Frequently Asked Questions
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The Internship runs from July 17, 2017 to mid-May, 2018, with 2 to 3 weeks off for Christmas. Your first 4 weeks in July and August will be intensive training at the Axis HQ to get you ready for traveling, speaking, and mentoring students.
How many presentations will I need to learn?
You will need to learn about 21 presentations or 18.5 hours worth of material, which is why training is so long. Don’t worry! We will give you the information, skills, practice, and confidence you need to succeed!
What are the Axis presentations like?
Our presentations are highly interactive and visual, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Our teams are always moving around and interacting with the audience. We use 50+ media clips per presentation in order to relate to students through a familiar medium and speak their language. Above all, the sessions combine good ideas and essential theology with pop culture so that students see how worldviews affect every area of their lives.
Can I get college credit?
Currently, Axis is not able to offer college credit for the Internship. However, your school may be willing to offer you credit through one of their own programs, so make sure to talk to an advisor about your options. Also, interning with Axis may mean you can defer your school loans for another year. Ask about this if you need more information.
Why is training so long? Do I need to be there for all of it?
Training is 4 weeks long because you will be learning a LOT of material during that time. It is essential and absolutely required that you are present for all of training. See a sample Training Schedule here.
Where would I live?
If you don’t already live in Colorado Springs, you will live in a host home during training and when not traveling. These hosts are generous people in the community who are willing to open their homes to you and to Axis.
Do I get any time off and/or free time?
Being on an Axis team is a full-time schedule. But we do our best to make sure that teams have adequate time for rest, both on the road and during their weeks off. You will average no more than 8 hours a day, whether you are on the road or at the Axis HQ. You will have at least 1 day off per week while you are traveling and 2 days off (Saturday and Sunday) if you are working at HQ. You will have 1 week off per month to rest in Colorado Springs.
What can I do during my time off?
Whatever you would like to do! We do require that you stay in Colorado Springs (and not go home) in order to better invest in the community around you. We also require that you use your week off to rest and rejuvenate (however that looks for you) so that you are ready to give your all on the next trip. If you have time off during a trip, it is up to you and your team what you will do. Often, there are opportunities to sight-see or do something fun, which you are encouraged to participate in IF you are feeling rested and stress-free.
What does a Road Team Member do?
Mainly, Roadies speak to students and parents under the supervision of an Axis Team Director. But you will also be doing a lot of studying, one-on-one mentoring, spending time with host families, and keeping up to date with pop culture trends.
What does a Flex Team Member do?
Flexies will spend 60-80% of their time in the office, contributing to Axis behind the scenes and utilizing their strengths and experience to improve Axis and further the mission. The remaining time will be spent traveling and speaking, similar to what Roadies do.
Where does Axis speak? What types of venues do the teams normally speak at?
We speak all over the nation and sometimes internationally. A team could speak on the west coast for two weeks of one month, then on the east coast for three weeks the next month . . . or anywhere in between.
Venues at which Axis speaks vary greatly. Typically, we speak in Christian high schools, both large and small, but we also speak at colleges and universities, conferences, churches, and middle schools.
Where do we stay on trips?
Teams stay at host homes and hotels when traveling.
What happens if a Road Team doesn’t have enough venues to be traveling 3 weeks each month?
Though we don’t anticipate this being the case very often, if this situation does arise, you will still be required to work. Whatever time is not spent traveling will be spent at the Axis HQ helping Axis as necessary. Time off each month will be allotted based on how much time you have spent traveling with your team.
What if I get sick, have a family emergency, or have a wedding/graduation to attend?
If you get sick, your Team Director will allow you stay behind until you feel better. If you have a family emergency and need to go home, Axis will work with you to figure out the best way to accomplish that. If you have a wedding/graduation/other special event to attend, please tell us as soon as possible. We may or may not be able to work your team’s schedule around that event.
Can I request which trips to go on?
No. Because trips are assigned by team and by region, we cannot allow team members to request which trips to go on. However, if a team will be traveling near where your family lives, we will do our best to get you on that trip so you can see them.
How long is each trip?
Trip length varies greatly (anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks long), but we do try to schedule multiple venues in one area so that you spend a good deal of time in one place before traveling to a different place. Because of that, a lot of trips will be in the 2- to 3-week range.
Will I need a passport?
Yes! Axis frequently has trips to Canada and has had multiple trips to South Korea and South America. Who knows where else we’ll go this year?!
Are the Internships paid internships? How much is the monthly stipend? What if it doesn’t cover my costs?
The Internships are unpaid, but are designed to provide you with experience and learning money can’t buy. However, there is a small, monthly, taxable stipend ($250 for Roadies, $500 for Flexies) to help offset living costs. It is not meant to cover all of your living expenses, as this is an unpaid internship. Rather, the stipend is meant to help offset whatever costs you may incur. Please take time to use this worksheet and this example budget to evaluate whether you are able to cover all your own monthly expenses (bills, loan payments, gas, groceries, etc.) during your time with Axis.
Do I pay for travel costs?
You will be required to pay for travel to and from Colorado Springs at the beginning and end of the Internship. You will also be required to pay for any travel you do during your time off, including for any holidays or special events. All travel costs for Axis trips are covered by Axis.
What do I need to pay for?
When you’re on the road with an Axis team, all expenses (within reason) are paid for by Axis. You are responsible for your initial transportation to and final transportation from Colorado Springs. When you are not on the road, you are responsible for groceries, gas, household items, entertainment, and anything else you take part in. However, as mentioned earlier, there is a small monthly stipend to help offset your costs.
How many teams are there? How many Internship spots are available?
Currently, there are 3 teams (2 Road Teams and 1 Flex Team), each consisting of 2 men and 2 women (1 of which is the Team Director). There are currently 9 positions available: 4 for men and 5 for women.
Do I get to pick which team I’m on?
You can indicate on your application whether you’re more interested in the Flex Team or the Road Team. Axis reserves the right to place you on whatever team we deem best fits your personality and Axis. We do our best to analyze personalities and put together teams that are diverse and that will complement each other well.
Who are the Team Directors?
Our three Team Directors are Evan, Chris, and Stephanie. See their bios here.
What types of public speaking experience are you looking for?
There is no one specific type. We want to see that you have had to speak in front of audiences of 50+ people by yourself on a topic which you had to prepare ahead of time.
What if I’m not old enough or don’t have enough college credits?
We’re glad you’re interested in our internship! However, because the Internship is difficult and requires a lot of maturity, we must stick to our age and college-credit policies. But don’t forget about us! We’d love to have you join us in a couple years 🙂 If you’d like to get on our list of people to contact in the future, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am working at Summit Ministries for the summer. Can I still be an Intern at Axis?
Possibly! If you are working the first half of the summer, it is possible that you can still intern for Axis. If you are able to start training on July 17, 2017, then you’re good to go! Note: If you have committed to work for Summit past July 17, 2017, it may still be possible to Intern with Axis. You will need to talk to your supervisor about whether or not you can end your time with Summit early. However, if Summit needs you, then we ask that you honor your commitment to Summit. There’s always next year!
Can I have a job during the Internship?
Because you will be traveling so much and because the schedule varies so much, it is impossible to have another job. However, if you like to cut hair or do side work during your weeks off, that is acceptable as long as it never interferes with your Axis work, your rest, or your ability to give your all while on trips. You will need to obtain permission from your Team Director before committing to anything.