A Volunteer Reconciliation Internship at Coventry Cathedral is for those seeking to develop their understanding of reconciliation and peace building as part of Christian mission community.

It offers the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience in a working environment;
  • Develop skills in project management, research and group facilitation;
  • Learn and explore a range of issues in relation to the theology, practice and spirituality of reconciliation.

Interns contribute to the successful delivery and development of the Reconciliation Ministry at the Cathedral. As such they will be expected to already have relevant learning and skills to offer. Interns will be based in the offices for at least 40 but no more than 48 hours, usually during the Cathedral Offices business hours. Some weekend and evening working will be necessary. The internship will be for a period not less than 6 months and no longer than one year.

At present there are three intern posts as part of the team. Two of the posts are sponsored by partners in Germany and the United States and are reserved for nationals from these two countries. The third post is open to all.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for an internship, prospective interns should:

  • 1. Over 18 years of age at the time internship commences (German candidates).
  •        a. Desired: Over 21 years of age (US and UK/other Interns).
  • 2. Be a practicing Christian.
  • 3. Demonstrate sufficient proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • 4. Ability to translate verbal and written German-English (German intern).
  • 5. Ability to pass a DBS background check.
  • 6. An interest in reconciliation and peace building.
  • 7. Able to communicate effectively.

It is also desired that the prospective intern have:

  • 1. A knowledge of or relationship with the Community of the Cross of Nails.
  • 2. A degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. International Relations, Politics, Public Policy, Peace or Conflict Studies, Development Studies, Theology).
  • 3. IT skills especially MS Office products, webpage management, social media, and general IT problem solving.

DUTIES

All Intern posts will include:

  • Support the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) as requested by the CCN Project Officer, this may include
  • Social Media, newsletters, event flyers, blog posts, website updates.
  • Administrative tasks coordinating presentations of crosses, scheduling of pilgrimages and visits, communicating (or translating) with partners as required.
  • Hospitality activities in support of pilgrimages, gatherings and visits.
  • Day to day management of St. Michael’s House (our learning centre) including managing bookings, setting up and cleaning up from meetings and events, and coordination of access to the facility.
  • Offering a hospitable welcome to visitors from around the world.
  • Working with the education department in the cathedral, either in administrative support or working directly with children and young people according to skill.
  • Assist in providing general and administrative support in various areas of Cathedral life and programmes as required.

Additionally each intern will be assigned a specific project, programme, or activity to support, develop or deploy during the course of their year at Coventry Cathedral. These will be in direct support of the Reconciliation Ministry Team’s strategic priorities, which are:

  • 1. To complete the development of St Michael’s House into a world – class centre for reconciliation./li>
  • 2. To develop and deliver a full range of reconciliation training for emerging leaders, teachers practitioners and women on the frontline.
  • 3. To practice reconciliation, bringing people / groups to Coventry and sending Coventry people out to bring about reconciliation where needed locally, nationally and internationally.
  • 4. To enable Coventry to live up to its role as a City of Peace and Reconciliation.
  • 5. To strengthen reconciliation practice in the Diocese of Coventry working in close partnership with the Bishop’s staff.
  • 6. To build and strengthen the Community of the Cross of Nails including the International Cross of Nails School Network.
  • 7. To build a new community, ‘Together for Hope’ alongside the CCN for those committed to working for peace and reconciliation of other or no faith.
  • 8. To create a sustainable base for reconciliation throughout the Church of England and the Anglican Communion in close partnership with the Archbishop’s Reconciliation Ministry.

COSTS & SUPPORT

The Cathedral will provide:

  • Accommodation – free on site in Dewis Lodge, with a private study bedroom.
  • Volunteer expenses up to £250 per month.
  • Expenses, including travel, incurred in the performance of duties.
  • Holiday – at least one week holiday (5 working days) for every three months of placement as an intern plus UK statutory public holidays occurring during the period of placement.
  • Interns will be responsible for:
  • All travel costs to and from Coventry.
  • All costs associated with visas and other official documents.
  • Provision of Medical Insurance where necessary.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications in the first instance are by CV and covering letter setting out the applicants expectations of an internship to the P.A. to the Canon for Reconciliation Ministry (Email: mailto:Matt.Hills@CoventryCathedral.org.uk)
Applicants will then be invited to attend or make arrangements for an interview over the internet.
They may be asked to submit a 1000 word essay on a given theme.
This is a rolling programme so a vacancy may occur at different points in the year. Prospective applicants should enquire about current and forthcoming vacancies before submitting their CV.

KEY DATES

Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 3rd May
Interview Dates: Tuesday May 15th
(Candidates will be notified on the following week if they are to be invited for interview)

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