FAQs



Summer Internship FAQs

  • Is this a paid position?
  • Yes. Summer interns receive a $2,500 living stipend, along with room and board. If you are an international student, this can be a scholarship to your university.
  • What documents do I need to be hired?
  • An I-9 will need to be completed in the hiring process. More information can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-9-paper-version.pdf
  • Can I take a summer class or have an additional job while serving with Project Transformation Rio Texas?
  • During their summer of service, interns cannot have commitments outside of Project Transformation, such as summer school or another job. However, if a major requires an internship or field placement hours, PT oftentimes meets those requirements. Please note this on the application and contact us with questions.
  • Do I get any time off?
  • Yes, each week, summer interns have Friday evening– Saturday evening as personal/community time.
  • Do we get the 4th of July off
  • Yes. We observe the July 4th holiday.
  • What if I don’t have a home church?
  • Having a home church has no bearing on your participation as an intern. However, PT is strongly supported by churches throughout South Texas, and you may be linked to a partner church here to support you during your internship.
  • What if my church can’t commit to all of the obligations set out in the Partner Church Letter of Commitment?
  • Project Transformation staff will work with each intern and his/her partner church in order to fulfill the obligations.
  • Does Project Transformation provide transportation to/from intern housing and the church sites?
  • Project Transformation will designate one person to drive each team every day to the church sites.
  • Can I bring my musical instrument or art supplies with me?
  • Yes, please do! Your instruments and art supplies will be a great asset to the community.
  • Are housing and meals provided?
  • Yes, interns live together in housing provided by Project Transformation. Self-serve breakfast items are available each morning, and lunch with the children is provided at each site on program days. Volunteer groups from our partner churches provide dinners on most evenings and stay to share in the fellowship with our interns. You are responsible for providing your own food Friday evening– Sunday afternoon.
  • Where will I live? Will I have a roommate?
  • Interns lives together in Christian community. You will be assigned a roommate(s).
  • What do I need to bring?
  • A complete packing list is provided upon your acceptance, but plan to bring bedding for a twin-size bed, bathroom supplies, casual clothes to wear each day at site (including gym shoes), a wrist watch, church clothes, swimsuit (modest), and sunscreen.
  • What items should I not bring for the summer?
  • Do not bring mini refrigerators, microwaves, TV’s, DVD players, candles, or extension cords. Laptops, computers, printers, DVD’s, and CD’s can be brought at your own risk.
  • Do I have to attend my site church worship service each Sunday?
  • Yes. Attending church at your site is a great way to engage with the congregation, and be exposed to the complete urban church experience. This is also an opportunity to take on a worship role, by leading the children’s sermon, a prayer, music, etc. Your presence in the church service encourages our program’s participating children and youth to attend church as well.
  • Can I bring my cell phone?
  • Yes, cell phones are permitted. However, cell phones use is not permitted during program hours, to ensure the safety and engagement of the children.
  • Will I have Internet access?
  • Yes.
  • Can I get time off for weddings, special circumstances, etc? How should I request it?
  • Taking time off is not encouraged because it disrupts our programming; however getting time off for special events is possible. You must make a request to the Project Transformation Rio Texas Program Director before you complete hiring paperwork. Time off is granted depending on the nature of the activity and adequate advance notice. Such requests are discussed during the interview process.
  • Can my friends/family visit me at the house or program site?
  • Yes, family and friends are encouraged to volunteer at the site. They also may tour your housing, and be dinner volunteers. However, it is important that intern housing be a place of community for the interns. We do not permit guests to stay overnight.