God is calling Christian families to take dominion of both the means and ends of higher education to deliberately bring glory to God and heaven to earth in the lives of students, families, teachers, and educational systems. Christian young people (single or married) desiring to take every thought and subject captive to the obedience of Christ will richly benefit from an internship with the Concourse. Each intern is taught to be a free agent (1 Corinthians 7:21) toward implementing this Biblical understanding in their own family business which transforms culture with God given and Spirit-led vision, gifts and passion.
The Concourse receives internship proposals from Christian home educated young people each semester for one, two, or three semester positions. Wives of married interns are welcome to help their husbands in Concourse intern activities, as fit with being faithful keepers at home (Titus 2:5). Christian young people who plan to home educate their children, but did not experience home education themselves, are also encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals are due two months prior to the start of each semester. They are reviewed and acknowledged one month prior to the start of each semester.
Our internships are available to Christian young men, typically between 18 and 26 years of age, who have received Christ (John 1:12; John 3:3), are teachable (2 Timothy 2:2), that walk in humility (1 Peter 5:5), and have an earnest desire to grow in godly knowledge, wisdom, and understanding (Psalm 51:6; Proverbs 1:7; 3:7), as a son of God (Romans 8:14).
We need individuals who manifest the fruit of the Spirit for their God given insights, creativity, capacity, wisdom, diligence, efficiency, integrity, boldness, decisiveness, contentment, flexibility, respectfulness, honesty, and love for others. (Galatians 5:22-23: Acts 1:8).
The interns must enjoy God, people, scholarship, adventure, physical work, and have a godly zeal to labor with the Concourse to engage the culture in defining the university for future generations.
Provisions, Learning Opportunities, and Responsibilities
The interns exchange their diligent and faithful work for the room, board, and learning opportunities provided by the Concourse. Other expenses are to be covered by the intern.
The interns receive free admission to the Concourse, free advising, weekly meals and fellowship with Concourse families, along with some free books and references.
We nurture and provide opportunities for each intern to grow in their own areas of interest plus the general areas of: leadership, problem identification and problem solving, work organization, initiative, responsibility, Biblical analysis and scholarship, original and creative thinking, accuracy and thoroughness, diligence and perseverance, healthy attitudes, cooperativeness, high quality work, effectiveness in oral and written communication.
Interns who excel during their intern experience will be given priority for ongoing Concourse business collaborations.
Interns will be assigned work, classroom, and after hours study and service schedule to fulfill both the developmental needs of the Concourse and discipleship needs of the intern (Matthew 28:20). The discipleship aspects convey the Christian worldview of government, social action, law, education, discipleship, medicine, psychology and counseling, science and technology, art and communication, economics, business and occupations, local and world evangelism, church unity, family, helping the hurting, pastoral renewal, and revitalizing Christian colleges and universities.
Topical emphases include: Apologetics. American History. Biblical patriarchy. Children as blessings. Christian scholarship. Church history. Course and curriculum development. Effective communication. Family worship. Home education. Professional Writing. Systematic theology. Research methods. Young earth creation science.
Opportunities to grow in godly character though hands-on service learning will derive from assisting Biblically minded families in the Concourse fellowship of churches, where each intern will attend regularly. The intern will be scheduled for 4 to 6 hours of such opportunities each week, typically on Fridays or Saturdays.
All learning is documented using a unique curriculum transcript and portfolio methods.
All internships emphasize the implementation of Biblical thought in family, church, education, business, and culture. The interns can choose from one of the following themes or propose another theme for their internship experience. Each theme is designed to support the Concourse mission and provide a challenging and life changing internship experience.
The Biblical Business Theme involves the intern in all aspects of our business including the development of Biblical business courses and curriculum development, marketing, cash method accounting, customer service, business and market research, budgeting, sales, tax law, conference organizing, public speaking, business communications, business organizational management, and more.
The Digital Dominion Theme provides opportunities for computer science interns to put their gifts and previous experience to use in developing media and web applications that support courses, book design, web design, and business developments. Interns desiring to enter on this theme will need to be comfortable learning and using: Microsoft XP, Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Freehand, and Flash, HTML, MySQl with php, Real Producer, Moodle, Web4M, digital still and video camera, web conferencing set-up and support.
The Christian Education Theme is for Christians who understand that all knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord and that all valuable teaching and learning must acknowledge God in the details (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 3:5-6). The intern will be involved in researching, developing, and monitoring several courses in their area of ability and interest. Good typing and English skills are especially helpful for this theme.
The Eternity Engineering Theme is for interns with an interest in the application of science, mathematics, technology, and engineering to serve the Christian family and church through the invention, development, prototype, and production of Christian family strengthening products, processes, and enterprises. These interns will be engaged in the development, production, marketing, and sales of our worldview board games or other new product development. Both creativity and mechanical skills are needed this theme.
Transportation and Travel
Interns will need their own dependable vehicle for business errands. Long distance travel will be covered by the Concourse, as needed.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR CONCOURSE INTERNSHIP
Each young person requesting an internship with the Concourse first submits a proposal to creatively communicate their current abilities and thematic interests. The proposal can be crafted in any form to contain at least the following information:
1. Include the following vital information: name, address, email, website (if any), phone, birth date, driving experience, description of vehicle owned, recent photograph.
2. Short essays under each of the following titles: My Growing Relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, My Relationships with Others, My Character Strengths and Weaknesses, What the Scriptures Teach about Education, My Experience with and or Plans for Home Education, Most Influential Books Read In Recent Past, Computer Knowledge and Interests, Internship Thematic Interest Rationale, and My Fit with the Concourse Mission.
3. For perspective, the Concourse considers the Lord Jesus Christ as its primary customer. We aim to please Him in Spirit and in Truth such that He works through us to accomplish His will in the earth, nothing more, nothing less. As a final short essay, describe how you have experienced Romans 8:14 and relate Psalms 127:1 with Mark 10:45 to the internship opportunity at the Concourse.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God Romans 8:14
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalm 127:1
For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
4. Resume and or portfolio of your accomplishments which may be of service to the Concourse, including items beyond the specifically mentioned internship themes.
5. Two signed and dated letters of recommendation from your local church elders that answer the following questions: (a) How long and how intimately have you known the potential Concourse intern? (b) Is this applicant humble, teachable, and apt to teach others? (c) Describe situations in which you have noticed humility, teachableness, and or other character qualities in this potential intern. These letters are to be sent directly from the elders to the Concourse and will not be disclosed to the applicants.
6. If unmarried, signed and dated letter of approval from the applicant's father (mother if absent father). This letter should: (a) State that "My son has my full and heartfelt blessing to participate in the Concourse internship." (b) Provide fatherly (motherly) insights to help the Concourse serve the applicant and your family.
Married interns provide a letter of approval from their spouse. This letter should: (a) State that "My husband has my full and heartfelt blessing to participate in the Concourse internship." (b) Provide wifely (husbandly) insights to help the Concourse serve your family.
Internship proposals must be received by July 1st for fall semester internships, November 1st for spring semester internships, and April 1st for summer semester internships. Questions and complete proposals can be mailed to:
Biblical Concourse of Home Universities
1854 107th St NE
Bottineau, ND 58318-8050
For answers to any questions, please call: (701) 263-4574