“I can honestly say that this internship has been the best thing I have ever done”

Since 2005, the Centre has offered a month-long summer internship in East London. Interns from universities and churches across the UK and USA are hosted at our partner churches. The internship offers a lively and inspiring experience of church-based community organising, theological reflection and prayer.

The 2017 programme ran from Saturday 24th June – Sunday 23rd July 2017.  

Summer interns are placed within churches to build relational capital in the local area around a locally identified social justice issue. The primary work revolves around ‘one-to-one’ conversations. The intern works full time (35 hours per week) to research the local area and understand institutional structures, discover who the leading members of the community are, connect relationally to relevant organisations and conduct a listening campaign through intentional one-to-one conversations.

The final outcome of a placement is likely to be a community meeting, event or action which brings together diverse and engaged people who care about their local area.

All the interns receive training in the tools of community organising from CTC staff and The East London Citizens Organisation.

Interns raise part of the cost of the internship.

The 2015 interns

Stephen, with his fellow Jellicoe interns.

“I’m really quite staggered just how much and in what ways God has worked and challenged me (through the summer internship)… and where he wants me to fit into his mission”

The 2014 interns

“The internship has opened my eyes to an all encompassing vision of vocation and how that will affect the way I live my life”

The 2012 interns with some CTC staff

“For me community organising brings together the biblical call for social justice and opens doors for evangelism”



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