'My year as an Intern was challenging and fun as I learnt how to use skills in the classroom and how to incorporate ministry into the classroom. There was the intense experience of being able to work in a school over a year. Being in a school environment as someone other than a student meant there were expectations of me to be organised, neat, punctual and planned. I learnt how to deal with the challenges of real life and I wouldn’t have learnt these anywhere else at this stage of my life.'
- Lucy, 2018 Intern
Rationale for the Internship Program
Many Anglican and other Christian schools and colleges have expressed the need for more committed and capable Christian people to join the teaching profession.
The EdComm Internship Program provides practical experience, in an Anglican or other Christian school, for teachers in training and school graduates considering teaching as a career. It is designed to introduce Interns to the experience of Christian teaching and provide them with an understanding of the exciting possibilities and practicalities that a career in teaching holds.
It is designed to be compatible with:
- Anglican Schools
- other like-minded Christian Schools
- Youthworks Year 13 Discipleship Program, and
- Youthworks College.
Support from EdComm is provided throughout the year, through the EdComm Internship Learning Program, face to face visits and a feedback session at the conclusion of the course.
Purpose of the Internship Program
The purpose of the EdComm Internship program is to:
- promote teaching as a Christian vocation by providing an internship in a school over the course of a year
- enable Anglican and other Christian schools to support and enrich the Classroom/Chaplaincy/Christian Studies/Co-Curricular programs with Interns
- enable Interns accessing the program through Anglican Youthworks Year 13 or Anglican Youthworks College to complete their required Ministry hours.
Pathways into the EdComm Internship Program
There are three pathways into the EdComm Internship Program:
1. Directly through the school:
The school promotes the Internship to current Year 12 students and identifies possible candidates for the program. Each school directly employs the student for two days a week and registers the Intern with EdComm to participate in the Internship Program. EdComm recommends that Interns be remunerated for their contribution to school life.
2. Through the Youthworks College or Year 13 Program:
Current Youthworks student may apply for an Internship position within a school for two days a week.
- For more information about Youthworks College go to www.youthworkscollege.edu.au
- To find out more about the Year 13 Discipleship Program and the school experience pathway go to www.year13.net
3. Independent application directly to EdComm
Students are invited to apply directly to EdComm. Information is available on the EdComm website www.edcomm.org.au/internships
By the end of this program:
1. Interns will have practical experience of being part of a school team throughout the seasons of the school year.
2. Interns will understand the significance of teaching the whole child.
3. Interns will be able to identify some norms of contemporary culture and assess their relationship to Biblical truth and how this plays out in the classroom.
4. Interns will understand how worldview influences and frames behaviour, thinking and teaching content, and be able to express a Biblical worldview.
5. Interns will understand the dangers of an aggressive approach to apologetics in the school setting and have considered a positive approach.
6. Interns will have supported practice in leading CRU or other Christian groups.
'I learnt how to use life skills, like responding to emails and prepare and coordinate for classes.'
- Tom, 2018 Intern
'A highlight of the year was seeing students grow in the Holy Spirit over the year and in their deepening of their understanding of God. In my personal skills, I took on more responsibility and was challenged in my Ministry skills.'
- Bek, 2018 Intern