The second part of the internship process is the actual field experience. It may be completed either in one event (during the summer) or in two parts (during the fall and spring semesters). The summer option is registered for using the 396 course code. The two-part option is regsitered for using the 398 course code. Students using the two-part approach will register for their internship twice: once in the fall and once in the spring.
Choosing the right internship location is vitally important. The experiences and connections made during a quality internship will have a direct effect on the student's ability to find a ministry after graduation. Each student is responsible for arranging his or her own internship. The location, activities and field supervision must, however, be approved by the student's faculty advisor and the Director of Ministry Internships. Prospective field supervisors must have a minimum of five years full-time experience in and be activity involved in the student's area of specialization.
During the internship, the intern will keep a work log. Additonally, the intern and the supervisor will submit progress reports every three weeks (links in Section 1 below). The progress report is a single sheet that is completed by both and emailed or faxed to the Director of Ministry Internships (firstname.lastname@example.org). Upon completion of the internship, the internship supervior/mentor and two other church members (chosen by the supervisior), will each complete three online assessments. Each will complete the character and skill inventories (links in Section 2 below). In addition, each will evaluate the intern using an assessment specific to his or her area of specialization (links in Section 3 below).
Students must receive a passing grade for their internship in order to graduate. Internships receive one of the following grades: A, B, C or F. The links above provide you with connections to online forms for the major documents used during the internship.
There is one final step in the internship process. In an effort to seek continuous improvement, the student, field supervisor and director of the program each evaluate FCC's internship process, using the online survey links below.