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Internship Overview

Young women and men in preparation for ministry need practical pastoral training and intentional mentoring to fully meet the Guiding Principles of Ozark Christian College.

We are firmly committed to the importance of mentoring for individual spiritual formation. This is why most students are required to complete an Academic Mentored Internship or a Directed Field Experience before graduating. Academic Mentored Internships give the experienced student a chance to observe many aspects of ministry while serving in a specialized area.

An Academic Mentored Internship goes beyond the classroom setting. It fills in the gaps of ministry preparation that cannot be taught in the lecture hall or from a course textbook.The lessons learned in class gain a ministry context that helps the student to see their value.

The results are far reaching for the student:
1. Accelerated maturity and pastoral formation.
2. Discernment and confirmation of vocational ministry focus.
3. Learning from a seasoned veteran who is "in the field."
4. Improved competency in ministry skills.
5. Personal growth and expression of faith.
6. Bridging of classroom learning with a real-world ministry experience.
 

Key Components

Internship Site- A church, mission or ministry accepted by the college for participation in the internship program.

Site Mentor- A seasoned minister or missionary accepted by the college as a leader who is committed to intentional discipleship.

Student Intern- An OCC upperclassman (60 or more hours of college credit completed) serving at an approved internship site. The intern must meet all prerequisites and be approved by the Director of Internships to enroll in a Mentored Internship course for credit.

Serving and Learning Covenant- A written contract between the mentor and intern that expresses the goals, structure and expectations of the internship.

Director of Internships- The college’s faculty member designated to direct the Academic Mentored Internship program.

Faculty Supervisor- The OCC professor who assigns particular coursework pertaining to the internship course, and assigns the final grade.

Internship Assistant- The assistant to the Director of Internships, who takes care of all assignments and communication between those involved in the internship and the Internship Department.