. A local congregation who will commit to pray for you
  6. Good physical health
  7. Consider yourself to be self-motivated
  8. Some (volunteer) experience in a church or ministry
  9. Develop a team of financial and prayer supporters
  10. Two to three applicants must submit their applications as a group by March of each year.

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Communications (New)

Description:  In this internship, prior to arriving in South Africa, the intern will be in regular communication with the internship coordinator. Through this communication, a productive goal for the internship will be identified. This could include a multi-media presentation, or an archive of information such as pictures, videos, stories, and blog-posts. This intern will travel, and may do a bit of unaccompanied travel from one ministry location to another. In addition to the internship coordinator, he/she will be assigned a missionary who is primarily responsible for the internship while the student is in Southern Africa. This internship may involve traveling independently, by reliable public transport, between ministry locations. This, as with all of ZEMA’s internships, allows the intern to raise a stipend up to $3000. The stipend amount will be determined at the conclusion of the internship (Total Raised-Total Costs= Stipend Amount).

Qualifications:

  1. A communications major
  2. A deep love for God and a close personal walk with Him
  3. A local congregation who will commit to pray for you
  4. Good physical health
  5. Consider yourself to be self-motivated
  6. Some (volunteer) experience in a church or ministry
  7. Develop a team of financial and prayer supporters

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Camping Ministry

Description: This internship is at Sunbury Christian Camp in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. The intern would be involved in ministries and tasks at Sunbury Christian Camp in line with his/her skills and experience and those needed at the time. The intern would be assigned specific duties that are a help to the career missionaries ministering at Sunbury. These duties would allow the intern contact with the Sunbury employed staff working on the Grounds, in Maintenance, and the Housekeeping Staff. Some ministry in local communities may be assigned by the missionary overseeing Community Ministries. Contact our office to discuss available dates and locations for this internship, as well as the specific needs required for your internship. This, as with all of ZEMA’s internships, allows the intern to raise a stipend up to $3000. The stipend amount will be determined at the conclusion of the internship (Total Raised– Total Costs= Stipend Amount).

Qualifications:

  1. A student with an interest in Christian camping/hospitality ministry
  2.  Some experience in a local congregation or ministry
  3. A deep love for God and a close personal walk with Him
  4. A servant’s attitude: a willingness to do any of the tasks related to the camping ministry. This may include light maintenance, manual labor, supervision of staff and administrative responsibilities.
  5. A local congregation who will commit to pray for you
  6. Good physical health
  7. Consider yourself to be self-motivated
  8. Develop a team of financial and prayer supporters

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Christian Education / Cross Cultural

Description: We are looking for 2 to 3 interns with a heart for teaching children and equipping Sunday School teachers cross culturally.  These may apply to ZEMA as a group

  1. Modify curriculum, creating a series of themed lesson plans that are culturally sensitive to use in areas where staffing and material resources are limited.  This should include a variety of content.  (i.e. lecture, story-telling, memory work, drama, object lessons, pictures and hand craft.)
  2. Development of Object Lessons
  3. The first 3 to 4 weeks will be spent in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa for:
    • Cultural orientation
    • Creative development of a themed series of lessons (5-7).  This will be carried out in consultation with a missionary and local Sunday school teacher.
    • Plan and present a one day Sunday School Teacher Training (SSTT) seminar with the missionary and local teacher
  4. The last 3 to 4 weeks will require independent travel by reliable public transport to three other areas of ministry in South Africa and Swaziland to present the one day SSTT seminar in those areas.
  5. Mentoring Meetings : a weekly ministry debrief with the supervising ZEMA missionary
  • Debrief the previous week.
  • Weekly goals, plans, location of the coming week.
  • Teaching content and preparation tips.
  • Midpoint review and final evaluation as required by your school.

Qualifications:

  1. A heart for teaching children & Sunday School teachers
  2. A deep love for God and a close personal walk with Him
  3. A local congregation who will commit to pray for you
  4. Good physical health
  5. Consider yourself to be self-motivated
  6. Some (volunteer) experience in a Sunday School ministry
  7. Develop a team of financial and prayer supporters

Further questions

Greg Seghers, Field Director     [email protected]