Frequently Asked Questions
You're wondering whether this program is the right fit for you. You're wondering if you have what it takes. Read the answers to the questions below and don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions that aren't answered below.
Before you give eight weeks of your summer away, you should know if it's worth it. Ask yourself what scripture means to you. Think about what John Wycliffe and later Martin Luther accomplished when they put the Bible into the hands of lay people. What would the world look like today if the Christian Church didn't have easy access to the Bible?
We stand at a crossroads where millions of Christians are reliant on Bibles that they struggle to understand. And those people are desperate to have scripture for themselves, in the language of their heart, and for their churches to experience the joy of knowing God's word.
Wycliffe Associates stands with these precious believers to equip and empower them to translate scripture for themselves. And you can play a part by helping to build tools and software to make translation easier, more reliable, and more natural.
Is it worth it? Judge for yourself.
You'll start each week with Sprint Planning. During Sprint Planning you and your team will decide what to build that week. Most of the week you'll be actively building, testing, brainstorming, and learning.
Most weeks, we'll feature a special day of mentoring. We'll feature interesting people with software and design backgrounds to come in and talk about their lives and their work. You'll also get some one-on-one coaching to talk about your future.
You'll end the week with software demonstrations. You'll show off what you've built -- and every week the goal is to have working software.
We start work at 8:00 am. Several days per week we'll have chapel for half an hour with an update from the field or Bible Study (or both). After that you'll have your daily standup meeting where you'll quickly review the previous day's work and get clarification on any questions.
You'll build software with your team until noon then break for lunch. The team can decide what lunch looks like -- most likely brown bag but that's up to you. In the afternoon you'll be back at the development process.
Your evenings will be free after 5:00 for whatever you'd like to do. The campus is pretty quiet in the evenings, so if you like to walk in nature, this is a great place. If you have a car and wish to explore Orlando, that's fine, too. We'll plan a group outing at least one night per week, plus something fun for most of the weekends, too.
We think you're going to enjoy living in community with other like-minded believers. How you organize your free-time will largely be a matter of how the group comes together. We have a pool and hot-tub with the apartments where you'll stay -- don't forget this is Florida!
This program is for people who have some college level programming experience and training. You'll definitely grow in your ability to develop software but you'll need to already know the fundamentals of object oriented programming and software design.
If you aspire to be a developer but don't have the skills yet, take the next year to study and practice and then apply next year.
Everyone and no one. All tools and systems created during 8 Weeks of Code will be released under the MIT License so any all may benefit.
The team of people participating in 8 Weeks of Code will be augmented by our own in-house developers and project managers. All the code will be hosted with GitHub and the code will be open-source. The plan is to have working tools by the end of the 8 weeks and those tools will be used on the field in the fall. Continued development will happen even after the 8 Weeks program -- by those who participate (if they wish) and by our internal staff and other volunteers who are hard at work on some of our other software projects.
Yes, possibly. It's your responsibility to learn your school’s requirements. If you are interested in receiving credit for the 8 Weeks of Code internship, please inform us on your application and we'll do our best to work with you to make it happen.
As an intern, you will be working in an Agile/Scrum programming environment. You will gain software development experience, have the opportunity to network with peers and skilled professionals, and may be exposed to future job opportunities.
Apartment housing is provided to all participants for the duration of the internship program. Housing is separated by gender, with WIFI available all over campus. All utilities are also included. Living in community with other interns is a valuable component of the experience; it helps build friendships and minimizes the strains that come with balancing home life and internship life. You'll have two to three apartment mates. There's a full kitchen in each apartment, along with laundry machines and two bathrooms per apartment.
You will receive free lodging while participating in the 8 Weeks of Code, but meals are not included. There will be a number of planned events that provide food, but it should be anticipated that meals will need to be purchased or prepared on your own. Great news -- there's a Publix supermarket 10 minutes away and we'll make sure you get there at least once a week. If you need a cookbook, let us know!
To help offset this cost, a cash stipend is provided each week in the amount of $125.
Absolutely yes! In 2015 we had female team member. In 2016, all the interns were men, but that was not by design. In 2017, we had a higher percentage of women than ever before. We believe that the strongest team will have both men and women and we embrace the strengths and opportunities that come from having a mixed group.
Of course most programmers work at night. But for these eight weeks we're going to ask you to work from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, also. (See that -- you can still work at night!) Because this is a team effort we want to see team cohesion.
After the team gets on site, if 100% agree to different work hours then we'll talk about it. What's important is that we work together, no matter the hours. Collaboration and creativity is what's important.
P.S. Your mom called. She wants you to get used to getting up for work every day.
Your apartment and food stipend is provided by generous Christians who have donated the funds for this experience. Out of deference to those people we ask that you abstain from alcohol (and other mind-altering substances) during the 8 Weeks of Code so that you're 100% focused on building awesome tools for Bible Translation.
- You can drive here. The roads are great!
- We can pick you up at the airport. We will require your arrival and departure itineraries (flight number and carrier) as well as a cell phone number to arrange transportation and communicate with you during your transit.
- You could ride the dog (Greyhound). If you elect this option you'll get a special patch at the completion of 8 Weeks of Code. Seriously, if this is your transport, we'll pick you up at the bus station.
- You could ride your bicycle if you are amazingly fit. Don't forget to bring water. It's warm in Florida. Actually, having a bicycle on campus is a great way to get around. We have bike racks where you can safely lock up.
If you live in town you are still welcome to participate. Although we think you'll enjoy the program by living on campus we certainly won't turn someone away if they already have housing nearby.
We greatly value the contributions of international team members. Bible Translation relies on international translators! For the purposes of this program, however, you need to be able to be in the USA for the duration of the summer. If you already have legal immigration status in the USA (student, work permit, etc.) then we are happy to consider your application. We cannot, however, do any visa sponsorship.
At Wycliffe Associates, God's Word is central to everything we do. Our Core Beliefs are drawn from the teachings of the Holy Bible. In that spirit, we adhere to the following truths:
- The divine inspiration and consequent authority of the whole canonical Scriptures.
- The doctrine of the Trinity.
- The fall of man, his consequent moral depravity, and his need for regeneration.
- The atonement through the substitutionary death of Christ.
- The doctrine of justification by faith.
- The resurrection of the body, in the case of the just and the unjust.
- The eternal life of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost.
If you cannot wholeheartedly agree with each of the following points it's not yet time for you join us in our work. If what we are doing is interesting and exciting to you, however, we encourage you to contact us. We would love to talk to you about Jesus Christ and what his sacrifice on the cross means for you. Use the Contact Us page to get in touch.
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