Students at commencement

Placement Process

Understand the lead-up to internship

Contextual Learning arranges all internships. Students who request to restrict geographically will not receive housing support. Students who request to restrict geographically outside of the Twin Cities do not go through the open interview process with prospective supervisors in February and may not expect to receive a placement decision by mid-April.

July: Distributed Learners' application deadline

Distributed Learning candidates must complete the Student Internship Application.

August-September: Distributed Learners' preliminary interviews

After completing the application, Distributed Learning candidates are assigned a Contextual Learning placement point person. Interns will have a preliminary interview with that point person during these months.

October: Residential, commuter and affiliated students' application deadline

Internship and Endorsement Info Sessions are held. Residential, commuter and affiliated candidates must complete the Student Internship Application. Horizon applications due.

November: Residential, commuter and affiliated students' preliminary interviews

After completing the application, residential, commuter and affiliated candidates are assigned a Contextual Learning placement point person. Interns will have a preliminary interview with that point person during this week. Synods complete endorsement decisions for ELCA candidates. Horizon applicants complete interviews.

January (or June): Internship orientation workshops

Students complete Internship Orientation Workshop (FE0200) on Jan. 16 or June 18. The sessions will be both livestreamed and recorded. The links will be sent out to those who can’t attend in person prior to the following week.

February: Review sites, interview supervisors

The process for this is as follows:

  • Students participating in the open interview process with prospective supervisors in February may now view available sites and schedule interviews with supervisors.
  • Viewing of available sites completed and all interviews with supervisors scheduled
  • All schedules confirmed and sent to supervisors
  • Students participating in the open interview process complete interviews with prospective supervisors.

March: Internship placements begin

Preference forms due. Contextual Learning staff meet to begin internship placements.

April: Internship placements complete

Students, internship sites and candidacy committees may be informed of internship placements; however, Distributed Learning candidates requesting to restrict geographically may not receive a placement decision by mid-April.

May: New supervisor workshop

New internship site supervisors complete New Supervisor Workshop.

Markers of student readiness for internship

The following are markers of student readiness for internship

  • Contextual education work strongly encouraged (i.e., Christian Public Leader)
  • Clinical Pastoral Education strongly encouraged
  • Courses encouraged (ordinarily one year at minimum, including RTA or LCCM)
  • Denominational checkpoints required (including endorsement for ELCA)
  • Internship Orientation Workshop (offered in January or June)
  • Boundary Workshop (offered in August, January or March)