Try To Compensate Most nonprofits, like a church, will have a difficult time trying to fully compensate an intern at market value. And this is understandable, they’re a nonprofit. But try to compensate your interns to a degree with a lump sum stipend or honorarium at the end of the program.
Most interns are forgoing a summer job so trying to compensate helps you financially meet them in the middle. I wouldn’t encourage you to lead with the compensation because it isn’t the main value of the internship, and you don’t want to frame it that way. But be ready to tell any would be applicants how much the stipend is. And if the intern never asks, then they will be pleasantly surprised when you hand then a check on their last day. Either way it is a win-win.
Develop Your Own. The best people to develop are right in front of you. When churches were asked where their best interns came from, they said from within the church. If you are just starting an internship program or are having trouble finding the right people for it, make sure to look inside first.
Follow the pattern of Jesus here. He told his disciples to look for would be interns (disciples) in Jerusalem, Judea and then Samaria. Jesus said to look for people to partner with first in Jerusalem(your church), then Judea (your community), then in Samaria (your region). Let’s follow this example by developing our own people first. So put the word out to your own people through announcements,website and social media and start developing your own. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the level of interest you receive.