Scripture Union, Northern Ireland

Internships

SUNI Internship 21/22
SUNI Internship 21/22

Who is the SUNI Internship for?

It’s for those who have a heart for children and young people, want to get better at handling God’s Word and have a desire to grow in your love and knowledge of Jesus! Is this you?

Interns - 2019/20
Interns - 2019/20

Tell me more…

Are you aged 18–25?
Do you want children and young people to hear and respond to God’s Good News?
Do you want children and young people to discover and explore the Bible?
Do you want children and young people to develop and grow in their journey of faith?
Do you have a desire to serve and work hard?
Do you want to learn some new skills?
Do you want to develop existing ones?
Do you want space to grow and develop your Christian Faith?
Do you want a year to be invested in?

If you have said yes to these questions then keep on reading!!

What type of internship will you apply for?

The Internships available have different aspects but all have core elements to them such as reading the Bible in a year, reading a book a month, intern specific training and monthly meetings.

Here are the options:

1. E3 Schools Intern

E3’s aim is to ENGAGE children and young people with the good news of Jesus, EQUIP children teachers and pupils to be salt and light in their schools and EMPOWER the local churches to see the importance of local mission right on their doorstep. So come join the vision and be part of making a lasting impact on many lives.

This will involve working alongside an E3 Schools Worker in one of the districts as they seek to engage, equip and empower.

You can choose to apply to the area(s) that suit you.

E3 East Antrim:

The E3 Project in East Antrim is very diverse as it covers three very distinct areas – Carrickfergus, Larne and Ballyclare. Each area is different, which means that engaging with pupils, school staff and churches looks very different depending on where you are. There are 46 schools across the area – 7 post primary, 38 primary and 1 special – and 20 of these schools have an active SU group. We work in partnership with local churches and other Christian organisations to deliver assemblies, RE lessons and SU group programmes to many of the schools across East Antrim. We also run inter–schools events, and work alongside committees to equip them to lead their SU groups.

E3 East Belfast: 

E3 East Belfast has been established for 20 years, covering 45 schools Primary, Post Primary and Special Schools. It’s an exciting time for East Belfast as we seek to empower the local church to continue to build relationship with their local schools sharing the Good News of Jesus! In a typical morning we take an assembly in a Primary School, lead an RE class, meet with a minister or youth worker, or even take or walk alongside our amazing SUNI committees across East Belfast. There is so much happening in East Belfast but there is also so much more that God wants to do!

E3 Fermanagh: 

E3 Fermanagh has a mixture of rural and urban areas. This is an area rich in relationship and community, with the locals catching the heart and vision behind schools’ ministry. With a range of contexts, this area offers you the chance to see schools working together, and churches who are passionate about being involved to share God’s good news with children and young people.

E3 North Coast: 

North Coast is a busy area with almost 70 schools, around 20 SU groups and over 100 churches to get involved with. It is a really diverse area from busy towns and large schools such as Coleraine and Ballymoney to smaller rural schools like in Dervock and Garvagh. Each day can take you across the beautiful North Coast starting with a Primary School assembly in the morning, followed by RE Lessons in a post–primary school before going on to an SU group in the afternoon. We work closely with local churches and organisations like Exodus to deliver effective and meaningful engagements in schools. You will have countless opportunities to develop key skills and gain valuable experience in school and church environments, doing so among some of the most welcoming and friendly people you could meet. 

E3 North Belfast and Newtownabbey: 

E3 North Belfast and Newtownabbey is one of the newest E3 areas. It is a busy district with nearly 30000 pupils across 73 schools and over 100 churches. Connections are still being made with SU groups, teachers, youth organisations, churches and schools. Over the year, you will see relationships strengthened and new ones formed, be part of conversations which will lead to new opportunities, take part in fund–raising activities  and have the privilege of sharing the amazing story of the Bible with children and young people.  Why not take a year to invest and be invested in and leave a legacy here!

E3 North Down and Newtownards:

In E3 North Down & Newtownards, you will be working alongside a large number of local churches to provide an opportunity for 17500 pupils in 38 schools to hear God’s Good News through assemblies, SU groups & lessons. The area is made up of 8 Post Primary, 27 Primary, 1 Special School and 2 Independent Private Schools. Over the year you will have a chance to work with Senior pupils and committees leading their SU groups, support Christian staff in schools, speak in churches as well as schools and be involved in raising awareness and funds for the project. We also provide local joint SU events for Post Primary (Inters SU) and for Primary (SU Connect) as well as SHINE outreach events.

E3 North West: 

E3 North West covers Derry–Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady and is one of our newest E3 districts. There are over 90 schools, in both rural and urban areas, giving you the opportunity to experience how school’s ministry is implemented in different contexts. Whilst the project is new, it has been long awaited for and therefore you will meet and work alongside volunteers who have been championing the E3 project and school’s ministry for years. You will have the opportunity to build relationships, seek out new opportunities and share the vision of E3 with churches as well as sharing God’s good news with children and young people. It’s a great place to learn and develop skills and experience in school and church environments, while having a lot of fun along the way!

