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 Organizations 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, meeting with the OSM Director, and exploring your interests and possible sites on DivLink and the internet.  

Supervisors

Update internship “jobs” to DivLink by March 1. See guidelines for posting.

EXPLORE: MARCH 1-31    

Students

  • Complete and upload the “Student Application” to DivLink Documents, with your resume.
  • Explore internships on DivLink Jobs and apply to those you are interested in through DivLink by April 1.  You should interview with more than one site.  Applications will be forwarded to sites on April 2.
  • Meet with Director of Supervised Ministry before March 31 to discuss your interests and potential internships.  (Use DivLink to set up an appointment)

How to View Available Internships on DivLink

How to Complete the Student Application on DivLink

The OSM

  • Advises students on potential sites based on their interest
  • Forwards student application materials to site supervisors on April 2.
  • Vets and approves requested sites

INTERVIEW: APRIL 1-23     

Students

  • Contact your selected sites and arrange interviews.  Be mindful that Easter is April 1.  Clergy might be on vacation the week after Easter.

Supervisors

Review applications sent to them.  Work with students to arrange and conduct interviews.

MATCH: APRIL 23-May 1   

Students

  • Determine your preferences for an internship.
  • After receiving offers, determine whether to accept the position and do so through DivLink.  Follow up with personal contact.  Respond to every offer promptly. 
  • If you have not accepted a site by April 29, contact the OSM Director to consider additional sites.  Selections should be completed by May 1.

Supervisors

Determine your preference and make an offer through DivLink.  OSM Director will approve the offer and forward to student.  Wait for student response, or contact them after Director has approved your offer and sent it to student. 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 submit the Learning Covenant in DivLink (see guidelines for developing a Learning Covenant). The Learning Covenant must be completed and submitted through DivLink by May 31.

Contact

Office of Supervised Ministries