Scripture Union, Northern Ireland

Internships

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 Antrim and Lisburn
In Antrim and Lisburn, you’ll have the opportunity to ENGAGE in assemblies, lessons or SU groups on a daily basis across primary, post–primary and special schools. You will be involved in writing material for many of these visits and have the opportunity to develop your own gifts. We also devote a lot of time to EQUIP Christian pupils and teachers through our regular INTERS events in both areas, investing in SU committees, and meeting with the Clusters of SU leaders twice a year. We love to EMPOWER local churches in schools ministry so you will work alongside many church teams and youth workers with our lessons and events. You can get an idea of what previous interns have done in our area through our Facebook page.

E3 Ballymena
E3 in Ballymena has been running as a project for over 10 years! In this time there is much to celebrate. Ballymena has a range of primary, post–primary and special schools and the local schools worker has a depth of relationship in a variety of these settings. One of the wonderful things about being in an area for a long time is the support from those in the local community who have a heart for schools’ ministry, and seek to get involved delivering lessons.

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 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 Omagh and Castlederg: 
E3 in Omagh and Castlederg is new and exciting! As our newest project, you will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of schools’ ministry as they start out. With each E3 area a unique context and at different stages of the journey, you’ll get to experience the beginnings of conversations, sharing of visions, and the chance to share the good news of Jesus perhaps for the first time with children and young people. Come along and be involved in establishing new connections with churches and schools. 

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!

Optional Accredited Training

We are excited to offer an additional training opportunity, thanks to our friends at Crown Jesus Ministries

Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice in partnership with Youth Link

(every Monday AM before Christmas). The cost is £150

When does it kick off?

The internship will run from Tuesday 25th August 2020 – Thursday 24th June 2021 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!

‘Spending a year as an SUNI intern was such a privilege and an amazing experience! I learned so much about how to plan, create and deliver a Bible talk. This has proven to be so useful with work in my own church. It has given me confidence to speak in front of people and do things I wouldn’t have imagined I could do. The SUNI team is like one big family, and it’s great to have so many people around to support you in prayer.’
Robert Anderson

 ‘My SUNI internship was full of fun and excitement. It not only set me up for a future career working with children and young people but it gave me such a rich understanding of Christian ministry as I was not only welcomed into a team but a family dedicated in seeing God’s good news being shared, taught and received in our schools.’
Connie Lyness

 ‘Being an intern for SUNI was so incredible, it’s hard to put into words! It was a year of enabling me to grow in confidence, my faith and my understanding of schools’ ministry. There are so many opportunities with SUNI that enable you to be part of the family and seek God’s will for the organisation. I am so grateful for the time invested into me as a person, not just an intern. 1 year is a short space of time, but with training and opportunities, it has enabled me to see the importance of creating links with schools and churches.’ – 
Aisling McMullan

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

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 to … Download the Application Form.

Deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Monday 4th May 2020

Please note that interviews will take place on Thursday 14th May 2020.

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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