Students are required to have at least one internship under the supervision of a pastor and session of a congregation in order to meet course requirements for graduation from the Seminary.
Following the Junior and/or Middler year, students are encouraged to serve in a summer internship by mutual agreement between the pastor and session of the congregation, and the Professor of Pastoral Theology. In making such plans for internship, students should seek counsel from their own Session, and the Committee for Students Under Care of their Presbytery. This summer internship shall cover a period of at least ten weeks during which time the student shall be available to give full-time service. This summer internship, if completed satisfactorily, will carry two quarter-hour credits and meet the graduation requirements. It is recommended that a second summer also be devoted to internship, and credit may be given upon the same basis if the internship is arranged under a different pastor and session.
Middlers or Seniors also may serve as interns during the academic year in churches to which they are appointed by mutual agreement between the pastor and session of a local congregation, and the Professor of Pastoral Theology. Similarly, in making such plans for internship, students should seek counsel from their own Session and the Committee for Students Under Care of their Presbytery. This internship shall involve the intern in approximately 10 hours per week of service in the congregation including time on the Lord's Day. One academic year of such service, if satisfactory, will carry two quarter-hour credits, and may meet graduation requirements if a summer internship cannot be arranged. Where denominational standards require longer internships, arrangements may be made in consultation With the Professor of Pastoral Theology.
It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for a satisfactory internship. He should consult his own pastor and session as he does so. The Professor of Pastoral Theology often knows of possibilities, and he, also, can be consulted.