What Is The RUF Internship?
The two-year campus intern program offers college graduates an opportunity for learning how to minister to others through ministering to students on campus. Each intern serves under the direction of a campus minister who oversees the intern’s training program and their work with students. The intern’s personal development and spiritual growth are emphasized as important parts of this learning-ministering program.
How long is the commitment?
The Internship is a two year commitment with the first year beginning on June 1 after the intern has graduated college, and ending on May 31 of their second year.
Where will they be located?
Interns are assigned to campuses around the country based on the strategic needs of the campus and region. Placement decisions are made by our regional leaders and the RUF National Office. RUF campuses are located all across the U.S.
What does financial integrity look like within RUF?
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is an agency in good standing of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA is a denomination composed of agencies, presbyteries, and more than 1400 congregations. The denomination has received recognition from the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization, and RUF is included in the group.
RUF has also achieved accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability or ECFA as it is more commonly known. You can find more info about ECFA and their standards and practices by clicking here.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes. RUF is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. All donated funds go to further the mission of RUF. Whether you give to an individual campus, intern, the opening of a new work, or to our general fund, your gift will help us demonstrate to the world the work of Jesus. Additionallym your donation provides the basis for the transformation of the world and the “healing of the nations.”
Contributions are made with the understanding that the donee organization has complete control and administration over the use of the donated funds.
Will my child have to raise support?
Yes, because RUF is a non-profit organization, all interns are responsible for raising their annual budgets through the donations of friends, churches and businesses.
How much money will my child have to raise each year?
The average budget for an RUF intern is around $35,000. The budget includes salary, health insurance, ministry expenses, training expenses, and administrative fees. Budgets vary based on the individual intern’s financial needs as well as the cost of living for the area in which they are serving.
Will my child be trained to raise support?
Yes, all interns receive thorough and practical training in fundraising during the June Orientation lead by the Intern Department. In addition to group training, interns have regular contact with RUF National staff who check in to evaluate and encourage during the process. We consider support raising to be a benefit of the program because it requires that initiative be taken and personal responsibility developed in order to succeed. The skills learned throughout the fundraising process are some of the most helpful skills the intern acquires as they plan for whatever vocation they pursue post-internship.
What happens if my child doesn’t raise enough support?
Statistically, only 2% of interns fail to raise their support in time to be released to campus. That’s about one per year. What an encouraging statistic! Interns are equipped and encouraged to succeed in every way that we can, but it does happen that an intern may not raise the funds necessary to do the job.
Interns begin receiving financial benefits from RUF beginning June 1 of the year they are hired. Salaries, health insurance, trainings, and reimbursements are all part of what is being covered by RUF before the intern has raised any funds. These expenses often create a deficit in the intern’s account which is slowly erased as the intern’s support raising efforts bear fruit. Most often an intern who is not able to raise the funds required to be released to campus leaves RUF with an account deficit, and all donated funds are used to minimize the deficit. Any surplus funds in an intern’s account after all expenses have been paid may be refunded to donors on a first come, first served basis. Funds not returned to donors will go to the Intern Emergency Fund. The Intern Emergency Fund is a resource for interns who need assistance with unexpected expenses like car repairs, sudden health concern, emergency travel in the case of a family emergency, etc.
How can I help my child raise support?
- You can help your child raise support a number of different ways:
- Pray. Your child needs your prayers and they need to know you are praying for them!
- Encourage. Raising support is scary. They are putting themselves in challenging situations every time they meet with a potential donor, and they are doing it for the sake of the Gospel on the college campus and beyond. Let them know that you support them and that you are proud of them.
- Think about your friends who may be interested in supporting your child, and talk about the internship favorably with them. Pass along names to your child, and “set the table” for them for when they go to ask for support.
- Support them yourself. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but interns are so encouraged by the financial support their parents give. A lot or a little, it really is the thought that counts. (The additional funds are really helpful, too!)
How will my child be developed?
Interns are intentionally developed in the areas of spiritual growth, leadership skills,and entrepreneurial skills. Specifically, this happens through the one-on-one mentoring relationship with their Campus Minister as well as three national staff training events each year. Many skills are also developed through the experience itself, such as creative thinking and problem solving, relational authenticity, personal time management, volunteer coordination, and donor relations. These are all skills and experiences that employers find very attractive in new hires.
What will this look like on a resume?
The following is an example of what your son or daughter may put on his or her resume at the end of the RUF Internship:
- Initiated development and training programs for students.
- Effectively identified and developed potential student leaders.
- Raised over $35,000 for personal budget.
- Traveled to Norway with a team for a five-week project to train student leaders.
- Counseled and mentored students in decision-making and character issues.
Click here to view some real life resume examples from former RUF interns.
Are there seminary benefits?
Yes, many seminaries offer discounts and scholarships to RUF interns who complete the two year program.
What have other parents said about the internship?
Read more in our blog.