Working at the Catholic Bishops' Conference provided me with a unique opportunity to interact with my faith while abroad in London. Over the course of the internship I learned about the importance of marriage and family life to both the English church and the Global Catholic community. It was an incredibly enriching experience and through my interactions with my work my faith life was strengthened and I gained a strong appreciation for what it means to be a Catholic, both globally and locally. Getting to spend a semester witnessing the universality of Catholicism was an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Working at CBCEW was such a great addition to my time studying in London. It was eye-opening to come into contact with the real issues and joys that Catholics experience today in Marriage and Family Life, beyond attendance at Sacramental Preparation courses or Catechesis. This internship has shown me the many ways the Church is being called by Her people to come into their lives and to help, to teach, and to inspire faith, as well as the many ways in which the Church is already reaching out. I hope to bring this great experience with me in order to better serve my parish communities in a deeper and more meaningful way in the future, and to always know that the Church is a global institution, a sense that I truly felt while working at CBCEW.
Interning for the MFL Office was an incredible experience that allowed me to become more involved with the Catholic Church and grow in faith while studying in London. I was able to see how expansive and international the Catholic faith is and writing material for the Listening 2004 Retrospective introduced me to several facets of Family Life Ministry I was unaware of. It is an experience that I will definitely recommend to anyone interested in interning while studying at Notre Dame's London Centre.
I am so thankful for the wonderful experience I had interning at the Catholic Bishops' Conference. Working in London made me feel more at home in the city and more a part of its vibrancy. It was great to be given such responsibility with the archiving of the Listening 2004 Project, and the confidence and independence I gained through the project are skills I will certainly take with me.
It is difficult to narrow down the most valuable aspects of this internship, but I would say that it has been most valuable working in an office environment and to promote the mission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
I was drawn to the internship by my interest in Catholic faith and culture in the UK and by the opportunities it afforded to travel within England and develop media skills. My internship has been both an exercise in self-direction and a lesson in teamwork, both an immersion in something foreign and a way of grounding myself in something familiar: my Catholic faith.
Professionally, I have gained numerous skills from my internship that will be important for my intended career in journalism. I have gained skills in research, formatting, interviewing, and web-planning that I am positive will help me in my future endeavours.
The internship was a very rewarding and valuable experience that I feel very lucky to have been selected for. This experience has greatly enriched an already wonderful semester in London.
I really enjoyed my semester working for the Marriage and Family Life Office. Learning about website design was a really valuable experience. I got the opportunity to help design and build a website, which was interesting because it was different work than my normal class work.
Interning at the CBCEW was an incredible experience, both personally and professionally. Because of my time there, I am considering continuing my education in theology or psychology with the aim to serve the Church and grow the faith.
Interning at the Conference developed my worldview in unexpected ways-teaching me about child development, social identity formation, church service efforts, and what an efficient and happy office looks like! The knowledge gained there carries on in my life.
Working at the Bishops' Conference was an invaluable experience for me. I was given a lot of responsibility to use my gifts to serve the Catholic Church in England and Wales. For that, I am very grateful. I was given the opportunity to work with some wonderful people and to experience the city of London through a broader perspective than just a student.