Be an Internship Site

Real ministry experiences are an essential component of the education that Calvin Seminary offers its students in the pastoral ministry (MDiv) and specialized ministry (MA) programs. Please consider how your congregation can provide valuable hands-on internships as they pursue God’s call on their lives.

Calvin Seminary’s Vocational Formation is eager to partner with you to help form students for ministry. Get started by exploring the types of internship sites we need, and then contact us so that we can explore your options in more detail. We choose internship sites based on the congregation’s fit for particular student.

Pastoral Ministry Internship

Help prepare seminary students for ordained ministry by hosting a pastoral ministry internship in your church. The goal of this type of internship is to help an MDiv student deepen pastoral identity and further develop ministry practice skills. Most importantly, the student should develop the capacity to communicate the message of the gospel in authentic and contextually-appropriate ways. As the student develops this vital ability in the context of your congregation, your community of disciples should be encouraged and formed spiritually by the student’s presence and ministry.

Time commitment: 400 hours should be completed during a 10-week full-time internship during the summer or a part-time internship over the course of the summer and/or academic year.

Specialized Ministry Internship

Your church can help give Calvin Seminary students with ministry specializations in worship, church planting, evangelism and missions, educational ministry, youth and family and pastoral care experience in their area of focus. The goal of the specialized ministry internship is to provide an immersion experience in which a student can take significant leadership in their area of specialization.

Time commitment:  200 hours should be completed during a 10-week full-time internship during the summer or a part-time internship over the course of the summer or academic year.

Cross-Cultural Internship

Your congregation or organization can provide students preparing for ministry with a vital ministry experience in a cultural setting distinctly different (economically, ethnically or ecclesiastically) from their own. The goal of the cross-cultural internship is to ensure that students:

  • Gain perspective on their own culture
  • Engage, explore, and articulate the contextual nature of ministry
  • Develop a deepened perspective on the global church
  • Reflect more broadly on their own call to ministry.

Time commitment: 200 hours can be completed during a five-week full-time internship during the summer or a part-time internship over the course of the summer or academic year.