Planning Ahead for Internship

Planning Ahead for Internship

Perkins School of Theology

Good planning makes it possible for students to do the type of internship they want to do when they want to do it. A failure to plan ahead may leave prospective interns disappointed. Students should plan their course load carefully in their early years at Perkins to make sure they fulfill the prerequisites for internship. If they expect to do a full-time internship as the final piece of their degree program, they must be sure to complete all other academic requirements before the internship begins.

Students choosing the concurrent model must plan to take additional course work during the internship but need to be aware of the course limitations.

BEFORE APPLYING FOR INTERNSHIP: Students apply for internship and interview with the Intern Faculty in the fall of one academic year for internships beginning the following fall. In the spring term before students plan to apply for internship they should a) carefully review their academic plan with their advisor, and b) do a degree progress review with the Perkins registrar. They will thus be clear when they have the placement interview on the selection and scheduling of their remaining classes and will know that their choice of internship fits with their projected graduation date.

ORDINATION PROCESS: The seminary's task is graduate education. The church ordains. While the Intern Faculty is interested in students' decisions on and progress toward ordination, it is the responsibility of prospective interns on that track to check with their conference and/or denomination before the placement interview to make sure they are aware of all requirements for internship and ordination. During the interview, they should inform the Intern Faculty placement supervisor of any steps they will be taking in their denominational ordination process during the internship year. With careful scheduling and good communication, interns can avoid calendar collisions that may interfere with learning.

LONG-DISTANCE INTERNSHIPS: Students who hope to do internship outside the immediate five-state area (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma) should initiate an early conversation with an Intern Faculty member, preferably in their first year at Perkins but no later than the second year, in order to allow time to arrange an optimal internship. If a placement in the desired area is not confirmed by the deadline of January 15 of the calendar year in which the internship will begin, the Intern Faculty will assist the student to explore other options.

TRANSFERS BETWEEN DEGREE PROGRAMS: If a student decides to transfer from one Perkins degree program to another, he or she must be fully accepted into the new degree program by September 30 of the placement process year, and the application for the corresponding internship is due to the Intern Office by the same date. Failure to meet that deadline will automatically defer the internship application to the following academic year.

The Intern Faculty and staff welcome questions from and conversations with students about internship at any point in their Perkins career. For additional information about internship, see the Internship Placement Process booklet.