The MDiv internships (FE1 and FE2) and MATM / MACL practicum help provide students like you with the experience and formation needed to pursue your ministry vocation.

You must accumulate 24 units before you can apply for an internship or practicum. Regardless of where you are in your program, it is important to begin preparing for your Field Education experience as soon as possible. There are a number of things you can do right now to prepare for your internship or practicum.

Please navigate through the menu below to find valuable information as you prepare to begin your internship.

Special Note for Students in the 120-Unit MDiv:

The instructions on this website apply to internships for students in the 144-unit MDiv. We will update the website to reflect the curriculum change when more details are available. If you have transferred to the 120-unit MDiv and want to start your apprenticeship in the fall or winter quarters, please contact our office directly to begin planning your apprenticeship: or 626-584-5387.

Finding a Church or Internships Site

Finding a Church

Becoming part of a church family is an essential part of the Christian walk. Church is where we participate in fellowship, discipleship, and corporate worship. It is also a place where we can exercise the gifts God has blessed us with as we grow in spiritual maturity and begin to minister to others. A healthy church family is also a source of strength and encouragement that helps us survive the ups and downs of seminary life.

Most Field Education internships and practicums take place in a church setting (a church setting is required for the FE1). So when you look for a church family to call your own, keep in mind that you are also looking for a potential internship or practicum site.

Factors to consider when choosing a church:

  • Are you part of a denomination? If so, begin with the churches in your area that are affiliated with your denomination. If not, look into the denominations of the churches in your area and find one that aligns with your values.
  • Will you be pursuing ordination? If so, look into the ordination requirements for your denomination and make sure that your local church family is one that will support you through the process
  • What kind of church is right for you? Do you prefer a mega-church with a large team of leaders and wide variety of ministries, or something smaller? Are you looking for a church that is well established, or would you prefer a newer church plant
  • What is the pastoral staff like? Chances are, one of the pastors of your church will end up being your internship supervisor. Get to know the staff now and see if there's anyone you would like to work with.
  • And of course, the most important thing to consider is how you can contribute to the life of the congregation. What are their needs? What ministries do they have that you can get involved with?

Tips for finding a church:

  • If you are not connected with a church in your area, try searching for nearby churches on the internet. Church websites can be important sources of information ranging from theology and leadership to the schedule and meeting times for worship services.
  • Talk to friends and fellow students about their churches and see if you can go with them one Sunday.
  • And of course, you can always visit local churches until you find the one that's right for you.

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Choosing a Supervisor

Once you have connected with an internship site, the next step is identifying a supervisor. Your relationship with this individual can make or break your internship, so be sure to choose someone who will support and challenge you in your formation as a Christian leader.

Supervisors for Field Education internships and practicums must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at the same site where you do your internship.
  • Service in a full-time ministry leadership position for a minimum of three years.
  • Active service in their current position for at least one year.
  • Formal theological training (i.e., Bible school or seminary-level theological training).
  • Commitment to meeting one-on-one with you for at least one hour per week for evaluation, planning, theological reflection, and prayer.
  • Commitment to completing required assignments in a timely manner.
  • Ability to provide a learning environment that is challenging, educational, supportive, and safe, and to assure the participation of the church or institution in the internship.

If your desired supervisor does not meet one or more of the requirements listed above, a secondary supervisor can be added, pending approval from Field Education and Ministry Formation.

Note: Your supervisor cannot be a family member or close friend.

In addition to the above requirements, all supervisors must be certified by Field Education and Ministry Formation. This involves reading and agreeing to the Supervisor Orientation Guidelines and completing a Supervisor Application.

Components of a Field Education Internship

All Field Education internships and practicums include the following elements:

  • Supervised Field Experience
  • Regular one-on-one meetings with your site Supervisor
  • Quarterly meetings with an FEMF Advisor
  • Theological Refection Groups
  • Quarterly progress reports and reflection papers

Part-time internships require 10-15 hours/week, while full-time calls for at least 35.

  • 50% of your time must be spent in active leadership.
  • Up to 30% of your time can be devoted to preparation.
  • 20% of your time must be reserved for theological reflection and observation.

FEMF interns engage in a wide variety of ministry responsibilities depending on their vocational giftedness and the needs of their internship site. The following learning opportunities qualify for FEMF internships:

  • Worship Leadership (e.g. preaching; reading Scripture; leading prayer or music; planning and coordinating worship services; preparation and administration of dedications, baptisms, communion, funerals, and weddings, as church polity allows)
  • Christian Education (e.g. planning/developing programs or curriculum; teaching; recruitment and training of lay leaders)
  • Pastoral Care (e.g. pastoral calls in homes and/or hospitals; observation of and participation in congregational care programs; pastoral counseling -- observation and supervised participation, as appropriate)
  • Evangelism and Mission (e.g. parish evangelism; new member recruitment, training, and follow-up; involvement of the church in local, national, and world missions)
  • Administration (e.g. establishing program goals and evaluation methods for specific ministries; observation and/or participation in decision-making processes of the church staff, board, and committees; observation and/or participation in conflict management; management of personal time, including time for study, ministry, family, and leisure)
  • Financial Management (e.g. participation and/or observation in the budget planning process or stewardship program)

Please note that interns are not required to participate in all of the areas listed, only those that are suited to their particular internship.

The following activities do not qualify for internship credit: research; clerical office work; set-up or audio-visual duties for church services; driving persons or delivering supplies; participation in (as opposed as leading) a small group, class, church service, or meeting; music accompaniment other than worship leading.

The Application Process

Once you have completed 24 units, you may apply for a Field Education internship or practicum.

Before you can apply, you need to choose the internship or practicum option that is right for you. Use the degree-appropriate drop-down menu above to find more information about the learning opportunities we offer. Applications can be found on the pages for each internship option.

All applications are due on Friday of Week 8 the quarter before you plan to begin your internship or practicum. For a list of upcoming application due dates, click here.

Contact us for more information, or to schedule a meeting with an FEMF advisor.

(626) 584-5200
(800) 235-2222
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182