E3 Omagh and Castlederg: 

E3 Omagh & Castlederg began in 2019, within the district there are approx 84 churches, 48 primary schools, 9 post primary schools and 1 special school.  Throughout the year you will be involved in creating and delivering assemblies, SU sessions and RE lessons in a range of schools and contexts as well as developing our relationships with schools and churches through various local events and initiatives.  There are plenty of exciting opportunities which you will be a part of to shape and grow schools ministry and its impact in the area as the project develops. 

2. Special Educational Needs Intern

Part of the schools ministry within Scripture Union is for the Special Education Needs Sector. If this is where you would like to develop your gifts and teaching abilities then why not apply for this area and get to work alongside our dedicated Special Schools Worker, Anita

You will be serving in schools, taking part in assemblies, RE lessons and SU groups and building up relationships with pupils and staff. Each day will look different with real variety and fun! You need to be able to communicate clearly and have a desire to develop your ability to prepare and deliver talks.

3. Media Intern

This will involve helping us as an organisation with graphic design work, media presentations, social media updates, website and podcast development. An interest in social media, photography and websites is key! You need to have access to a DSLR camera and have a laptop with your preferred graphic design software. Some graphic design experience is necessary!

When does it kick off?

The internship will run from 31st August 2021 – 30th June 2022 but we would love you to get involved in a camp or mission the following summer too! It is a part–time position for 3 days a week. (Usually Tuesday–Thursday) With the rest of your time, we would encourage you to get a part–time job to support yourself, serve in your local church and get some well deserved rest.

So why apply? 

This is a year of service, space and investment. A year where you will be given a broad and varied experience of the ministry of Scripture Union. You will gain many transferable skills for future employment and service too! Plus you get to spend a year with the incredible SUNI staff team! 

Have a look at what some previous interns said!

“The SU Internship is an amazing opportunity to serve and grow closer to God.” – Seth Palmer

“Truly my year at SUNI was one I will never forget. Being able to have the space to intentionally serve, pray, read and be in community with other believers allowed me to understand more of God, myself and others. My year prepared me well to move onto university in a more ready and mature way than if I had just gone straight from school. I truly owe so much to SUNI and am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to intern with them.” – Lois Dundas

“Taking a year out to do the SUNI internship was one of the best decisions. I made friendships, grew in my faith and shared with others a passion for making the good news known.” – Josh Preece

“My year with SUNI was such an exciting and fun experience that taught me so much. It allowed me to grow in confidence in planning and leading activities which has helped me as I’ve moved to teacher training. It was wonderful to be welcomed into a family that invests in you and surrounds you in prayer, fun and encouragement. I was able to achieve so many different things that I never thought I’d be able to do and love so much.” – Amy Cairnduff

”I can’t imagine going straight to uni and not having done my SU internship! Working alongside the SU staff and having the time to ask questions gave me so much needed confidence, to stand firm in my faith university.” – Olivia Elwood

My year as an SU intern was such an amazing year. I was given so many opportunities to grow in confidence and have the privilege of sharing Jesus with children with special educational needs. The internship helped me realise that working with children with SEN is something I want to do in the future. The SUNI team welcomed us all in as part of the family and invested in me allowing me to grow in my faith and walk with God everyday. – Hannah Moxen

“This internship was life changing for me. On reflection, the thing I appreciated most about this internship, was the opportunity to make mistakes! Many times did I get up to do an assembly and stumble over my words, or drop my notes, but where else would you get a chance to make those mistakes, learn from it, and try again next week! The lessons I learnt through experiences like this and through constant training by the E3 schools team, have been invaluable to me. Also being able to study the Bible as a whole staff team every month, being able to share prayer requests and hear of answered prayers, and just having a laugh with the wider staff was so encouraging. It was an experience I will never forget.” – Matty Swarbrick

Where have they ended up?

Our interns have gone on to do a variety of things

  • Teacher
  • Student
  • Farmer
  • SU Staff Worker
  • Para Church ministry
  • Church Worker
  • Started their own media company

Important Info

The post is voluntary, although we will reimburse your work–related expenses.

We want to encourage you to involve your local church in this decision and to ask for their prayerful and financial support throughout this time. Working in partnership with churches is integral to who we are at Scripture Union.

The Internship will cost £1000. We encourage you to raise £500 personally and to ask your local church to consider supporting and investing in you by giving £500 (£50 a month over 10 months). You will also be asked to run an additional fundraiser at some point during your internship. £500 must be given to SU before the programme begins and the rest can be given throughout the year.

Unfortunately, SU is not in a position to offer accommodation. Please note that the SUNI internship requires you to be able to provide your own transport (by means of public transport or access to a car). The majority of the first month of all SUNI Internships will be based in Belfast due to induction and training and on those days you will need to be able to make your own way to the SUNI office, 157 Albertbridge Road, BT5 4PS.

If you have got to the end and think “Yes – this is for me!” then we would love you Download the application form

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Deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Monday 4th May 2021

Please note that interviews will take place on Tuesday 18th May 2021.

Media Intern applications can be interviewed at an earlier date if necessary

Please email  your application form to Joanne Coulter using reference ‘Internship application form’.

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