Alumni Fellowship Program

Alumni Fellowship Program

The Alumni Fellowship Program and Speakers Bureau equips emerging international leaders with additional skills, training and spiritual growth so they can have a greater impact on their church, family, and country. The Fellowship is a work internship which allows Compassion Alumni to come to the U.S. to work as trainees in their fields of expertise at Compassion’s Global Ministry Center for one year, while at the same time furthering the mission of Compassion by speaking at events to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name, promoting child sponsorship and other fund raising efforts.

Wesly Hippolyte

Wesly Hippolyte - Haiti

“I do enjoy working at the GMC, the experience is enormous. I enjoy the environment. People here are just amazing. More connections. I had the privilege to visit my sponsor, spend time with them. I enjoy seeing people sign up at the table [to sponsor children], because I know somehow a child will have a great opportunity to become what God has created him to be. I enjoy travelling, having new friends, snowshoeing, and hiking. After all, it’s a life-changing experience.”
-- Wesly Hippolyte

Innocent Mucunguzi

Innocent Mucunguzi - Uganda

“The program is very paramount for my personal development and growth. I have enjoyed being part of the complex team at GMC that advocates for children. Whenever I go for events to speak, I always perceive and take it serious being reminded some advocate spoke on an event where I got a sponsor. I was given extensive communication training which has boosted my self-esteem to communicate to big audiences. It gives me joy to see children sponsored after sharing God’s goodness through the ministry of Compassion International. My job as the Learning and Certification Specialist gives me the zeal to wake up early in the morning to go to work. This (LDP Fellowship) will be very advantageous for my family and future career.” -- Innocent Mucunguzi

Overview
  • Who? Compassion International Alumni with a Bachelor’s Degree. Applicants must have successfully completed a Compassion International Program.
  • What? The Alumni Fellowship Program and Speakers Bureau is an exciting new work internship program.The Fellowship is a paid internship consisting of 32-45 hours of work per week. Selected Fellows will be given on-the-job training and will work in their field of expertise. Additionally, Fellows will travel and speak on behalf of Compassion as an advocate to eliminate poverty in Jesus’ name.
  • When? Applications are being accepted until 06/09/14. The program will run from September 2014-October 2015.
  • Where? Compassion International’s Global Ministry Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.
  • How? Detailed job descriptions and applications will be available 05/12/14 on the Compassion Employment Opportunities web page: https://rn12.ultipro.com/com1024/JobBoard/listjobs.aspx?Page=Browse The last day to apply is 06/09/14.
Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Alumni Fellowship Program, applicants MUST:

  • Be a graduate of the Compassion International program
  • Have completed University and be in possession of all completion documents
  • Possess very high proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Have completed University less than 12 months prior OR have had minimal breaks in employment since graduation from University
  • Possess the skills and education necessary to qualify for one or more of the posted jobs. (Read the job descriptions carefully)

The Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs is the corporate setting “behind the scenes” of Compassion’s international ministry. Compassion International works through local churches in 26 different countries. The country and field offices are the “hands and feet” of the ministry and are staffed by nationals in each country. To learn more about Compassion programs, please visit: www.compassion.com/about/programs.

Based on their specific needs, several GMC departments have created one-year Fellowship employment positions, mainly within the following corporate functions: 

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Marketing

Job placement of Fellows is based on the applicant’s major field of study, as well as relevant experience in both ministry and the workplace. However, if the applicant’s major does not exactly match a job opening, certain qualifications may be met through adequate background experience.

Throughout the one-year program, Fellows receive job coaching from their supervisors. The majority of time is spent in training and working on major projects in their assigned departments; the remainder is spent traveling and speaking on behalf of Compassion International.

Supervisors are looking for self-motivated individuals who engage job tasks with creativity, ingenuity and energy. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient organizational and communication skills, and the maturity to follow through on all work projects. Ideal applicants should be teachable, able to multitask on both short- and long-term projects, and above all, advocates for children in poverty.

Detailed job descriptions and applications will be available 05/12/2014 on the Compassion Employment Opportunities web page. The last day to apply is 06/09/2014. Applicants can apply for as many positions as they are qualified for. If not selected to interview for one position, an applicant still may be considered for another position.

Please view the essential qualifications in each job description prior to applying, to make sure you are eligible. Those who applied in the past but were not accepted into the Fellowship Program may reapply for 2014 if they still qualify.

Please check your email regularly; Communication is primarily conducted through the email address you provide on your application, due to a high volume of communication. If an applicant at any point along the process is seen as an inadequate match to a job position, he or she will be notified at the earliest possible date via email.

Applicants whose skills match openings will be contacted by the Alumni Fellowship Program Manager and then telephoned by Compassion’s Human Resources department. Human Resources will select three or four final applicants for each position to be interviewed by the hiring supervisors. Those supervisors will relay their final hiring decision, as well as a selected runner-up candidate, after the final interviews are completed. Final hiring decisions are expected by 6/24/14.

These serve as tentative dates only. The actual timeframes are subject to change.

