Frequently Asked Questions
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The Internship runs from mid-July through mid-May, with 2-3 weeks off for Christmas. Your first four weeks as an intern will be intensive training at the Axis HQ to prepare you for traveling, speaking, and mentoring students.
How many presentations will I need to learn?
You will need to learn about 21 presentations or 24 hours worth of material, which will be taught during training. 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- very different from a typical chapel or classroom setting. Travel team members are always engaging with the audience to maintain the student’s energy. We speak to the students through a familiar medium by using 50+ media clips per presentation in order to establish a relatable framework to create space for meaningful conversations. Above all, the presentation sessions encourage students to analyze pop-culture through the lens of a Christian worldview.
Can I get college credit?
Axis IS able to offer college credit for the internship only with your College/University’s approval. It is imperative to talk with your appointing advisor to clarify your undergraduate requirements. Also, it is possible to defer your student loans another year while interning with Axis. For further information about the deferment process, please ask.
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. Here is a sample Schedule that you might experience during Training. here.
Where would I live?
If you don’t already live in Colorado Springs, you will live in a host home. These hosts are generous people in the community who are willing to open their homes to you and Axis.
Do I get any time off and/or free time?
Yes, there are opportunities for time off and/or free time for both travel and office intern positions. Interns will be expected to work no more than eight hours per day, whether you are on the road or at the Axis HQ.
Travel Intern: Due to the nature of a travel intern’s schedule, time for rest will depend on the length of travel and commitments on the road, however there will be at least one day per week designated for rest while traveling. Upon returning to Colorado Springs, travel interns will also have time allotted for rest in consideration to the number of days on the road.
Office Intern: An in-office intern’s schedule is more consistent than an intern who travels. Interns who primarily work at HQ will have two days off per week (Saturday and Sunday).
What can I do during my time off?
During time off we encourage interns to take advantage of the exciting things to do in Colorado Springs; whether you enjoy attending concerts, exploring the outdoors, or appreciate local coffee shops, there’s always something to do! However you best rejuvenate, it is essential to utilize your time off to rest and process your travels. Whether a travel or an office intern, we recommend staying in Colorado Springs during your time off and investing in the community around you and one outside of Axis to cultivate new friendships!
What does a Travel Intern do?
Mainly, travel interns speak to students and parents under the leadership of an Axis Team Director. There are opportunities between speaking days to participate in touristy things like exploring Yosemite National Park or taking selfies in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. But interns will also be doing a lot of studying, one-on-one mentoring, spending time with host families, and keeping up with pop culture trends.
What does an Office Intern do?
Office interns 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 travel interns do.
Where does Axis speak? What types of venues do the teams normally speak at?
We speak all over the nation and sometimes internationally. It is possible for a team to speak on the west coast for two weeks of one month, then on the east coast for three weeks the next month.
Axis live teams present at a variety of venues. 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 assisting in various projects as needed. 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 to 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 inform leadership as soon as possible and we will try our best to accommodate. 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 three days to three 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 range from two to three weeks.
Will I need a passport?
Yes! Axis frequently has trips to Canada and has had multiple trips to Asia 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 traveling team interns, $500 for everyone else) 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 to help you break-even from your time here.
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. Traveling team members should budget to be in the office at least two weeks every month, and close to one month during December. Office interns should budget for all of their time being spent in the office.
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?
You will be required to pay for travel to and from Colorado Springs at the beginning and end of the Internship. You will be paying for your own gas to and from work and as you explore the Springs. You will also be required to pay for any travel you do during your time off, including any holidays or special events. While on the road with Axis, we will cover all food, housing, and travel but any non-work related costs will need to come out of your own pocket. However, as mentioned earlier, there is a small monthly stipend to help offset your costs.
Will there be other jobs or sources of income available around the Spring?
As the internship stands right now, it is advisable that interns not seek out an additional source of income from anywhere around the Springs since we do not want another job to interfere with our travel schedule.
How many teams are there? How many Internship spots are available?
Currently, there are 2 traveling teams and a few intern positions in-office.. Traveling teams consist of 2 men and 2 women (1 of which is the Team Director). There are currently 10 positions available: 5 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 Travel Team or the Office position. Axis reserves the right to place you on whatever team we deem best fits your personality and Axis. We do our best to choose diverse personalities and put together teams that will complement one another well.
Who are the Team Directors?
Our two Team Directors are Logan and Alie. See their bios here.
How do I know which team I should apply for?
That depends! Axis is a unique internship that has different opportunities. First, think about what you enjoy doing. Do you enjoy relating ideas or creating new ones? Do you enjoy public speaking, traveling, and meeting new people? Then the Road Team may be for you! Or do you enjoy learning about the behind the scenes of a nonprofit? Do you enjoy working in the areas of marketing, journalism, video editing, or creating content? If this sounds more like you, the office internship may be a better fit.
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 email@example.com.
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.