Methodist Internship Programme
When we think about our career choice and our calling we often don't join up the dots between the two. Or perhaps we think that ministry is reserved for those who work for the church? Are you interested in an opportunity to explore your vocation, gain invaluable professional experience and grow your faith in a unique setting? Would you like to make intentional links between faith and the working life of a vibrant and busy work place?
If the answers ‘yes’ then The Methodist Internship Programme may be for you!
WHAT IS THE METHODIST INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME?
The Methodist Internship Programme is a creative, hands on and innovative opportunity for 21-26 year olds to experience a year of exploring their faith alongside a paid placement in a highly professional organisation across a variety of sectors. Each organisation is held in high esteem within their sector and will offer each intern a unique and challenging experience. This, combined with ongoing training and mentoring throughout the year will develop each The Methodist Internship Programme professionally, personally and spiritually. Not only will it kick start your chosen career path, it will provide you with valuable skills, learning opportunities and relevant references but it will also help you add immense value to your CV and any organisation you go on to work with post internship.
The Methodist Internship Programme runs from mid-September 2019 – August 30th 2020 (Please check individual roles for start date as they vary)
It is a paid internship – this is not just a placement or a year out - it's a job. We pay at least the living wage and other travel expenses associated with the placement.
Please note that we will not be providing accommodation – should you be relocating we may be able to provide you with some contacts to help you in your search to secure housing.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
As an intern, you will have a fantastic opportunity to step into the world of professional work with organisations in various key professional sectors. This is an internship that is about getting stuck in to the real work of any organisation – you definitely won't be a glorified tea maker! Whether that's areas such as face to face client work, research, project management or development, this is an year focused on leadership development and innovation.
Whilst you will be paid a living wage by the Methodist Church, you will be working at the offices of the organisation you choose to apply for (details below). There will be 4 mid-week residential training events for all interns in or near London throughout the year as well as a dedicated mentor to ensure you are able to explore and examine the complexity and opportunities of expressing your faith through your career. These residentials will be fully paid for by The Methodist Internship Programme and should incur no financial cost directly related to the training for any participant.
Many of the organisations also have in house training – some who also offer qualifications. Our aim is to see each intern equipped, experienced and having a strong sense of direction on completion of the internship.
This is a year about setting and achieving goals, gaining specific skills, being mentored both in and outside the workplace, engaging in teamwork and shared learning as well as professional and spiritual development.
WHAT INTERNSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
We have a total of 10 posts with the following organizations/sectors currently available:
- Charity - Action for Children www.actionforchildren.org.uk
- Finance - Church Finance Board http://www.cfbmethodistchurch.org.uk/
- Research, Advocacy and Politics - House of Lords & Joint Public Issues Team (Methodist Church) http://www.parliament.uk/business/lords/whos-in-the-house-of-lords/ http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/
- Research, Advocacy & Politics – House of Commons/JPIT and Methodist Conference Office http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/
- International Development & Communications – All We Can www.allwecan.org.uk
- Research & Events – St Georges House Windsor www.stgeorgeshouse.org
WHO CAN APPLY?
You can apply for an internship if:
You have completed your full-time university studies (bachelor's degree or equivalent) at a university or equivalent institution prior to commencing the assignment. (Please note: Not all posts require a degree – you may be able to apply for some posts with A levels and equivalent experience or vocational qualifications – please see Job descriptions for full details)
- You must be at least 21 -26 year old to apply.
- You will be able to provide a spiritual and character reference from a church or faith community leader within the Christian tradition.
All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK and must hold a current NI number, UK bank account and valid proof of ID (passport or British birth certificate, please go to www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents for more information).
You will be available to attend an interview at some point in March 2019 – interview dates will be offered approximately 2 weeks after closing date if you have been shortlist
Action for Children - Closing Date: 15th February 2019
Central Finance Board - Closing Date: 28th February 2019
JPIT & House of Commons - Closing Date: 18th Feb 2019
JPIT & House of Lords - Closing Date: 18th February 2019
St George's House Windsor - Closing Date: 15th February 2019
All We Can - Closing Date 25th February 2019