The first step to joining an EMI Internship is to create your EMI account. An EMI account is your passport to go with EMI and apply for an Internship. Create or update your EMI account.
EMI Internships are predominantly in fields relating to architecture and civil engineering. We typically host internships in architecture, civil engineering, environmental engineering, structural engineering, and construction management. Occasionally, we also offer internships in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and chemical engineering. Sometimes there are opportunities for internships in graphic design, journalism, and other non-construction-related fields as well.
EMI internships are available for students who have completed at least their third year of University studies in their major. In some cases, your EMI Internship may qualify for credit hours toward your degree programme, or as a University design project, or as a Co-Op placement. However, this varies widely by University and internship location, and will require advance approval & coordination. Often, EMI interns have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees, or have been in the professional workplace for a year or two.
Applying for an EMI Internship begins with submitting a pre-application online. This ‘pre-app’ is valid for internships at all EMI locations offered in the selected term and year. Once you submit a ‘pre-app’, a member of the EMI Internships team will follow up with you to provide more information and the materials you will need to complete your EMI Internship application. The final step is a phone interview with a member of the EMI Internships team, which is scheduled after the Term application deadline.
After these phone interviews, the EMI Internships team works across EMI to determine how applicants align with internship needs at each location. We take your internship location preference seriously, but must balance these preferences with the needs across EMI. Approximately 2-3 weeks after the phone interview, you will receive a follow-up call from EMI about final decisions. We hope you will be joining us!
EMI internships are unpaid positions. The cost of an internship varies based on the duration and location of your internship. Costs include EMI tuition, housing, travel and other expenses. Interns are responsible to cover all their expenses while at EMI and are able to raise financial support through EMI to accomplish this. The EMI Internships team will help guide and assist interns raising individual financial support.
Scholarships are available to help meet internship costs in part, and in certain cases, in full. The EMI location hosting the internship makes the final determination on scholarships. An estimate of your total internship costs and available scholarships will be included in the follow-up information we send you after we review your online pre-application.
Most T1 (starting Jan) and T3 (starting Aug) EMI interns start their experience in Colorado, USA for intern orientation. During this week, we introduce you to the history and vision of EMI, and give you tools to discover more about yourself and the cultures you will encounter during your internship. Following orientation, interns travel to their assignment locations for more specific training and orientation.
In T2 (starting May), EMI interns travel directly to their assignment locations for training and orientation.
Every intern travels on an EMI project trip or visits an EMI project site within or outside their assignment country. However, this time in the field visiting a client ministry is only a portion of the internship. The majority of an intern's time is spent in an EMI office, typically with an EMI staff project leader as their supervisor. Interns are given varying responsibilities depending on discipline, education, and experience. Interns will gain exposure and experience in AutoCAD, SketchUp, and other design software as well as interact with EMI Staff and volunteer design professionals from a variety of disciplines. EMI interns work closely with their assigned project manager and volunteer professionals to produce the project design plans and reports for the client.
Want to know more? Check out "A day in the life."
You may wake up in the home of a host family or next to your fellow interns. Your intern colleagues might be from Canada, the USA, Uganda, India, or elsewhere and your relationships with them are one of the most valuable things you will gain during your internship. Your commute could be as simple as walking next door, a 10-minute hike, or riding a bus or the metro to get to the office.
Though each office looks different and surroundings vary, EMI opens every day around the world in prayer. This time of devotion is a wonderful time to dedicate your work to God each day. After prayer, EMI gets to work. The tasks of an intern vary from architectural or engineering design to AutoCAD drafting and report writing. Interns help communicate with project volunteers, make logistical arrangements for their project leader, and do red-line edits on project work. In addition, interns will take a normal part of keeping an office running, making copies, binding reports, going to the post office, buying supplies, etc. Other interns will wake up while it is still dark and begin their journey to a construction site. The day is full of working with local workers to ensure the project is built as designed.
Regardless of location, all interns are involved in ministry activities. You could be serving meals in a soup kitchen, walking to local villages to help in a medical clinic, or simply playing with children at a local ministry. EMI interns also participate in a Bible study focused on Christian Discipleship and are assigned an EMI staff (or staff’s spouse) mentor to keep touch and encourage spiritual growth. This mentoring takes different forms, but interns build lasting relationships with the EMI staff at their assignment location.
The focus of an EMI Internship is discipleship. We want to see our interns grow as much as possible professionally as an engineer or architect. More than that, we want to see our interns grow spiritually towards greater intimacy with God and obedience to Jesus Christ.
For specific information on what an EMI Internship is like in a particular location, browse to an EMI location and check out the internships page.
Q: Will I get to go to the EMI location I choose?
A: The EMI Internships team takes your location preference seriously and tries to accommodate them whenever possible. However, across EMI, there are often more candidates for an internship in one location than in another, and we ask that you be willing to serve where EMI’s need is greatest.
Q: Does EMI have rolling applications?
A: No. EMI will review all applications at the deadline date and proceed from there. We will not accept interns earlier than their committed semester.
Q: What if my university is on the quarter system?
A: We recommend that you apply for a T3 (Aug-Dec) or T1 (Jan-May) internship or apply after you graduate. It is difficult for to accommodate quarter system students in T2 (May-Aug).
Finance / Support Raising
Q: How much will I be paid for my internship?
A: EMI Internships are unpaid.
Q: How do scholarships work?
A: Once you submit your online pre-application, the EMI Internships team will follow-up with an initial idea of your costs and the scholarships available. Scholarships are handled and scaled differently from location to location, and are finally determined once you have completed your internship application.
Q: How much time do I have to raise support for my internship?
A: You have from your acceptance to the beginning of your internship to raise support, usually about three months.
Q: What if I have never raised financial support before?
A: The EMI Internships team will coach you through the support raising process. Support raising gets others involved with EMI’s ministry and how God is calling you to join it.
Q: What do the internship costs include?
A: Internship costs include travel and living expenses. Travel costs include travel to field offices and/or travel associated with your project trip (includes insurance). Living expenses vary by EMI location.
Q: What is NOT included in the internship costs?
A: Internship costs do not include immunizations, passport fees or visa costs, travel to Colorado, USA for orientation, leisure travel/activities, etc.
Q: What do I do about medical/health insurance?
A: EMI will purchase insurance for all interns serving outside of their home country. This insurance covers the insured while outside of their home country.
Technical Work / Projects
Q: What classes can help me prepare for an EMI internship?
A: AutoCAD, Technical writing, Surveying, any Structural design classes especially Reinforced Concrete, Masonry, or Steel, Water/Wastewater treatment, Hydro I&II, Public Health Eng., Water Distribution, all Architecture studios. Experience in another internship using skills applicable to EMI can also help prepare you for an EMI Internship.
Q: What projects will I work on?
A: EMI projects can be anything from a church to a hospital to a children’s home to a ministry centre for the elderly. Interns also help on projects from past terms, or on ongoing projects under construction or beyond the initial design phase. You can see some of our completed projects in the EMI Project Portfolio.
Q: Where will I travel to on my project trip?
A: Your project trip is usually in or near your internship assignment country. If your internship is at EMI USA or EMI Canada, however, your project trip could be to any area of the world. Your project trip assignment might be set by the time of your acceptance, but most often project trip assignments are made shortly before the start of the internship. You can see upcoming project trips on the Trips page.
Q: What are the different EMI offices like?
A: You can find out more about each office and what internships are like there by browsing EMI ‘locations’ and checking their internships page.