There are hundreds of Christian internships to choose from, so why do one with OMF?
We asked past and current interns and their colleagues in the National Office.
Here’s what they came up with:
You get to…
1) Do more than make coffee and photocopies
OMF interns get to do a whole lot more than making coffee! They make a real contribution to our UK office team, using their skills to work on a whole range of exciting projects, whether it’s developing the handbook for our short-term workers, helping process their applications or producing content for social media.
(Though, if you want to learn how to make coffee to a barista standard, we can help with that too!)
Hear from our intern who never made coffee.
2) Use your skills to contribute to God’s mission
One of the most exciting things about doing an OMF internship is that you get to use your skills in a wide range of projects and tasks that tangibly contribute to God’s mission.
3) Be flexible
We welcome applications from anyone 18 and over. And an OMF internship can be a great experience before or after uni.
We offer two internships. Our mission intern works with our Serve Asia short-term mission department while our media intern works in the communications team.
There are also a number of options depending on the time you have available. Our mission internship is for 11 months while our media internship can be taken part-time, for 3 to 6 months or for up to 11 months.
4) Gain practical workplace experience
This experience, either before or after a university or college course, can give you an edge over other students or applicants for future jobs. And aspects from the internships can tie up with courses as diverse as film studies, history, English language and human resources.
Interns also get real-life experience of areas of media interest or human resources, so you can try them out and see if they’re for you. In fact, through their time with us some of our past interns have developed their skills and found their path to their ideal career.
5) Meet real-life missionaries (and other cool people)
Based at the OMF UK National Office in Kent, you’ll get to meet OMF workers back in the UK and hear their stories of faith, service and how God is at work. Interns also get to meet new missionaries preparing to go out to East Asia and hear how God has been at work in their lives. And the UK National Office team are a pretty cool bunch too.
6) Grow in your discipleship
An OMF Internship isn’t just about developing your professional skills, it’s also about your discipleship. We’re passionate about learning from and living out God’s word in our daily lives and in mission. So a key part of our internships is training that helps you to grow in your knowledge of God and of his heart for mission. This may include weekly training sessions through a local church as well as in-house training modules. In addition, we have daily prayer times and weekly Bible devotions in our office.
7) Experience East Asia
You don’t stay in the office for the whole internship: we want you to experience our workers’ ministry first-hand and to see God in East Asia. Your time in East Asia (usually a month ) takes place as part of our Serve Asia short-term mission programme, which makes sure you are appropriately prepared for, supported during and debriefed after your placement. We seek to ensure that your time in East Asia gives you the chance to be involved in the ministry or country that excites you most, best fits the gifts God has given you, and matches opportunities for meaning partnership with those in East Asia.
8) Have fun!
There are loads of great spiritual and professional reasons to do an OMF internship, but it’s also a lot of fun. From team building days involving escape rooms, duck herding (yes, really) to more serious spiritual retreats. And office activities like skipping at lunchtime (which is optional, of course)!
9) Work inter-denominationally
OMF is an inter-denominational organisation. This means that working with us you may get to hear new perspectives and meet people with different church backgrounds to your own, but also focus on how we unite together in God’s mission.
10) Join an experienced team
OMF has been involved in equipping and training people to get involved in God’s mission for over 150 years. We’ve been running these internships for several years and have loved seeing God develop the next generation of Christians using their professional skills for God’s glory. Could you be next?