Finding a Supervised Ministry Internship

Students: Login to DivLink HERE

Download PowerPoint of Orientation (Jan 30) HERE

STEP I: IMAGINING AN INTERNSHIP


If you are considering an internship, think about these things in the Fall semester prior to your internship.

MEET: SEPTEMBER 1st-DECEMBER 15th

Students

Meet with the Director of Supervised Ministries.

ATTEND: SEPTEMBER 18

Students

Attend the Supervised Ministry Information Session.

LOGIN: SEPTEMBER

Students

DivLink is the platform for accessing information about potential Supervised Ministry Internships.  To search for potential supervised ministry sites in DivLink, go to the Employers tab.  You can enter terms to search, e.g., Baptist or youth or hospice; or, click on a denomination in the Industry field.

EXPLORE and VISIT: OCTOBER-DECEMBER

Students

Begin thinking about the type of internship and site that you could learn the most from.  Refer to the Chart of Supervised Ministries Options and the Tips on Choosing a Supervised Ministry Site to consider your options.

Explore your interests by talking with current students, using the internet, and visiting churches or other sites.  As you explore sites, keep in mind that they may be unfamiliar with Supervised Ministry.  If you think you might be interested in doing an internship at a specific site, introduce yourself and ask them if they would consider having a student intern.  Descriptions of the program can be downloaded from our web site. Be aware that there are certain requirements for sites and supervisors, especially that the supervisor is serving in a long-term position and has been there at least one year.  The process of selecting and committing to an internship will take place in the Spring and requires the approval of the Director of Supervised Ministry.  Thus, please be in touch with the Director of Supervised Ministries when you begin to identify a site.

These conditions will be discouraged or denied:  previous relationship with site or supervisor; more than one intern at a site; work similar to previous experience; work similar to coursework; supervisor with lack of qualifications; on-site presence less than twice each week; work starting before fall or ending after spring semesters; one-semester internships.

STEP II: SELECTING AN INTERNSHIP


If you are planning to do an internship, complete these steps during the Spring semester prior to when you want to start your internship.

ATTEND: JANUARY 30

Students

Attend Supervised Ministry Internship Orientation

This is a required session.  Any exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

RESEARCH: JANUARY 30 - MARCH 1    

Students

Research potential sites by talking with current students, visiting churches or other sites, and exploring your interests and possible sites on DivLink and the internet.  

Supervisors

Post internship “jobs” to DivLink by March 1. Guidelines for posting.

EXPLORE: MARCH 1-31    

Students

  • Explore possible internship sites on DivLink Jobs.  Sites that have posted an internship here are actively seeking a student intern. 
  • Explore possible internship sites in Employers.  Sites in DivLink may or may not be ready to accept an intern but you can consider the site and contact them if you are interested.
  • Meet with Director of Supervised Ministry before March 31 to discuss your interests and potential internships.  (Use DivLink to set up an appointment)
  • Students interested in summer internships must submit the Supervised Ministry Application (in DivLink) and Request a New Site form (email) by March 1st.
  • Students interested in undertaking an internship beginning in the Fall must submit the Supervised Ministry Application (in DivLink) by March 31st.
  • If you are interested in a site that does not have a job on DivLink, you must also submit the Request a New Site form (email) by March 31st

How to View Available Internships on DivLink (.pdf)

How to Complete the Student Application on DivLink (.pdf)

The OSM

  • Advises students on potential sites based on their interest
  • Forwards student application materials to site supervisors
  • Vets and approves requested sites

INTERVIEW: APRIL 1-22     

Students

  • Students interviewing at multiple sites contact their selected sites and arrange interviews. 
  • Students who are accepted into the summer supervised ministry class meet with or Skype with their identified supervisor-mentors to confirm their internships.
  • Students who have received approval of their Request for a New Site should meet with their identified supervisor-mentors to confirm the internship arrangements.

Supervisors

Work with students to arrange and conduct interviews.

MATCH: APRIL 23-30   

Students

  • Students who interviewed at multiple sites should reflect on their interviews and determine their preferences for an internship.

Supervisors

Reflect on interviews and make offers directly to students by April 28.

Students

  • After receiving offers, students determine whether to accept each position. 
  • If students have not accepted a site by April 29th, they should contact the Director to consider additional sites.  Selections should be completed by May 1.

Supervisors

As soon as the student has accepted your offer, communicate the match to the Director of Supervised Ministries.  All matches should be completed by May 1.

COVENANT: MAY 1-31

Students and Supervisors

Meet to discuss the reading, What Are the Ingredients of a Healthy Internship? and to discuss the Learning Covenant.   Together, complete and sign the Learning Covenant (see guidelines for developing a Learning Covenant). The Learning Covenant must be completed and submitted to supervised.ministries@yale.edu by May 31.

Contact

Office of Supervised Ministries