Ministry Internship

Even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45

The Ministry Internship is a one or two year opportunity to serve as a full-time volunteer at St Andrew the Great. It’s a chance to experience what full-time gospel ministry looks and feels like, to be trained in understanding and teaching the Bible, and to muck in with the life of a church in all sorts of varied and practical ways.

Our big hope and prayer for every Ministry Intern is that over the year you’ll become a little more like Jesus Christ, our great model of sacrificial service.

Applicants need to be eager to serve humbly, demonstrate a good grasp of Christian truth and knowledge of the Bible, model Christian living, and have a genuine interest in exploring whether full-time Christian ministry is for them. We welcome applicants from all areas of church life, and from other churches.

The International Intern scheme was set up to train those from outside the UK. It’s a chance to experience gospel ministry in our Cambridge context and to be equipped for ministry back home.

We initially accept applications from October-January each year for the start of the following academic year. After the deadline, if there are any places remaining applications remain open on a rolling basis until all places are filled. 

If the deadline has passed, please contact to ask if any spaces remain available.


The initial deadline for applications for 2024-2025 intake is 12 January 2024
Interviews will be held in late January 2024 at St Andrew the Great.

About our church

St Andrew the Great (StAG) is a large evangelical Anglican church in the heart of Cambridge. We have a thriving congregation including many students, internationals and 20-30s. Our vision is “The Gospel for Cambridge, Gospel Workers to the World.” Read more about our vision here.

About the internship

There are three main components to the year: training, ministry and service.

Throughout the year Ministry Interns will receive a range of Bible teaching and ministry training, in several specific areas. 


Interns spend a day a week at the Training for East Anglia Ministry course. This focuses on helping people understand and teach the Bible and spends time looking at a broad spectrum of Christian ministry including areas like counselling, evangelism, mission and youth work. The course is taught through a mix of lectures, discussions and small group work.

Lunch with Alasdair Paine

During term time Interns join our vicar Alasdair each week for lunch to discuss his upcoming sermon. This is a great opportunity to learn about the work that goes in to preparing a sermon as well as giving you the opportunity to ask questions, and provide input.


Each Intern will have a ministry supervisor, with whom they choose a book to read or a personal study project to work on.


All Interns attend the 9:38 Maximise Conference, free of charge.

There are also lots of opportunities for gospel ministry. Each Ministry Intern is assigned a major and a minor ministry area, and will be able to try out giving talks and leading Bible studies, doing evangelism, children or youth work, as meeting individuals in a one to one relationship for pastoral care and discipleship.

Major Ministry

This might be involvement in a regular small group ministry like Focus (undergraduates), iHUB (internationals), or HUB (20-30s).

Minor Ministry

This is a chance to get experience of a different area of church life, like Pathfinders youth group (11-14s) or a Sunday morning children’s group.

Other opportunities

There a many other informal opportunities to do ministry at StAG events and elsewhere. This might involve Occasional Preaching at a smaller local church or a college chapel, giving a talk to older people at Wednesday Outlook, engaging with non-Christians at Big Questions (the Cambridge Christian Union’s weekly apologetics talks) being a CU Guest or leading evangelistic talks and Bible studies.

A crucial element of the Ministry Intern Year is to support the practical aspects of the church’s activities.

Main responsibility

Each Intern will have a main area of practical responsibility, like ordering supplies, AV/Tech, or being responsible for the upkeep of the kitchen.


Once a day there’s a buildings set-up for the whole Intern team, to clear up after one event and prepare the church building for the next.

Other areas of service

Interns will also usually serve at a mid-week crèche and there are a few other practical tasks that happen outside of term-time.

Interns are Non-Employed Voluntary Workers. Each Intern is strongly encouraged to apply to the Jesus Lane Trust for a grant to cover living costs, and accommodation is provided by the church free of charge. We do not expect our Interns to need to raise their own funds.

The post is subject to full enhanced DBS disclosure (for regulated activity with children) and the person appointed will need to sign the Leaders’ Agreement and Statement of Faith.

St Andrew the Great takes the safety of everyone within the church very seriously and expects all voluntary workers to work within the church safeguarding policy (see and complete the necessary safeguarding training.

An Occupational Requirement exists for the voluntary worker to be a practising Christian in accordance with Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010. 

In order to be considered for this role applicants must have the right to work/volunteer in the UK (e.g. settled status or graduate visa) for the duration of the role.