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.

Please download our Internship Placement Timeline for 2016-2017 (Internships Beginning Fall 2017) by clicking here.

Please download our Special Reminders for Distributed Learning Candidates (Internships Beginning Fall 2017) by clicking here.

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 month. 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. 14, 2017 or June 17, 2017.

February: Review sites, interview supervisors

The process for this is as follows:

  • Students participating in the open interview process with prospective supervisors in February view available sites and schedule interviews with supervisors.
  • Viewing of available sites are completed and all interviews with supervisors are scheduled.
  • All schedules are confirmed and sent to supervisors.
  • Students participating in the open interview process complete interviews with prospective supervisors in the last two weeks of February each year.

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.

Background check and boundaries maintenance workshops

An official Luther Seminary background check is required before your internship can begin. This is a graduation requirement for Luther Seminary students and an internship requirement for affiliated students. An official Luther Seminary boundaries workshop is also required before your internship can begin. This is a graduation requirement for Luther Seminary students and an internship requirement for affiliated students.

Markers of student readiness for internship

The following are Required to be completed Prior to Beginning Your Internship

  • Denominational checkpoints required (including endorsement for ELCA)
  • Boundaries Workshop (Available in January and June)
  • Internship Orientation Workshop (offered in January or June)
  • Minimum of 10 Credits of Coursework Completed 

The following are Encouraged to be completed Prior to Beginning Your Internship 

  • Completion of (CPE) Clinical Pastoral Education 
  • CG0525 Congregatoinal Care and Formation 
  • PR0510 Foundations of Biblical Preaching 
  • WO0515 Public Worship: Leadership in Word and Sacrament, Prayer and Thanksgiving