National Interns Day Thursday, July 29, 2021 – Today is National Interns Day, created by an organization called WayUp. According to their website, “WayUp was made to enable early-career candidates to discover and be discovered by employers. From landing paid internships throughout college to your first or second job (or even third job), WayUp is there for you and helping you to uncover opportunities for your future that you never even knew existed. And we’re always making sure that the jobs we recommend will benefit you as much as they will benefit the company. Because finding you a career that you love is what inspires us the most.”1
Internships allow undergrad and grad students the opportunity to explore jobs within their field of interest. Working alongside seasoned professionals, the intern is able to gain knowledgeable, real-life experience and insight that cannot be found in a classroom. The professional takes the intern under their wing, guiding them around the pitfalls, and teaching them the way to accomplish the job.
This symbiotic relationship is beneficial to the seasoned professionals and established companies. Interns are right out of college and have been taught the latest, innovative methods. They bring needed upgrades at a fraction of the cost.
While the fresh approaches and innovations may not be 100% transferrable to the established company, there are ideas that can be gleaned and tweaked to fit the needs of the company. Fresh knowledge combines with seasoned wisdom and if the two are willing to work together, great results are sure to happen.
Have you ever thought of the church as being a place full of interns? We should. In fact, we must!
“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: (2) That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. (3) The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; (4) That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, (5) To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (6) Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. (7) In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, (8) Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Titus 2:1-8)
If you are one of the aged of the church, you need an intern. You need a younger person that you can personally train and equip. This person needs to “learn the ropes.” And you are just the person to teach them.
The younger person has a fresh energy that can be tapped. They think “outside the box.” Let’s face it and be honest. We can become rather stale and set in our ways because this is comfortable. Like the ratty chair or worn-out sneakers, we feel safe with what we know. Rather than being afraid of youthful ideas, you can use those to help give yourself a boost.
Right now, the aged who are reading this are in a panic. We see some of the things that the youth of the world are doing and calling “innovative” and it ought to frighten us.
The company doesn’t work for the intern. The intern works for the company. And the company has to set the standard. The business model is theirs and it has obviously worked.
Within the church, youthful ideas are probably going to be heavy on emotion and light on experience. They are also going to lack maturity. That’s not an insult or put-down. It’s just a fact. As the mentor to the intern, you can help them Biblically weed out ideas that are worldly and adjust the ideas that have merit but require maturity.
One thing you have to love about the intern is their faith. They believe wholeheartedly that their idea is going to work. While a company and a church are two entirely different things, the faith of the Christian needs to be nurtured. Even when the idea is bad, the faith can be awesome.
Who is your “church intern?” What a great opportunity to train – and retain — the next generation!