LWF Internship Program
Department Desk Program Number: Global/Regional/ New/ongoing: Total request:
DMD-Youth PYD 9001 Global Ongoing USD 164,000
Program Name LWF Internship Program
Youth The program requires co-
operation with the Office
for Personnel. Depending
on the interns’ placement,
1. Cross-cutting the LWF Youth Desk will
themes and cooperate closely with
synergy other units in LWF.
Synergy characterizes the
program especially when
an intern serves in two
departments or units.
Priority area: 1. Strengthen the communion of Lutheran
churches in mission
Direction: 1.3. Capacity building that empowers the whole people
of God for participation in God’s mission
2. Links to Strategic Programmatic Goal: 1.3.1. Leadership in churches is further
Plan developed, in ways that ensure fair and equal participation of
women and youth
Programmatic Goal: 1.3.2. Member churches are better
equipped and empowered for proclamation and diakonia as an
integral part of God’s holistic mission promoting peace, resolve
conflicts and further Social and economic justice in church and
Through the program, interns bring the perspectives of youth and
3. Concurrence with concerns of their own churches to the work of the LWF secretariat.
the pressing The program provides skilled and equipped young leaders in
concerns of the member churches on completion of their internship. Within the
member program, priority is given to youth with little opportunity for
churches. international leadership training, taking into consideration a fair
balance between regions.
4. Program To provide leadership training for young people coming from
objectives LWF member churches
To increase participation of youth in the work of LWF
headquarters and/or regions and to provide a youth perspective
on the work in which an intern is assigned
The LWF Youth Internship program is a way of providing leadership
training for young people from and for LWF member churches. It
offers them the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the life of
the LWF, either in the LWF headquarters or in one of the regions.
Thus, interns are both resource persons and trainees. They
contribute their skills and fresh perspective in various activities for
5. Program and with the member churches. The program equips them
internationally and ecumenically through their experience with the
LWF and wider communion. Through international exchange and
discussions with the interns, the program provides LWF staff with
input from the perspective of youth. This allows them to integrate
youth concerns and ideas in the work of their respective
The program strives for strong collaboration with the internship
6. Cooperation with programs of other international ecumenical organizations (World
global and Council of Churches, World Alliance of YMCAs, World YWCA, World
ecumenical Student Christian Federation, Conference of European Churches
partners etc.). It is well established practice to have an internship retreat and
weekly learning sessions together.
1. Available internships will be announced among the youth
constituency in the member churches and the member churches. Up
to three interns will be placed each year in the LWF secretariat for a
period of 10-12 months.
2. The youth desk facilities the hiring process and coordinates
together with the Office for Personnel the welcome of the intern
including the availability of an apartment. In the selection the need of
the churches and the personal qualification are the guiding principles
7. Methodology & together with gender and regional balance.
3. Organization of Internship retreat with other ecumenical
organizations (WCC, CEC, YWCA, WSCF, YMCA; main
responsibility: LWF) - Goals: Introduction into wider ecumenical
movement, reflection on faith and personal objectives.
4. Several conversations between the youth desk, the intern and the
supervisor take place in order to ensure a good learning experience
for the intern.
5. A final report of the intern serves as an opportunity for reflection
and evaluation of the program.
8. Sustainability and A comprehensive evaluation was completed in 2006 to study the
impact of impact of LWF Youth programs. The impact of some programs,
program and/or including the internship program, will only become visible in the long
human resource term. However, one can already identify several former LWF youth
interns, who are currently providing important leadership for their
churches, for church-related institutions or agencies, or for the
ecumenical movement. In this way, the program has an impact on
the human resources development of LWF member churches and on
the communion at large.
The Youth Desk and the Office for Personnel have the necessary
human resources for the program. Interns need good supervisors,
who are willing to give them their time. Because the secretariat sees
the program as an enriching experience and an added value for its
work, supervisors readily accompany interns.
Interns prepare a mid-term and final report and discuss them with
9. Monitoring & their supervisors and the Youth Secretary. The Youth Secretary is in
evaluation touch with the interns for a year after their internship to assess their
contribution to the life of the church based on their experiences.
10. Communication, The program provides space for mutual sharing when bringing young
Accountability adults from member churches to work for a period of 10-12 months
and Mutual in the LWF secretariat. As a consequence, it also enhances
Sharing accountability in the communion.
11. Implementation The Desk for LWF Youth in collaboration with the Office for
responsibility Personnel and the departments or units where interns are placed.
DETAILED BUDGET IN USD
Account Expenditure 2010 2011 TOTAL
6005 Participants travel 3,000 3,000 6,000
6040 Other expenses 3,600 3,600 7,200
6045 Support for interns 75,400 75,400 150,800
Total expenses USD 82,000 82,000 164,000