Internship is a degree requirement for the MDiv and MASJE degree programs. Internship integrates meaningful community engagement, professional practice, theological/spiritual reflection, and critical analysis.
Prior to beginning an Internship, students are required to complete and pass a background check through the Office of Professional Formation.
Internship involves spending nine months within a congregation, denominational office, nonprofit, educational institution, healthcare provider, labor organization, government agency, and/or business for a minimum of 420 total hours (approximately 14 hours/week) with concurrent enrollment in the Internship Seminar course during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Intern learning and formation are supported by an Internship Supervisor, Community Advisory Council (CAC), Internship Seminar Instructor, and the staff and faculty of the Office of Professional Formation.
Prior Internships or ministry/vocational work do not count toward the fulfillment of this degree requirement.
IST 4000, 4001, 4002 - Internship Seminar (12 credits)
The purpose of this course is to further professional formation through critical reflection on and consultation about your Internship experience with peers and faculty within the seminar setting and course assignments. As a requirement of the MDiv and MASJE degrees, students complete a 420-hour Internship and concurrent 30-week Internship Seminar during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters of one academic year. All three quarters must be completed in sequence within a single academic year. Internship Seminars are offered in residential and hybrid-online formats, and meet weekly for 2.5 hours or its equivalency for three consecutive quarters. 4 credits/quarter totaling 12 credits. IST 4000 offered in Fall, IST 4001 offered in Winter, IST 4002 offered in Spring.
At least 24 credits of coursework; Identity, Power, and Vocation in Community (IPVC); First Year Interdisciplinary Course; and a background check through the Office of Professional Formation.