Frequently Asked Questions
What is an approved Academic Mentored Internship for credit?
Official internships for credit take place off campus at approved sites under an approved mentor. Sites may include churches, inner-city missions, para-church organizations, and foreign mission fields. Internships are official, graded courses and are required for most students.
How is an Internship different from a weekend/summer student ministry?
Internships take place for a grade under the direction of the college and a site mentor. The mentor must be trained, experienced and currently serving full-time in the specialty area of the Internship.
When can a student do an Internship for credit?
Once a student accumulates 60 college credit hours (Junior level status), he/she can serve in an approved internship for credit. Students may also be required to fulfill certain class pre-requisites before going on an internship. Students may arrange for non-credit internships at any time.
How long are internships?
Internships vary from 3 months (10 weeks during a summer) to a year.
Who is involved in the Internship process?
Interns learn and serve under a Site Mentor. Academic Advisors, Faculty Supervisors and Mentors all work closely with the Director of Internships to maximize the Intern experience.
Does a student or church need approval before beginning an Internship for credit?
All interns, internship positions, intern sites and site mentors must be approved by the Director of Internships in advance. This allows for appropriate oversight of the internship experience.
How does a church receive approval to become an internship site?
Fill out the Open Ministry/Internship Request Form (link is at the top of the page). The Director of Internships will review each internship request, and note in the listing whether or not students may take the internship for credit. Opportunities that are not approved for credit will still be listed for students who do not need to earn internship credit (or are not yet able to).
Why might an Internship site not be approved?
The main reasons to not approve an internship site would involve working with a mentor who does not yet have 5 years of ministry experience, or an opportunity where the student would be more on-their-own, rather than directly mentored (as in a summer youth or children's ministry).
Can a student do an internship at his/her home congregation?
Part of the internship experience is coming to know and serve in a congregation different from where the student grew up. The student is also more likely to get an objective evaluation from a mentor with whom he/she does not have a previous relationship. For these reasons, the Internship Office is hesitant about approving a student for an internship at his/her home congregation.
If you have questions about the Internship Program not listed above, please contact Bob Witte, Director of Christian Service and Internships at Witte.Bob@OCC.edu or at 417.626.1234, ext. 2058.