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nl4-6.jpgInterns: Key Cogs in the GMI Machine

People with technical or research skills, a heart for mission, and availability for a season play important roles in GMI projects – whether that season be measured in weeks, months or years. One former intern is still with GMI as full-time staff!

Sometimes we are asked, "With a small staff, how does GMI produce all those e-books, DVDs, CD-ROMs, web sites and research reports?" The short answer is: "We have a lot of help!"


Developing resources always requires a concentrated season of production – several weeks of intense work to design, write, program, test, revise, re-test, publish, promote, distribute and provide customer support.


Sound like fun? It is – and fulfilling and educational for interns who have a few weeks or months to play key roles. Interns come to GMI through many channels. Some have done it as a summer job; others have come during a home ministry assignment, for a school term to earn academic credit, to stay engaged while looking for work, or on loan from another agency to learn new skills.


However they come, GMI interns find themselves developing new skills and relationships while playing a key role in producing resources that impact the world for Christ. At the end of their time at GMI, they can usually point to a book, DVD, database or web site and say, "I was a part of creating that!"


What kinds of people make good interns? Anyone with a heart for Christ and a background in any of the following fields:

  • Computer Programming 
  • Information Systems
  • Database Management
  • Web Design
  • Missiology
  • Geography
  • Cartography
  • Marketing Research
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Writing
  • Social Media
  • Product Development
  • And many more

After being on the mission field for two years in the Middle East, Bethany Campbell concluded that she needed more training in research, specifically for missions. She found out about GMI through Operation World's website, learning about the role GMI played in the production of Operation World.


When she arrived at GMI, the staff was deep into producing the 2010 edition of Operation World. She jumped into the fray during a three-month internship, which eventually extended into another year. In addition to gaining GIS (geographic information systems) training and creating online maps for Operation World, she also learned about social media and became the voice of Operation World on Twitter and Facebook. She also worked alongside a local video editor to interview and film GMI's staff.


Bryan_desk_2009_v3.jpg"There was so much that I was involved with through my time at GMI," Bethany said. "The staff mentored me and trained me with practical skills needed in the work force, as well as encouraging me in my passion to pursue the Lord in serving Him in missions. Honestly, the training was impeccable, but one of the most important things I will take away from my experience with GMI is their friendship!"


Each internship/intern is different, leveraging the intern's areas of proficiency and interest to accomplish something valuable for the Kingdom. Working with GMI staff and partners around the globe results in an experience that is valuable to all.


But be warned – interning at GMI can have long-term consequences. In 2005, cartography grad student Bryan Nicholson came to GMI to work alongside Operation World's Patrick Johnstone to develop maps for what would become The Future of the Global Church. Three years later, Bryan returned to GMI on a full-time basis and currently serves as GMI's custom mapping expert.


To see if an internship might be a good fit for you, contact


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