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Expectations for Internship Sites

Potential supervisors and congregations need to be aware that the Contextual Learning office has the following expectations for the internship:

The congregation

  • Every congregation requesting an intern must have a current application on file with the Contextual Learning office. Site applications must be updated and resubmitted every year.
  • The congregation's financial obligations include: stipend, FICA, housing and utilities and/or housing and utility allowance, work-related expenses, car/mileage reimbursement, cluster meeting expenses, new supervisor orientation registration fee (when applicable), travel pool fee, administration fee, moving expenses. Please refer to the Financial Matters page for details on these financial obligations.
  • The ELCA requires that every congregation which hosts an intern must have in place a policy against sexual harassment. The text of the congregation's policy is a required part of the congregation's application form. View a sample policy. If you have any questions about the formation of such a policy for your congregation, please contact Contextual Learning Associate Kathryn Ostlie: 

The supervisor

  • New supervisors will attend a New Supervisor Orientation prior to the beginning of internship.
  • The supervisor is responsible for forming the lay committee.
  • The supervisor will arrange at least one hour per week for a supervisory meeting with the intern, concerning theological reflection, pastoral identity and ministry. This time should be kept free from external interruptions and routine calendar planning, and should focus on the intern's development as a pastor. 
  • The supervisor will attend internship clusters with the intern. 
  • The supervisor will complete the ELCA's three-month, mid-point, and final evaluations of the intern.

The lay committee

  • A lay committee, usually consisting of five to eight congregational members, will be a special resource to the intern. The committee will observe the intern's work, engage in regular discussions with the intern, and provide feedback and evaluation. Please review the Lay Committee Handbook.
  • The lay committee and the committee chair will be designated before the arrival of the intern and will be prepared to welcome and assist the intern upon arrival.
  • The lay committee will meet at least once a month with the intern. (Every two months for 24-month, half-time internships)
  • The lay committee will complete the mid-point and final evaluations of the intern.