An East Texas organization that provides support for Christian missionaries will come to campus Wednesday to give interested students a glimpse inside its summer internship program.
Missionary TECH Team is an organization based in Longview that works to provide national and international missionaries with materials for success. Services MTT performs include designing brochures for missionaries and designing facilities for churches and Christian schools.
The group is looking for engineering, graphic design, interior design, architecture, accounting and computer science majors interested in working in a Christian-based, collaborative environment.
“We will be having our event so that students can hear about their opportunities and if it’s something they want to look into more,” said Kitty Wasemiller, interior design program director.
Wasemiller said she first learned of the internship program from Steph Muwangi, a junior interior design major from Congo, who interned with the group last summer.
“It was my first opportunity for an internship; it was very interesting,” Muwangi said. “It was quite an experience, and I acquired great notions of design that were not taught to me at school. They will serve me well in the future.”
Muwangi interned with MTT for about six weeks last summer and assisted with a couple of projects.
“I worked with great designers,” Muwangi said. “One thing I enjoyed the most was the fact that they do not underestimate any student’s creativity and their particular approach to design. In fact, I have proposed ideas that were incorporated in the construction of the schools, and I am not even licensed yet.”
Wasemiller and Patrick Schnell, an architect intern at MTT, said they think the internship offers students authentic career experience.
“It’s one thing to be in a classroom and imagine what it’s like out there, but it’s another to experience it,” Wasemiller said.
Schnell has been with MTT for four years and was an intern with the program in 2005.
“You’re able to do the skills that you’re in your college major for, but you’re also getting that college experience,” Schnell said. “We love working with students, and we like people coming around so we can give them opportunities to use what skills they have.”
MTT will have its interest meeting at 5 p.m. in the Shore Art Gallery.