Choose your own ministry adventure!
In 2021, the new SU Victoria Internships offer the opportunity to specialise in ministry with Children and Families, or Youth and to serve in a placement with your church, school, or with an SU ministry.
This is a flexible, exciting opportunity for anyone in Victoria, or beyond, to be empowered, trained and equipped for youth work and ministry leadership, and make a real impact in the lives of children, families and young people.
- Grow your leadership
- Get equipped for ministry
- Be shaped to make a difference in God’s Kingdom
What is the internship?
A year-long, exciting, intense, hands-on ministry experience. It’s a partnership between you, your placement and SU Victoria’s training staff. It includes practical ministry in your church/school/placement, weekly training days with SU Victoria, support from a supervisor, encouragement through mentoring, and the opportunity to be involved in an SU ministry.
“I learnt so many new skills that I noticed really influences my ability to serve in ministries. I have really grown in confidence and in my ability to lead groups.”
— Elmie, Youth Ministry Intern
What will interns do?
We aim to see interns:
- Participate in the weekly SU interns formation day: reflecting on and being trained in youth work practice, and being part of the staff life of the SU Melbourne office
- Commit to self-improvement and development of new skills through constructive feedback and reflection
- Participate in one-on-one supervision sessions to track development and well-being
- Grow in spiritual development through regular Bible engagement, prayer, being mentored and involved in a Christian community
- Be coached by SU Victoria one day a week, and be part of two residential intensives (each intensive is two days long)
- Participate in a weekly ministry experience, with support from your supervisor
- Explore theories and concepts of faith formation, mission and leadership
- Be a team member at a school, MAD Camp, SUFM, Theos or SU camp, participate in team planning, preparation, delivery, and debriefing of programs
- Be equipped with ideas, skills and strategies for ministry with children and families
- Make personal connections and build relationships with other interns
- ... and more!
Who is it for?
We are seeking applicants who best fit the following:
- A love for God and a desire to grow in knowing and serving Christ
- A desire to work with young people. Experience in youth work or leadership of younger people preferred
- An ability to work in a team and contribute to the objectives of the team
- Willingness to work under SU’s aims, beliefs and working principles and ChildSafe practises
- Self motivated with organisational skills and the ability to work unsupervised
- A sense of fun matched by a capacity to demonstrate mature and professional role modelling to young people
- A desire and the commitment to complete all training, practical and assessment components of the internship
- A desire to learn and reflect on the job. Able to respond well to constructive feedback with a determination to improve and develop new skills
“I loved the way the internship combined learning with practical applications in ministry. I gained a greater understanding of where God is calling me.”
— Jack, Children & Families Ministry Intern
When and where?
- One day Intern formation day at SU Melbourne office, at a regional hub, or online if remote
- One day in a school context (or church)
- Meet with a mentor monthly to check-in
Where could it lead?
- Continuing to volunteer with your church/ministry with greater leadership and responsibility, or employment if there is an opportunity available
- Employment in another ministry organisation.
- Volunteering in a leadership capacity with SU camps and missions.
- Formal academic studies and training at Bible College.
- Work in schools, chaplaincy
- Local council and Community Development