  • 05/12/14 Job postings available online at www.compassion.com
  • 06/09/14 Final day to submit applications. No applications will be considered after this date
  • 06/10/14-06/13/14 Applications reviewed
  • 06/14/14 Applicants notified if they are selected for a SKYPE interview
  • 06/16/14-06/20/14 SKYPE Interviews & references submit forms directly to Compassion
  • 06/24/14 Applicants notified of Hiring Managers decision
  • 06/24/14 Finalists in selection process apply to Cultural Vistas
  • 06/27/14 Cultural Vistas & Compassion International issue documents needed for embassy appointment
  • 07/28/14-08/08/14 Embassy appointments
  • 08/09/14-08/31/14 Prepare for departure to USA
  • Late August/Early September Travel to USA
  • Early September Fellowship begins!
  • The Alumni Fellowship Program is a paid internship and all expenses associated with the Fellowship are covered by Compassion International.  This includes: cost of visa, cost of passport (if needed), transportation to and from U.S.A., and some incidental expenses.
  • Fellows are paid $8-12 per hour.
  • Fellows will stay in host homes of Compassion employees. There is a screening process for hosts, and a housing contract is issued for both the home host and the Fellow to sign, agreeing to certain house rules and expectations.  Fellows are expected to keep a clean living space, adhere to house rules, and spend regular time with the family.  Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $400 a month to pay to the home host to help provide for expenses such as utilities and internet service. Fellows must purchase their own food for meals, provide for their own personal care items, and pay for their own cell phone and any long distance calls.
  • Transportation to and from work at the GMC is generally provided by the home host. It is up to the discretion of home hosts to provide additional transportation.

Selected Fellows will apply for a J1 visa with the U.S. Embassy. Although Compassion will select Fellows prior to the visa process, the granting of a visa is the actual determining factor for a selected Fellow being permitted to come to the U.S.A. Applying for a visa is simple, but obtaining a visa can be very difficult. Compassion does everything in its power to assist in the process, but approval or denial depends on the judgment of the consular. It is possible to be selected as a Compassion Fellow and then be denied a visa by the U.S. government. In that case, the position may be filled with another applicant who does obtain a visa.

Relocation package and visa sponsorship provided for chosen candidates ONLY. Compassion will not provide visa sponsorship or relocation package for family members.

This page contains helpful links and downloadable documents.

Information on the J-1 visa
http://faq.visapro.com/J1-Visa-FAQ.asp

Information on applying for a J-1 visa
http://culturalvistas.org/j-1-resources

Link to U.S. Embassies worldwide
http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/directory.htm

Downloaded Visa Tips file [Word Document]
VISA Interview Tips.doc

Compassion International works with Cultural Vistas, which is the legal sponsor of your J1 visa.  Cultural Vistas helps secure all of the documents needed in order to be successful in obtaining a visa.  Once you have been pre-selected by Compassion International, you will also apply to Cultural Vista’s. DO NOT PROCEED TO THIS STEP UNTIL DIRECTED BY THE PROGRAM MANAGER. 

Link to Cultural Vistas: www.culturalvistas.org

As part of your Fellowship, you will be speaking on behalf of Compassion International as an advocate for sponsorship. We will train you in Dynamic Communication and fully prepare you to present to live audiences. You will share your testimony of how Compassion International assisted you to become a Christian adult who has been released from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Once you are trained we will begin booking you for travel around the U.S.A. You will travel 2-3 weekends per month in addition to working full time and will speak at large and small events. Some events will have less than ten people and some events will have ten thousand.

Once Compassion International has selected you to move forward in the application process, we will require you to submit a minimum of three letters of reference. Below you will find a download to these forms. (Please do not request that your references submit a letter on your behalf until you are notified by Compassion that we are in need of these.) Your references will submit their letters directly to the Program Manager.

GPO-475x278.jpg Global Project Team

Position: Alumni Fellow - Project Management Specialist

The Global Project Office (GPO) is a group of experienced and passionate people whose mission is to do excellent project management on large, complex initiatives.  The GPO functions in our Ministry Services Group but works on projects that span across Compassion, globally.  The GPO is an enthusiastic and committed team who understand that our projects must support Compassion’s mission to “Release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”  We have worked with the LDP program, LDP students, and Compassion Alumni in the past and we look forward to working with you.

CET-475x278.jpgCompassion Experience Team

Position: Alumni Fellow - Sponsor Trip Specialist

Compassion Experience Administration Team exists to assist travelers in enabling them to see Compassion’s work first-hand. For trips, we do this by working with our travelers in combination with our trip planners, leaders, and relationship managers to ensure complete preparation and traveler safety prior to departure. Individual Visit representatives work directly with the travelers and field staff to provide a one day, 2-6 hour interaction for sponsors to meet their children, or visit a Student Center. Both areas of the administration team work with excellence to be a platform for each traveler to have a successful experience, therefore deepening their engagement and passion for their sponsored children, and the ministry.

USA Advocacy

Position: Alumni Fellow - Child Advocacy

USA Advocacy focuses on raising up child advocates by connecting with key influencers and their core desire to live with purpose and impact. Most of USA Advocacy’s strategy efforts address those influencers who give the most time and money to helping children - families of faith. We call this approach “Building Compassionate Families.” In collaboration with the USA Church team, USA Advocacy aims to engage family and church influencers in one of three ways: resourcing, relating and reaching.

Questions?

Have you read through the information and can’t find what you’re looking for?
Please contact the Program Manager, Maggie Turner, with your specific Fellowship questions: mturner@us.ci.org.