Ministry Internships (CE 545R)

Purpose and Description

Ministry Internships are a student initiated practical experience for which the student gains academic credit at Candler. Internships provide students with an opportunity to tailor their course of study by meeting specific ministry-learning outcomes they are working towards. It also can be an important avenue for discernment of the student's professional ministry and calling.

Students are encouraged to select contexts of ministry that will enable them to explore issues of ministry, and/or develop specific skills (e.g., teaching, preaching, administration, etc.). Students may intern with a church, an agency, or with an existing internship program. (See list of internship opportunities below.)

Please note that if a student wants to volunteer or work without academic credit, then he/she does not need to apply through our office.

All internship proposals are subject for approval by Dr. Thomas W. Elliott, Jr., Director of Ministry Internships.

Ministry Internship Overview

1.  MDiv, MTS, and MRL students may earn the following credits in a Ministry Internship:

MDiv (up to 6 credit hours)

MTS (up to 6 credit hours)

MRL (requirement of 6 credit hours)

CE545R may be taken for variable elective credit for a maximum of six credit hours. Each hour of CE545R credit requires 42 hours of work in the internship setting. (Example: three hours of credit requires 3 x 42=126 hours of work).

Ordinarily, at least two thirds of the total hours worked for the internship would be actual contextual work. One third of the time may be used for study, reflection, and supervision.

No credit will be awarded retroactively for internship work previously conducted.

Ministry Internships are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis (S/U).

2.  The student is responsible for completing the Ministry Internship (CE 545R) Contract Form, securing a setting, a Ministry Internship Supervisor, and a Faculty Supervisor to participate in the project.

Setting:  Students should secure a setting that relates to their overall interest in the internship.

Ministry Internship Supervisor:  Students are supervised by a Ministry Internship Supervisor who is: 1) an ordained minister, employed full time in the setting, and has a graduate theological degree from an accredited seminary; and/or 2) a director who has a master’s degree in the indicated field. Ministry Internship Supervisors require the approval of the Director of Ministry Internships.

Faculty Supervisor: Students should select a Faculty Supervisor based on their area of interest and negotiate with them regarding their project. Faculty members should be identified as soon as possible.

3.  In conjunction with the Faculty Supervisor and the Ministry Internship Supervisor, the student will develop a Ministry Internship Proposal. (See Proposal Guidelines below.)

4.  Final evaluations by the Ministry Internship Supervisor, Faculty Supervisor, and student are due at the end of the semester. Copies of all evaluations should be submitted to the Director of Ministry Internships, Office of Contextual Education.

5.  The student's grade will be assigned by the Faculty Supervisor in consultation with the Ministry Internship Supervisor. The Faculty Supervisor will then forward the grade to the Director of Ministry Internships, Office of Contextual Education, to have it recorded with the Registrar's Office and in OPUS. 

Steps for Enrolling in CE 545R Ministry Internship

1.  Meet with Director Dr. Thomas W. Elliott, Jr. - Students are required to contact the Office of Contextual Education (404.727.4178) to schedule a meeting with Dr. Elliott. Please allow at least six weeks before the last day of registration.

2.  Complete CE545R Contract Form - Students will complete the Ministry Internship Contract Form with three signatures (Ministry Internship Supervisor, Faculty Supervisor, and the student). This form must be submitted with a copy of the full internship proposal to the Director of Ministry Internships, Contextual Education Office.  If all requirements are met, Dr. Thomas W. Elliott, Jr. will approve the internship.

3.  Submit Ministry Internship Proposal - Students will develop an internship proposal (see Ministry Internship Proposal Guidelines). A copy of the proposal will go to the Ministry Internship Supervisor, the Faculty Supervisor, and the Director of Ministry Internships, Contextual Education Office.

4.  International students will need to consult with the ISSS office - International students will need to receive authorization before beginning their internship.  (Please allow 3-4 weeks before internship start date.)

Ministry Internship Proposal Guidelines

The proposal should include the following:

1.  Learning outcomes and how the project fulfills those outcomes.

Internship learning outcomes should be in keeping with the “learning outcomes” appropriate to the student’s degree program.




Learning outcomes have to do with knowledge and/or skills that you wish to develop through your work in the setting. For example: 'To start a singles group' is a task, not a learning outcome.

Some examples of learning outcomes:

To develop skills in recruiting volunteers

To gain firsthand and theoretical understanding of the dynamics of small rural churches

To become more comfortable sharing myself in teaching or pastoral care situations

To explore my capacity to function in a setting with children with limited verbal skills

The more focus you have the richer your experience is likely to be.

2.  Project outline that provides information on the rationale, the practice of ministry, and the setting.

MRL students should check with their respective areas of concentration for specific requirements and opportunities.

3.  A listing of readings, methods, or resources you plan to use to facilitate reflection (e.g., texts, one-on-one interviews, journal, etc.).

4.  Site work schedule (based on the number of credit hours taken).

5.  Schedule for weekly meetings with the Ministry Internship Supervisor for reflection and supervision.

6.  Schedule for meetings with Faculty Supervisor for reflection and supervision.  (See Faculty Supervisor for recommended schedule.)

7.  Plan for final integrative project.

The student is responsible for conceiving (in dialogue with Faculty Supervisor and Ministry Internship Supervisor) and completing a final integrative project. In general, this project should demonstrate that the student has made progress in realizing his or her learning outcomes. Specifically, the final project should be the product of the student's integration of any readings, reflection, and the practice of ministry in the student's setting. The final project may take a variety of forms; a standard academic paper, an audio-visual presentation, the development of a curriculum for a church program, the planning and leading of a retreat or seminar, etc.

Ministry Internship Supervisor's Responsibilities

The Ministry Internship Supervisor should provide the following:

1.  A meeting in the first week of the semester for the purpose of reviewing and confirming the plan of work, and developing a weekly schedule for meetings with the student.

2.  Weekly meetings with student for reflection and supervision. Normally, these meetings require a minimum of one hour.

3.  An evaluation of the student's work at the end of the internship. Copies of the evaluation should be submitted to the student, the Faculty Supervisor, and the Director of Ministry Internships, Office of Contextual Education.

4.  Recommendations to the Faculty Supervisor concerning what grade the student shall be given for the internship.

Faculty Supervisor’s Responsibilities 

1.  The Faculty Supervisor works with the student to provide guidance and direction concerning the specifics of the project such as: reading lists, writing exercises, and means of reflection.

2.  The Faculty Supervisor agrees to meet with the student to monitor progress on the project. The number of meetings will be determined by the Faculty Supervisor and should reflect the amount of credit being awarded in the internship.

3.  The Faculty Supervisor will complete a final evaluation of the student’s work. They will consult with the Ministry Internship Supervisor to submit a final grade to the Director of Ministry Internships, Contextual Education Office.

Ministry Internship Opportunities 

Please review the Ministry Internship Opportunities below: