Starr King School Internships – M.Div. & MASC
Each year SKSM students serve Unitarian Universalist congregations and community organizations throughout North America to learn firsthand the practical arts of ministry. The school’s internship program was started in the 1950s by then-president Josiah Bartlett, who believed in the school’s founding principle of attention to the practical realities of ministry and church life.
Since 1996, more than 100 SKSM students have participated in the school’s parish internship program (a full-time nine-month, or part-time two year) commitment to Unitarian Universalist teaching congregations. During the internship, the student functions as an Intern Minister in a congregation, holding responsibilities for areas of church life such as preaching, pastoral care, prophetic outreach, and more, all under the supervision of a teaching minister. Internships can be done in small, medium, or large congregations; in urban, suburban, or rural areas. The UUA maintains an “Internship Clearinghouse” (link: http://www.uua.org/careers/ministers/becoming/internships) where students can look for internship opportunities. Many students develop their own internship opportunities as well. While on their internship year, SKSM interns participate in a “parish intern reflection” group that meets over Moodle, and come together for an annual Intern Retreat.
Interns bring energy and enthusiasm to host teaching congregations, sharing a fresh vision of Unitarian Universalism’s future.
In the Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) degree program, students are asked to complete a community internship of their choosing and to prepare a final project that embodies their focus in justice and community making. Every year the SKSM community learns from its students, from the communities they work with and from their community mentors. MASC students strive to engage in community work developing deep relationships of accountability and mutuality, listening to and learning from grassroots leaders, mentors and the people they serve.
For information about clinical pastoral education (CPE), visit: https://www.acpe.edu/ACPE/_Students/FAQ_S.aspx (ACPE).
The student intern minister placement program is supervised by Rev. Tera Klein. If your congregation or organization has an internship opportunity, or if you are a student seeking an internship position, please contact Rev. Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students enrolled in the M.A.S.C. program seeking an internship should contact Rev. Dr. Chris Schelin at email@example.com.