Internship and Practicum Planning

All master's degree programs that have an internship or practicum component are called "professional degrees" at Fuller (i.e. MDiv, MATM, MAICS, and MACL). Students in these degree programs are required to complete and internship or practicum to earn their degree. There is also one emphasis that requires an internship or practicum: the De Pree Emphasis in Leadership. So, whether your program requires you to complete an internship or practicum or not, you are welcome to inquire about completing an internship as part of your educational formation.

School of Theology

The Office of Field Education and Ministry Formation requires students to earn a minimum of 24 quarter units toward a Fuller degree prior to completing an internship or practicum. To register an internship or practicum, it is important that you start the planning process early. We recommend that you contact the Office of Field Education and Ministry Formation at least two quarters prior to your intended start of the internship or practicum. The deadline to apply for your practicum or internship is in week 8 of the prior quarter. Once you have all application documents in place and you have been approved to register, your academic advisor will be notified and send you the CRN needed for registration.

It is important that you stay on top of the deadlines. Documents submitted late may delay the start of your internship or practicum. Please refer to the Office of Field Education and Ministry Formation for more information.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

If you are interested in doing the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), please note that CPE programs are not required for any degree program at Fuller. If you are seeking ordination in a particular denomination or pursuing military chaplaincy, you may be required or strongly encouraged to complete a CPE as part of the training. You will want to check with a representative from your denomination or military branch.

For more information on internships, practicum and CPE, please reference the online resources for Field Education and Ministry Formation.

School of Intercultural Studies

Included in the MAICS curriculum is the opportunity to complete a cross-cultural practicum that combines coursework with practical ministry. The practicum experience challenges students to discern their calling, grow spiritually, and apply what they are learning to a cross-cultural context. MAICS degree students are required to complete a minimum of 24 units of missiology from the School of Intercultural Studies (SIS) prior to enrolling in the Missiological Integration Practicum. We encourage students to complete the practicum in the middle of their program to allow time for further theological and missiological reflection through academic work after the practicum is complete. On this page you will find documents and information intended to help you plan, organize and complete your practicum.

Contact Information
Please feel free to email your questions or concerns to the School of Intercultural Studies dean's office at sis@fuller.edu.

Basic Requirements

  • Your practicum site must provide an opportunity to work/serve in a context where at least two cross-cultural elements are present. (i.e. working with people of a different ethnicity than your own and in a different socio-economic group).
  • You must be able to complete 120 academic hours (8 units) in a minimum of 5 weeks and no more than two consecutive quarters.
  • You must work closely with your 1) Practicum Coordinator, 2) Faculty Mentor, and 3) on site supervisor (s) to complete all of the necessary paperwork, arrangements and assignments for your practicum within the given timeframe.
  • Quick reference to Practicum Overview for more info.

Steps for Planning Due Date:
1. Select Practicum Site 2 quarters prior to placement (suggested)
2. Identify On-Site Supervisor The quarter prior to placement (suggested)
3. Submit Initial Proposal 4th week of the quarter prior to placement
4. Complete/ Submit Packet 8th week of the quarter prior to placement
5. Register for Practicum 8th week of the quarter prior to placement
6. Complete Assignments/Evals 10th week of the placement quarter
7. Debrief with Faculty Mentor 5th week of the quarter following placement

Practicum Paperwork (download here)

Initial Practicum Proposal (Step 3)

Practicum Packet Documents (Step 4):

  • Practicum Itinerary Form
  • Learning Agreement Contract
  • Release Form
  • Student Medical Insurance Card (Copy)
  • Round-Trip Tickets (Copy)(if applicable)
  • Vaccination Records*
  • Proof of Medical Evacuation Insurance*
  • Passport and required visa(s)*

*International Practicum Only

Practicum Evaluations (Step 6)

SIS Practicum Student Evaluation

SIS Practicum Supervisor Evaluation

Lebanon Practicum

The Lebanon Practicum provides students with the opportunity to take up to 12 units of coursework while exposing them to Muslim-Christian relations in the context of Lebanon. While in Lebanon, students study under the guidance of Dr. Martin Accad, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, and are based at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Mansourieh in the Maten region overlooking Beirut. The Lebanon practicum fulfills the practicum requirement of the MAICS degree.

The practicum consists of three components: (1) participation in the annual Middle East Conference, hosted by ABTS's Institute of Middle East Studies; (2) Levantine Arabic language and culture study through the Academy of Languages and Practical Skills (ALPS); and (3) a crosscultural practicum placement meets the specific interests and skills of the student (for example, interacting with urban Sunnei Beirutis, at-risk youth, refugees, or settle Bedouins).

Jesse Wheeler, a Fuller graduate, is the Project Manager at The Institute of Middle East Studies in Beirut and oversees the Lebanon Practicum. You may contact him to learn more about the practicum at jwheeler@abtslebanon.org. You may also visit their website: imeslebanon.wordpress.com.

Documents

Lebanon Practicum Overview

Lebanon Information and Orientation Packet

Lebanon Practicum Application

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