Step 1: Meet the QUALIFICATIONS.
- Complete 60+ credit hours (30 must be OCC hours).
- Complete the prerequisite for you degree (see page 150 of OCC Catalog).
Step 2: FIND an internship.
- Check out the Ministry Openings page on the website or the Ministry Center bulletin board.
- Internships may not be at your home church.
- Summer internships must be full-time: 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.
- Semester internships are part-time: 20+ hours/week for 17 weeks.
- Full-time semester internships (40 hours/week for 17 weeks) may be taken as two courses simultaneously equaling 4 credit hours.
- Find a non-family member mentor with 5 years of paid ministry experience within the church or ministry organization.
Step 3: Fill out an APPLICATION
- Pick up an application from the Ministry Center in the Administrative Building or print pdf of application.
- Please turn in applications the semester prior to your internship.
Step 4: Get APPROVED.
- The Ministry Center Director must approve the internship and check-in with the supervising professor of your degree program.
Step 5: PRE-ENROLL for your internship.
- Internships are counted as a 2-credit hour course.
- Summer internship: Pre-enroll the spring semester prior to internship. Credit will count the following fall semester.
- Fall internship: Pre-enroll the spring semester prior to internship.
- Spring internship: Pre-enroll the fall semester prior to internship.
Step 6: ATTEND the Internship Orientation Workshop
- A required, 3-hour workshop taken prior to your internship.
- January 20 for Spring/Summer Interns: 9am-12pm in L14.
- May 5 for Summer Interns and Residents: 9am-12pm in L14.
Step 7: BEGIN your internship!
- During an Internship Complete the Serving and Learning Covenant with your mentor as the official start to your internship. Make sure to follow the Syllabus instructions throughout the internship.
Here is an overview of key items that take place during an Internship:
1. Mentors and interns meet weekly for intentional mentoring session.
2. Interns fulfill duties of their Serving and Learning Covenant.
3. Interns work on assignments throughout the internship as assigned in the syllabus for mid-term or final grades (book reports, journaling, preaching, teaching, directing, daily planning logs, etc.).
4. Mentors, interns, supervising professors, and Ministry Center communicate as needed via phone, e-mail, or Moodle.
5. Mentors and interns complete evaluations on Moodle.
6. Interns complete a reflection essay on their experience.
After an Internship
Reviewing and reflecting on experiences often brings valuable closure to a formative experience like an internship.Here is what ought to take place upon the completion of the internship:
1. Intern debriefs with site mentor.
2. Intern returns to school or enters full-time ministry having completed the internship.
3. Mentor completes final evaluations.
4. Intern completes final reflection essay.
5. Intern debriefs with the supervising professor.
6. All assignments are completed by the intern as outlined in the course syllabus and final grades are given.