Summer Internship

Summer Internship Program Overview                                                                                                          

The Summer Ministry Intensive is a ten-week summer program of concentrated experience in ministry.  Similar to the Part-time Internship with Practicum, this program includes full-time ministry at an approved site, theological reflection with a mentor, and peer group meetings. The summer internship program can be used to fulfill the supervised ministry requirement for the MDiv degree.  Placements must be at sites that are very active in the summer months. The internship includes 2-3 class days at YDS in May, 400 hours of supervised internship at a qualified site, plus a weekly practicum via internet. Download a full description.

Site Selection

Summer Internship Sites are a growing component to YDS's Supervised Ministry options.  In most cases students interested in a summer internship will identify a site on their own which meets the site requirements and supervisory requirements.  Approval must be granted in order for the site to be used as a supervised ministry internship.  

Keep in mind that these sites may or may not be familiar with the YDS Supervised Ministry program, and any site must be approved by the Director.


  • Students and supervisors will set up an individualized schedule for completing the internship.

  • Each intern must amass 400 hours of internship time between May 21 and August 20.  

  • Total hours include the 15 hours in Practicum and commuting time greater than 15 minutes each way.  

Academic and Course Information

  • This internship earns 6 academic credits.

  • The credits meet the supervised ministries graduation requirement for M.Div. students and count as electives toward any degree.

  • Negotiating Boundaries in Ministerial Relationships is a prerequisite for the Summer Internship, no exceptions.

Financial Considerations

  • Tuition for summer classes is not included in your block tuition. The rates are typically around $2500 for a summer 6-credit class. Your academic scholarship also applies to summer tuition; check with the Office of Financial Aid for details.

  • You will receive a scholarship (stipend) of $3500 for your first unit of supervised ministry, which is applied to your student account.

  • Commuting expenses are not covered by YDS. Some sites might be willing/able to help with these. Others may not. Likewise, some sites might be willing to help with housing costs.

Application Process                                                                                                                                          

  1. Attend the student orientation meetings for supervised ministry.

  2. Begin looking for potential sites by talking to people (your own pastor, denominational reps, etc.) for ideas, and looking sites up online or on the resource listed above.  Visit sites, talk to them, explore their interest in having an intern.

  3. When you have found a few site options, discuss them with the Director.

  4. The OSM will contact the supervisor and discuss with them the terms of the internship.  

  5. Once your site has been approved, you must register for the course at YDS.