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
Intern Placements – Commencement and recommended time allocation
It is suggested that Interns commence their placement in Weeks 3-4 of Term 1. This allows each school the opportunity to establish programs for the Interns.
EdComm recommends a two day per week placement (excluding weekends) in term time. Schools may wish to negotiate more attendance weeks, taking into account other commitments such as University/other study/part-time work and church roles, such as youth group leader.
By negotiation between the Interns and the school.
Note: For Youthworks Year 13 program Interns – Two day per week placement (excluding weekends) in term time over 34 weeks which allows for blocks of time to complete the Youthworks Year 13 program to attend O and D weeks, one-week Fiji preparation week and four weeks for the Youthworks Year 13 Fiji mission trip.
By negotiation between the Interns and the school.
The Role of the School/College
Term time only.
The school/college will:
- select a supervisor who will oversee the Internship
- provide appropriate orientation, including child protection training, for the Intern
- negotiate payment terms directly with the Intern and provide them with appropriate documentation
- keep a copy of the Intern’s Working with Children Check.
The Role of the Supervisor
The supervisor will be a classroom teacher, a teacher working within a faculty or a staff member in the Chaplaincy department.
- will be given access to the online learning program materials but will not have access to tasks completed by interns
- will have an opportunity to relate to other supervisors through the chat function in the program
- will have access to the EdComm program coordinator through Canvas or the coordinator's email contact
- must be present, supportive and engaged with the Intern and will meet with them regularly
- will explain relevant school/college expectations for staff to the Intern at the commencement of placement
- will collaboratively set the Intern’s program/timetable with the Intern and relevant school/college staff
- will provide a timetable to the Intern that will be considerate of the Intern’s other commitments. Any changes to the timetable due to camps, excursions etc will be negotiated with the Intern ahead of time.
- will understand that the Intern cannot take legal 'duty of care' for the students so will be present when the Intern is helping with a class or activity. They will explain this requirement to any other member of staff who is being assisted by the Intern for who they supervise.
- may request an orientation session with an EdComm staff member (prior to the Intern’s commencement) to discuss the Internship placement, the parameters, appropriate roles and reporting/evaluation procedure
- will be required to fill in a brief report/evaluation form for the Intern and the Internship program – feedback for improvement (in November).
The Role of Anglican EdComm
Anglican EdComm will:
- provide supervisors with a digital copy of the Supervisor’s handbook
- provide supervisors with access to the online learning program
- plan and lead an orientation session for all Interns prior to commencement of the Internship
- facilitate the online learning program and track the progress of Interns in the EdComm Internship Learning Program (a face-to-face and online course)
- follow-up any Intern who is falling behind in meeting task completion deadlines
- meet with each Intern and their supervisor once in Semester 1 at the placement college/school
- provide regular online feedback for Interns for all course tasks
- receive and collate online feedback at the conclusion of the course to use to improve the learning experience of future Interns
- facilitate a final feedback meeting for Interns at the end of the year
- review and collate supervisor feedback (an online feedback form will be completed by all supervisors) with the intent of annually reviewing and improving the supervisor's experience
- provide support for Interns and supervisors where needed.
Upon successful completion of coursework and placement, Anglican EdComm Interns will be provided with a certificate of completion, outlining both the purpose of the program and an overview of coursework. This can be included in an Intern's CV.
The Role of the Intern in the School
An Intern’s role should be varied – it is important to recognise that this is a support role. It would be of benefit to the Intern if they had access to a range of activities in their role over the year, so they are able to explore their capability and aptitude across a variety of age groups.
Interns should be expected to work only on weekdays during term time, unless special arrangements for a one-off activity like a camp has been negotiated with the Intern.
- a particular class, eg. half day per week in a Kindergarten class, and experience other classes at other times
- learning support
- chapel, CRU/lunchtime groups etc – collaboratively establishing the program, presentations, music, set-up and so on
- musicals, bands, choirs – if the intern has appropriate skill sets and interest
- sports coaching
- excursions (could be overnight if they do not clash with the Intern’s other commitments)
- small groups in the library – eg. running a lunchtime story/craft group with a Christian focus
- small groups in the classroom or learning support faculty (under supervision and following a prepared lesson).
- Interns may attend professional development meetings that are considered appropriate and educative.
- The Intern will have a Working with Children Check.
Suggested Payment Options for Interns
EdComm recommends that Interns be remunerated for their contribution to school life. In determining the level and form of remuneration please consider the circumstances of the Intern, particularly if they are studying or are needing to support themselves through part-time employment.
As a guide, some options currently used in participating schools that might be considered are:
Option 1 (recommended by EdComm)
Pay an allowance based on a pro-rata Teachers Aide salary
Negotiate an agreed allowance that is fair for the Intern and the circumstances of the school.
For students studying through Youthworks Year 13 and Youthworks College, the school community may also provide additional support for the Intern’s fundraising for the Fiji Mission Trip
Note: Any financial understanding between the Intern and the school is a matter to be negotiated directly between both parties as EdComm is not equipped to facilitate these arrangements.
Why be a Part of the Internship Program?
By participating in the EdComm Internship Program the school will be a part of the vital task of building the next generation of teachers needed to teach in Anglican or other Christian schools. The school will also have the benefit of gaining practical assistance from Interns for two days per week across the school year.
How to get Started
The school can:
- promote the EdComm Internship Program to current Year 12 students/identify current Year 12 students who are potential candidates for a career in education, and encourage these students to consider an Internship with the school
- contact EdComm to enrol in the EdComm Internship Learning Program.