Global Mapping International
GMI Apprentice and Intern Program
To provide a stepping-stone to mission service for a select few college
or seminary students or graduates or people in mid-career transition who
would join GMI staff for a two-year period as apprentices full or part
GMI is uniquely positioned at the intersection of certain needs of widely
- Mission organizations need more people with the kinds of technical,
research and communication skills that GMI has and could teach.
- College and seminary students are looking for ways they can serve and
get experience (and maybe credit) in the summer. Graduates often need some
experience beyond the classroom before they go overseas.
- Colleges and seminaries are open to new partnerships which create opportunities
for their students and thus strengthen their programs; GMI can offer them
- Mid-career people in business or military may be open to mission service
but unable to make the leap all at once, especially if it means two years
of support raising and/or classroom work before they get to DO anything.
- GMI is short-staffed at the middle-level in all parts of our organization;
we could achieve significantly more if we had some good apprentices around
- GMI would benefit from its personal connections with apprentices who
went on to serve with other missions. For example, they might serve at
a GMI associate site or assist with GMI product development. Some might
become long-term members of GMI staff, though that is not the main purpose
of the program.
- We recruit the cream of the crop, both in terms of their commitment
and their service potential. GMI may opt to leave a spot vacant rather
than accept an unsuitable candidate. We recruit in terms of specific projects
in our pipeline, such as "Listen First, Speak Later," Peoples
CD, Islam CD, etc.
- An apprentice serves for two years, one year on general duties and
the second year with a major project for which he/she is largely responsible.
The major project could be at a GMI associate site or it might be a partnership
project between GMI and the mission which the apprentice intends to work
for after completing the apprenticeship. (While at GMI, an apprentice might
also have a part-time position in a church to get ministry experience.)
- Each has his/her own supervisor/mentor who is a full-time GMI staff
- Each is provided with appropriate office space and computer equipment.
- Some general mission reading is required; the amount and kind of reading
will vary widely.
- The apprentice moves through levels of probation at two months, six
months, one year and two years. The apprenticeship can be terminated or
placed on a conditional basis at any of these times.
- Each apprentice will make at least one US trip and one overseas trip
during the two years.
Reporting to Loren Muehlius <[email protected]>
Job Description for Mapping Apprentice
- Learn and become proficient using mapping software (currently Atlas
GIS for Windows, future may include ArcView).
- Design, make, and print custom maps for mission organizations, churches,
- Create electronic maps if needed editing in CorelDraw or other graphics
- Assist in producing new overhead transparency map sets.
- Integrate new map sets into Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS)
- Develop and insert maps in CD products which use maps.
- Learn resources available and perform research for linguistic and geo-political
feature edits and additions to GMMS data.
- Digitize, edit, or update linguistic and geo-political features in
- Test GMMS and other new releases of Global Mapping software.
- Sort and catalog paper maps.
- Learn to use NovaJet printer and assist with printing maps as needed.
- Assist in training users of the software.
Computer Systems & Network
Reporting to Mark Patterson <[email protected]>
Job Description for Computer Systems & Network Support (General)
- Assist in maintaining hardware and software on the LAN: Includes troubleshooting
and fixing hardware and software problems (including e-mail problems on
client and server); installing hardware and software upgrades, including
operating system upgrades/changes; keeping an eye on disk space usage on
the NT Server; maintaining the Router.
- Assist in running the proposed PATT'S Place (or some equivalent): Includes
researching the uses current customers are making of GMI products; determining
what kinds of additional training would help them make better use of them;
publicize how people are applying our products to their work; offer tutorials
by e-mail; promote GMI training events, etc.; come up with and publish
a "Tip of the Week"; write and publish a FAQ on the Web.
- Keep track of traveling computers and software: Includes maintaining
an inventory of laptops, cases, LCD panel(s) and accessories (power cords,
strips and adapters), modems and phone cords, software (20:21 Library CD-ROMs,
Windows CD-ROMs, etc); checking hardware and software before and after
trips; signing out hardware and software for trips.
- Assist trainers in their preparations for training trips: Includes
gathering training hardware, software, accessories and cases in a staging
area for the trainer.
- Manage system backups on Windows NT Server: Includes changing tapes
Monday through Friday, checking the log each day to see if the job ran
without problems; changing tapes on the weekend when the Monthly Full Backup
runs; and giving Monthly and Weekly tapes to Loren for offsite storage
after they are used each time.
Other Possible Apprenticeships/Internships
- Missiological research
- Pproject management
- CD-ROM development
- Database development
- Communications, desktop publishing, graphic design
For More Information, Contact:
Global Mapping International
15435 Gleneagle Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80921 USA
E-mail: [email protected]
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