Important Information About Intern and Coordinator Positions

If you’re reading this page, most likely you are considering applying for an Intern or Coordinator position at Bama Wesley. We’re so thankful for your willingness to serve in this way and look forward to continuing this journey with you as we discern whether this is how God is calling you to serve. We want to be upfront about the application process and what is expected of you now and if you are selected to be one of our Interns or Coordinators. This page explains most of that, but if you still have questions please feel free to contact one of our current Interns or Executive Staff members. We would love to discuss any questions you may have and pray with you about your interests, capacity, and the expectations of these positions.

What you’re getting into

Both Intern and Coordinator positions at Bama Wesley come with considerable authority and an equal amount of responsibility. In discerning whether these positions are the best ways for you to serve, we encourage you to prayerfully consider whether you can responsibly commit to the time requirements of each position in light of your school work, as well as your ability to uphold the high standards to which leaders at Bama Wesley are held.

Expectations of Interns and Coordinators

To a large degree, the expectations of you (and, by extension, your team) will vary based on the needs of the ministry. However, there are some baseline expectations for all members of our Intern and Coordinator team:

For both Interns and Coordinators

  • Be at least a rising second-semester freshman (for Coordinators) or a rising sophomore (for Interns)
  • Be able to serve for the entirety of their term of service
  • Uphold Bama Wesley’s leadership standards both in the course and outside of their official responsibilities
  • Be regularly engaged in the life of the ministry, including in areas outside of those where they serve

For Interns

  • Hold at least five “office hours” per week where you are physically in the office and available to meet with students.
  • Participate in a 90-minute weekly staff meeting (day and time to be determined each semester based on class schedules).
  • Meet monthly with the Campus Pastor for a check in with your team and leadership development.
  • Meet monthly with another Executive Staff member or screened and trained non-student member of the larger Bama Wesley community for spiritual formation and leadership development.
  • Meet as needed with your team no less frequently than monthly.
  • Participate in the life of Bama Wesley, including worship, pre-service prayer, and events.

For Coordinators

  • Participate in one-on-one meetings with the Intern to whom you report as requested.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Participate in monthly leadership meetings.
  • Participate in the life of Bama Wesley, including worship, pre-service prayer, and events.

Terms of Service

Interns are expected to commit to a full school year of service, beginning on August 1 and ending on May 31.

Coordinators will generally serve for a full school year, but may choose to commit to only one semester. If you know you will be co-oping, studying abroad, or otherwise will not be on campus full-time for the full school year, we encourage you to consider applying for a Coordinator position.

How applicants are assessed

We want to be upfront about how we assess applicants for both Intern and Coordinator positions. Specifically, we assess applicants on four primary dimensions:

Character: We expect leaders at Bama Wesley to be people of high character. In other words, we want people who represent Wesley just as well on Tuesday night as they do on Saturday night. As a ministry, we also want people who have an active, growing relationship with God and are continually growing in their faith.

Chemistry: We believe that when we like the people we work with, it makes our teams and our ministry more effective. Hiring isn’t a popularity contest by any means, but we want people who get along well with our current students and staff.

Capacity: Capacity is measured on two fronts. First, we want people who have the margin in their lives to take on the additional responsibilities expected of them. This is both for your benefit and for ours – we don’t want you to spend your time with us stressed out because you’ve pulled your third all-nighter this week (because that’s not healthy for you), and we want you to be at your best when serving in your role at Wesley.

Secondly, we want people who will benefit from their time at Bama Wesley by growing personally, as leaders, and in their faith. We believe that both you and Wesley will benefit most if you come ready to learn and grow alongside your fellow leaders.

Competence: Competence is intentionally listed last because, while important, it’s a whole lot easier for us to teach competence (and likely that you come to this position with some level of competence) than any of these other characteristics. However, we do want to make sure that you have the basic technical skills to be successful in your position, and so we will ask about those as well as your own gifts and interests.

Other Considerations: While these “4 Cs” are the primary areas in which you will be assessed, there are a few other things we’ll be looking at as we review your applications:

  • Involvement in Wesley: We believe you’ll be most successful if you have already been involved in Wesley in some capacity, preferably as part of the leadership team for which you are applying. It’s also a plus if you’ve been involved in a small group and/or Phoenix Group.
  • Year in School: Anyone that is a rising second-semester freshman or older is welcome to apply for any open positions, but we do offer that we have found rising juniors to be most successful as they have the experience with Wesley necessary to understand our vision, but have not yet started being pulled in multiple directions as they look at grad school and life after college. If you’re not a rising junior, we will ask about your understanding of Wesley’s vision and your ability to take on these responsibilities during your interview.

What to expect

If, after reading all of this, you still want to apply, here’s what you can expect:

  1. Application: You’ll complete your application electronically and receive confirmation that we have received it (if you don’t get this within 6 hours, please email administration@bamawesley.org). The application asks for some basic contact information, including typical items like your resume.
  2. Interview: Interviews are conducted during the first two weeks of February (for Interns) and either the first two weeks of April or the first two weeks of November (for fall and spring semester Coordinators respectively). Intern interviews are conducted by the full Executive Staff and the current Intern (or another member of the team for which you are applying). Coordinator interviews are conducted by the current Intern, either the incoming Intern (for the fall semester) or an additional member of the team (for the spring semester) and a member of the Executive Staff. We know your schedule is busy, and will work with you as much as possible to find a time that works for both you and the interview team. Also, don’t get too nervous about your interview – most likely, we already know you, and the goal of the interview is to get to know you better and help both of us discern whether you’d be a good fit for the position and the position would be a good fit for you.
  3. Notification: By February 10 (for Interns), April 14 (for fall semester Coordinators), or November 14 (for spring semester Coordinators) you’ll be contacted by email as to whether or not you were selected for the position. At that time you’ll receive additional details about completing your new employee paperwork, orientation, and other details.

A final note…

We believe that there is a place for anyone who wishes to serve at Bama Wesley. Even if you are not selected for a staff position, we encourage you to get involved with one of our ministry teams where we believe God can and will use you to make a life-changing impact on campus.

Who to contact with questions

If you have questions not answered here about the responsibilities and expectations of Interns and Coordinators, please speak with any of our current Interns or Executive Staff members. The hiring process is managed by the Campus Ministry Administration office, so if you have questions about your application, interview, or any other part of the application process not answered here, please feel free to contact John Fleischauer at administration@bamawesley.org or sign up for an appointment by clicking here.