YDS offers resources to help students become more adept and ultimately more successful at finding employment or opportunities for further graduate studies after graduation. Please review the information and links below.
If you have questions or seek guidance, several people on the YDS staff are willing to talk and support you, after you have reviewed the resources below.
Contact Bill Goettler (email@example.com), Jenny Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Alison Cunningham (email@example.com) in the Office of Vocation and Leadership if, after reviewing those resources, you seek further help.
Office of Vocation and Leadership
Internships provide students with an opportunity to explore their vocational yearnings in either a summer program or during the academic year. M.Div students are required to do an internship, while for MAR candidates it is optional. Internships can be in a congregation or in a non-profit site, depending on the student’s vocational aspirations and learning goals. While working on site, students can “try on” various roles, to test what fits and what doesn’t. Supported by a weekly meeting with their YDS peers, they begin to lean into their emerging identity as non-profit or congregational leaders. Throughout the program, students begin to learn more about the administrative functions of church/non-profit, digging into issues such as financial management, administrative policies, fund development and more.
In addition to the YDS Internship Program, staff offer various workshops that provide skill-building opportunities to further their job search success. These workshops include a Networking Skills, Interviewing Skills, Personal Finance and Resume Building.
Yale “Cross Campus” alumni/ae network
With a few clicks to set up a personal page, students can join “Cross Campus,” Yale’s online community-building mentoring/professional networking platform. Launched in April 2020, with over 500 YDS-affiliated people and 15,000 university members by the start of 2021, Cross Campus is a great tool for students and young alums to receive professional guidance and career advice from generations of Yale alumni. The platform’s powerful “Find other Yalies” search tool will connect you to alumni by career interest, geographic location, life skills, or current employer, reaching out to them via message or meeting request for dialogue and connection. To get started, visit https://crosscampus.yale.edu.
The YDS Jobs Board provides job listings both in parish settings and non-profit sites that students may be interested in pursuing. Jobs below are listed in three categories: 1)Full or part time professional jobs, generally requiring a graduate degree from a divinity school. These will include positions for ordained or non-ordained ministry, positions in education, administration, research or teaching, non-profit leadership positions, jobs in the arts, and opportunities in writing, editing and publishing. 2)Part-time academic year jobs, intended for those who are students at YDS. 3)Summer jobs and opportunities, that will likely offer meaningful experience for graduate students at YDS.
The rich ecumenical setting of the Master of Divinity program at Yale Divinity School cultivates the skills necessary for professional ministry in a post-denominational world. As a member of the Association of Theological Schools, YDS meets most denominations’ criteria for Seminary training. However, this does not mean that YDS meets all the requirements specific to ordination in each denomination.
The Doctoral Studies Liaisons program fosters community between YDS students interested in pursuing academic research and current Ph.D. students in Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Liaisons are current Yale doctoral students, commonly YDS graduates, who act as peer mentors, providing advice and counsel to current Yale Divinity School students on the path to and through doctoral studies. Doctoral Studies Liaisons also organize and host faculty/doctoral student panels/workshops on various topics related to doctoral studies, from selecting programs to crafting a personal statement, choosing a writing sample, interviewing with programs, and the like. Please note that students contemplating doctoral studies are also strongly encouraged to consult with faculty members in the intended doctoral discipline. Look for announcements of upcoming panels and workshops in This Week at YDS and learn more here.