SUNI Internship 2017/18

“A heart for children and young people,

A better handling of God’s word,

A desire to grow in your love and knowledge of Jesus”

You are here because you are obviously considering it! That’s great!

We think this is a fantastic opportunity for you so let’s tell you a little more about it.

Firstly – How do I know if the internship is for me?


Are you aged 18-25?

Do you want to communicate the good news of Jesus with children and young people?

Do you have a heart for children and young people?

Do you want to grow in your love and knowledge of Jesus?

Do you have a desire to increase your love and knowledge of the Bible?

Do you want to learn new skills and develop your existing ones?

If you were saying yes the whole way through then keep reading; we are excited by the potential of what could be ahead!

What does it look like?

There are two hubs from which you could work. You could either be in Belfast working under the watchful eye of Phil Howe, or in Enniskillen where Jeff Gawn will be putting you through your paces.

Although you would work in one of the two hubs, you would be traveling across Northern Ireland. For example – those based in Enniskillen won’t just be working in Fermanagh. They could be in Dungannon, Omagh or Armagh. Likewise, those based in Belfast could find themselves in Newry, Cooktown or Londonderry. So be prepared for an adventure!

The post is 3 days a week, one of which must be a Tuesday. However, we want you to use the rest of your time well. This will allow for you to look for a part time job to help support yourself during the Internship, volunteer in your church and get rested (because you will be busy!).

Our usual office hours are 9.30am – 5.30pm although there will be various times when out of hours work is required. In that case, time off can be taken in lieu.

So what would you be doing?

We hope to give you a flavour of what SU is all about and some time will be spent each week working with each of the departments within SUNI.

This means that some of your time will be spent working in schools, whether that be in  assemblies, RE lessons or SU groups, or just helping with some of the training events and resourcing. Some time will be spent working with Camps and Missions as they plan for the summer ahead. Then there will be administration, social media and video editing thrown in too! To top it off you may be asked to take part in a church service. It is going to be varied!

Alongside all of this, we will want to push you to get into some books, read the Bible in a year and journal your experiences!

When does it all kick off?

The internship will run from late August 2017 to June 2018, but we would really encourage you to consider getting involved in a Camp or Mission the following summer too!

So why apply?

This is a year of service. A year where you will be given a broad and varied experience of the ministry of SU as you share with children, young people and family’s, the good news of the Bible. You will also be gaining great experience and many transferable skills for future employment.

Here is what some of the previous Interns said…

Intern_Marcus“The SUNI internship is a fantastic year to mature in your faith, whilst developing skills in ministry. It’s also a lot of fun, working with young people and a great staff team.“




“Interning with SUNI was hugely beneficial. Working alongside an excellent staff team and being encouraged to challenge myself resulted  in a year full of spiritual growing and skill learning. An opportunity not to be missed.”  Sarah

“It was a privilege to play a small part in pointing children and young people across Northern Ireland to the truth of God’s word.”




“The Internship was a great space to read the Bible, grow personally and get inspired about reaching the next generation for God’s Kingdom.” Lyndsey

At the end of the year, we want to sit down with you and see real growth! We hope that you will be an ambassador for SU, that you will have enjoyed being part of the professional team of staff and seeing what we do. We hope that you would have identified and grown in your gifts, that your handling of the Bible would be better and that your view of God would be much bigger. We hope that your love for others would have increased, along with your love for God and His Word. We want you to be able to communicate the good news of Jesus better. You could say we want a lot!

Through all of these things we want to increase the reach of SU to children and young people and to have witnessed them grow deeper in faith.

Important Info

The Internship will run from the end of August until the end of June.

The post is voluntary, although we will provide for your 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).

£500 must be given to SU before the programme begins and the rest can be given throughout the year.

Unfortunately SU are not in a position to offer accommodation.

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 Friday 28 April 2017.

For any questions contact

To download the application click here.

2 Tim 2:2 “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”