SI staff serving in the International Office or on the field in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guatemala and Nicaragua are called to bring students and the poor together cross-culturally to encounter God, share the Good News, disciple and serve others in occupational ministries.
If you want to use your career or academic pursuits to see students and the poor transformed into the likeness of Christ and discover their true calling, please consider applying to join our staff. Before you apply, you should review the following:
If you are interested in an intern position, please contact us first to begin your application.
Once you have decided that you are interested, complete the Staff Inquiry Pre-Application here:
Staff Inquiry Application
After you have submitted the pre-Application, the Human Resources Department will contact you to determine if there are any staff opportunities that might be a fit.
Continue to pray about whether the Lord is leading you to work with our ministry.
Staff Frequently Asked Questions
We work with you to develop a budget to meet your personal financial needs. All financial gifts are tax deductible. One hundred percent of the money you raise goes directly to your support. We update a password-protected page to inform you of your donors and donations while you are on the field.
For a single North American staff, the budget usually falls between $1,200 and $1,500 a month. Out-going costs usually come to about $9,000. This includes airfare for an interview, training, language placement, and to the field assignment, costs for language studies, purchasing a vehicle in country, pre-field training, and personal items.
Yes! Many of our staff are beginners in Spanish when they are accepted to minister with us. Once you have been accepted you will give yourself a language assessment. This will help your supervisor to develop a language-learning plan with you. We have worked with a variety of language schools in both Costa Rica and Guatemala. Depending on your level of Spanish to begin with, and how easily you learn the language, you may be studying from three to nine months to get to the necessary proficiency. You must be a high-intermediate before you can begin working on the field.
Ministering cross-culturally can be challenging even for the most experienced. We offer a variety of training opportunities to provide a foundation for your mission work. You will read and write response papers to four books covering the topics of youth ministry, spiritual growth, transformational development, and the history and culture of the country you will be working in. You will also attend a three-week training in Colorado at Missions Training International (MTI). After arriving to the field, you will have an orientation to the ministry and receive on-going training on a variety of topics.
You will fly to the country that you are applying to work in to meet with the leadership team and other staff for about a three-day interview. During this time you will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about your potential future ministry. The leadership team will also facilitate a formal interview during one of the days. You will pay for the airfare during the interview, and Students International will host you during your time in country.
This depends on many factors such as the time it takes to meet your budget goals, completing your pre-field training, and how much language training is needed. Typically it ranges from four to twelve months after you have been accepted.
Staff meets regularly for corporate times of worship and Bible study. Each staff member will also be attending a local church. In addition, each staff member will have an SI supervisor to provide accountability and guidance. During your initial six months on the field you will be considered a 'staff in training' and will meet often with your supervisor to help you with the transition of living in a new country, working in a new area of ministry, and developing new relationships. You will also have opportunities to cultivate a strong financial and prayer support base.
Andrew Grigg, Student, James Madison University