Internship Completion and Approval

Internship Completion Policy

The general understanding of how completion of internship relates to the process of faculty approval of ELCA seniors is as follows:

Internship is expected to be completed, including the final internship evaluations received by the Contextual Learning Office, before ELCA seniors are eligible for the faculty vote on their approval recommendation for ordination. Following faculty action, synodical candidacy committees make the final decision on all questions of approval. There are three possible exceptions:

1)    In the case of concurrent/part-time internships, the above expectation is modified in the following way.  When the first twelve months of the concurrent/part-time internship have been completed, a student may be considered by the faculty in the succeeding semester. Prior to a vote in a faculty meeting, summary paragraphs from the final internship evaluations must be submitted by the supervising pastor, the lay internship committee, and the intern. If faculty recommendation for approval is given, it will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of the internship.

2)    For a residency internship, the first twelve months will meet the seminary and church requirement for internship. A resident intern may be considered by the faculty upon completion of the first twelve months of the residency and the submission of final internship evaluations from the supervisor, the lay internship committee and the resident intern. Final approval can be given to the student while the residency internship continues.

3)   Where any of the following circumstances apply, students may request early approval prior to the completion of internship in writing to the Contextual Learning office by January 15th:

a)    doing a final year internship,          

b)    affiliated and have completed their “Lutheran year” prior to internship, or        

c)    seniors returning for only one semester after internship.

Faculty consideration for those students whose request is approved will not occur until the summary paragraphs from the final evaluations have been submitted by the supervising pastor, the lay internship committee, and the intern, and at least eight months of the internship have been completed. If the request is granted faculty recommendation for approval will be contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the internship.

Adopted: December 12, 2006

Revised: October 26, 2010