Engineering Ministries International Canada (EMI) Canada

Name of Organization: Engineering Ministries International Canada (EMI) Canada.

Address of Organization:Suite 201, 625 14th Street NW, Calgary, AB T2A 2A1.

Website: Website.

Contact Person: Greg Young.

Phone: 403-202-3642.


Work of organization: EMI Canada is a non-profit, Christian development organization mobilizing volunteer architects, engineers, surveyors, building techs and other design professionals who donate their skill and experience on short-term mission teams to serve front-line Christian ministries in developing nations.

Specifically working with ministries that serve the poor, EMI comes alongside client ministries who are undertaking construction projects, are involved in disaster response or disaster risk reduction or who are requiring construction management. In these specialized ways EMI fulfills its mandate to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope.

Engineering Ministries International is a family of seven international offices that together have conducted over 1000 projects in over 90 countries since 1982.

Kinds of internships: Internships with EMI Canada are typically one school term long, taking place in the Spring (Jan-April), Summer (May-Aug) and Fall (Sept-Dec). Intern positions have typically been filled by engineering and architecture students who have completed at least three years of a professional program. However, interns from other disciplines who contribute to serve our client ministries with other skills have been accepted and are always welcome to apply.

EMI Canada interns are based in Calgary, Alberta but travel with a project team for a 10-14 day working visit to the ministry location near the beginning of the term. Once the project trip is complete the remainder of the term is spent completing the project report, design/construction documents and other deliverables (i.e. materials to aid fundraising) for the client ministry.

Desirable skills:EMI Canada is looking for interns who are challenged to assist ministries in the developing nations increase their capacity to serve the poor and bring people to a saving faith in Jesus. Focusing on construction design professionals but also incorporating the skills of those in business development, communication and graphic design, interns with specialized skills of all kinds can complement the core work of an EMI team.

Number of internships: 2-6 each term.

Location of internships: EMI Canada interns are based on Calgary, Alberta.

Duration of internships: Typically 3-4 months but two term internships are possible.

Costs: Tuition, living expenses in Calgary, overseas travel (airfare, insurance, immunizations, visa) for the project trip - typically around $5,000-$7,000 for the term.

Accommodation: Client ministries host the EMI project team by providing accommodations, meals and local transportation during the overseas project trip. For accommodation in Calgary, eMi maintains an intern house for less expensive rent but can also arrange for billets. Interns are free to stay with friends or relatives who live in Calgary.

Insurance: The only insurance cost is travel insurance during the project trip.

Medical coverage: Project leaders purchase group travel/medical plans for the overseas project trip. Interns will arrange and pay for appropriate immunization/boosters necessary for overseas travel once they have been assigned to a project.

Training: Winter and Fall term interns are required to attend Intern Orientation at the beginning of their term in Colorado Springs, CO. This orientation is attended by all EMI interns from all international EMI offices.

Evaluation: Yes.

Volunteering: Yes, as a non-profit, charitable organization we utilize the assistance of volunteers in a variety of roles throughout the year. The specifics of what the intern could volunteer to do will depend on the skill-sets they possess.

Faith statement: We affirm the Lausanne Covenant established at the International Congress on World Evangelization, Lausanne, Switzerland, July 1974. The following statement of faith is intended as a brief summary of what the Lausanne Covenant affirms more completely and expresses statements of faith historically held by eMi.

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only authoritative Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16)

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (I John 5:6-8)

3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood. We believe in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His imminent and personal return in power and glory. (John 3:16; I Corinthians 15:3-4; I Peter 2:18-24)

4. We believe the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who believe. The Holy Spirit brings about the conviction of sin and the new birth, bears witness of our adoption, and is the power behind Christian growth and ministry. (Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; John 16:5-15; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4, 38-39; Acts 19:1-7; I Corinthians 12:7-11)

5. We believe that all people are lost and guilty of sin. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and people. Salvation is brought about, not by works, but by faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Romans 3:21-30; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 22:20)

6. We believe in the resurrection of everyone, both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of life; and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:24, 28, 29)

7. We believe the Church is at the very center of God's cosmic purpose and represents the Body of Christ on earth (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:9-11; I Corinthians 12:27)

Contract: EMI internships are volunteer positions so while there is an application and acceptance process with stated understandings in place, interns do not have a contractual relationship with EMI Canada.

Deadline:For a fall internship (mid-August to mid-December), applications are due end of March. For a spring internship (January to April), applications are due by beginning of the previous September. For a summer internship (mid May to mid August), applications are due by end of January. (See website for exact dates).

Application to: Greg Young.

Further: While we have traditionally engaged undergrad and graduate level professional design students, we are excited about the possibility of engaging graduate and post-graduate interns in the broader field of development.