Supervision Requirements

Committed and effective supervision is key to the success of supervised ministry.  In order to maintain the integrity of the program at Yale Divinity School, supervisors are expected to have specific qualifications and meet certain requirements.  There are at least two significant mentoring requirements in the internship situation:

  1. Direct supervision of the activities and skill-building of the intern;
  2. Weekly theological reflection and integration of the intern’s practical ministry with the academic content from YDS coursework.

In most cases—and perhaps most desirable—a single person fills these roles.  However, that is not a requirement, and here the roles are separated for a more defined representation:

 

Supervisor Qualifications and Requirements

  1. A minimum of three years of experience in a professional position that qualifies them to supervise students; 
  2. At least one year in their current position;
  3. Provide a structure that is challenging and educational, as well as ample time to observe the intern’s practice of ministry and provide concrete feedback on it;
  4. Meet weekly for one hour with the student for supervision;
  5. Being present and able to work with an intern throughout the internship;
  6. Participation in orientation (if new to the YDS program) and one continuing education event annually in the skills of supervision/mentoring;
  7. Punctual submission of paperwork for the internship, as required by the Office of Supervised Ministries.
  8. No history of misconduct.

 

Theological Mentor Qualifications and Requirements

  1. Theological education equivalent to a Master of Divinity;
  2. A minimum of three years of post-degree experience in a professional position that qualifies them to mentor students; 
  3. Thorough knowledge of the internship site, including its mission and activities;
  4. An understanding of the work the student is to undertake as a form of ministry;
  5. Meet weekly for one hour with the student to reflect critically on the meaning and practice of ministry as well as the practical aspects of ministry;
  6. Being present and able to work with an intern throughout the internship;
  7. Participation in orientation (if new to the YDS program) and one continuing education event annually in the skills of supervision/mentoring;
  8. Punctual submission of paperwork for the internship, as required by the Office of Supervised Ministries.
  9. No history of misconduct.