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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 (or 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 (30 must be OCC hours), he/she can serve in an approved internship for credit. Students may also be required to fulfill certain class pre-requisites before doing their internship. Students may arrange for non-credit internships at any time.

Do students have to pay for Internship credits?

Interns pay for and receive internship course credits at the current per-hour rate.

How long are internships?

Internships vary from 3 months (10 weeks during a summer) to a year.

How many internships can a student do for credit?

Students may receive up to eight internship credits:

  • Summer internships must be full-time: 40 hours/week for 10 weeks for 2 credit hours.
  • Semester internships are part-time: 20+ hours/week for 17 weeks for 2 credit hours.
  • Full-time semester internships (40 hours/week for 17 weeks) may be taken as two courses simultaneously equaling 4 credit hours.

Who is involved in the Internship process?

Interns learn and serve under a Site Mentor. Academic Advisors, Supervising Professors and Mentors all work closely with the Ministry Center Director and Assistant 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 Ministry Center Director in advance. This allows for appropriate oversight, required reading, syllabi, and tracking via Canvas.

Why might an Internship match not be approved?

Reasons to not approve an internship may involve personal character issues, a poor match between the intern and the site or mentor, academic or disciplinary suspension, or failure to complete past Christian Service reports.

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 Ministry Center is hesitant about approving a student for an internship at his/her home congregation.

Can a student receive credit for an internship they’ve already completed?

The evaluation process that takes place during an internship is an indispensable part of the experience. Therefore, students will not receive credit in these circumstances.