Once you’ve discussed your ideas with your advisor and have received his/her approval to proceed with an internship, involve the internship coordinator at this point to help you identify the specific internship which will best serve you.
Please do not meet with the internship coordinator until you and your advisor agree that this is the best option for you.
Then submit your completed Internship Proposal for advisor approval.
- Please obtain the Graduate Internship Guidelines packet to understand the procedures and timeline (available in the hallway file by our internship coordinator's office, BGC 232).
Register for CFM 696 Internship (2 hrs).
In conjunction with your project advisor, begin working on your internship paper, which should contain the following items:
- Statement of Purpose: briefly state the nature and purpose of your ministry internship and choice of internship site.
- Relevance: describe the relevance of your internship for your long-term vision for ministry.
- Goals: identify specific ministry goals for yourself and those to whom you will be ministering.
- Review of Literature and/or Exemplar Ministries: review literature or exemplar ministries that will contribute to your understanding of the context of your internship ministry (relevant theological, ecclesiological, socio-cultural, or developmental variables), your understanding of the historical background of internship ministry, your intended ministry strategies, and your own preparation and skill level for your internship. The review of literature section of your internship paper is to be built around the key factors in your purpose and goals statement. Develop your outline from these points. Use literature sources to build an argument that reflects the position of your thesis in relationship to the view of other scholars. Include positions that both support and refute your own. See examples of literature reviews in the theses in Room 237.
- Praxis reflections describe the activities and tasks that encompassed your internship; then reflect on the significance of those things. In what ways did they help you accomplish the purpose of your internship and help prepare yourself for future ministry?
- Include educational principles and developmental theories relevant to this experience, spiritual growth that you experienced, and new skills and knowledge you gained, applying them to future ministry.
- Describe new ways you became aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, as well as other meaningful personal insights. Analyze your relationship with your supervisor and co-workers, if applicable.
- Identify the implications for ministry of issues that may have surfaced.
- Due to the quick pace of the Accelerated M.A. program, internships are generally not allowed.