Getting Started

The programs in supervised ministries are internships to help students gain professional competence, build frameworks for raising practical theological issues, acquire more comprehensive and realistic views of ministry in the Church and other settings, and develop ministerial identities.

 Supervised Ministry is a course in the YDS curriculum that is uniquely situated at the intersection of academic study and the practices of ministry. The Office of Supervised Ministries wants to help you negotiate a supervised ministry experience that will develop or enhance the skills and practical wisdom required for the ministry to which you are drawn!

If you are considering an internship, this is the procedure for how you can move forward in your discernment and preparation.  The Office of Supervised Ministries is excited to help you get started!


Attend the Supervised Ministry Information Session on September 21st.

Create and/or update your profile in DivLink by following this link and logging on with your Yale username and password.  This database is the platform for maintaining your profile, accessing information about potential Supervised Ministry Internships, scheduling interviews, and proceeding through the matching process.

Begin thinking about the type of internship and site that you could learn the most from.  Refer to these materials on the OSM Website to begin thinking about the options you have. 

  • “Chart of Supervised Ministries Options”
  • “Tips on Choosing a Supervised Ministry Site”

Research 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 may 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 there is no need to make any formal arrangements in the Fall semester.

Research possible internship sites on DivLink and the internet.  To search for potential supervised ministry sites in DivLink, log into your DivLink profile and go to the Employers tab.  You can enter terms to search e.g., Baptist or youth or hospice.

Meet with the Director of Supervised Ministry between September 1 and December 15.  Schedule your appointment using the DivLink calendar.



Brief Description of Supervised Ministry Internships34.69 KB
Tips on Choosing a Site149.45 KB