(1) Grant the student identity as a ministering person and allow her/him to explore a broad range of ministerial experiences under the School of Divinity's guidance, for a minimum of 200 hours (ca. 40 hours per week in the summer internship format or ca. 8-10 hours per week in the academic year format);
(2) Develop and use a Learning/Ministering Covenant to establish clear goals for the student, the mentor, and the setting;
(3) Participate in weekly one hour mentoring dialogues with the student and provide fair and constructive mid-term and final year evaluations;
(4) For new site mentors, meet individually with the Director of the Art of Ministry before the beginning of the summer or fall semester to determine interest in and suitability for an internship placement;
(5) Participate in an orientation event provided by the Art of Ministry Program (ordinarily scheduled in May and August) in the first year of a ministry site’s participation in the internship program, and once every three years a ministry site hosts a student intern;
(6) Comply with the legal requirements set out in this covenant.
Students can exercise leadership in a number of areas, depending on the type of ministry setting in which they are working. In congregational ministry placements, students can provide leadership in the areas of liturgy and worship, administration, pastoral care, religious education, mission and outreach, etc. In chaplaincy settings, students can provide leadership in the areas of pastoral care, liturgy and worship, program development and administration, institutional leadership, etc. In nonprofit ministry settings, students can provide leadership in the areas of administration, program development, fundraising, volunteer development, pastoral care, etc.
Please note that ONLY ONE student intern will ordinarily be assigned to a ministry setting each year.
We are interested in creating partnerships with congregations and other local organizations to subsidize the cost of the $3500 stipend, at any level, from $500 to the full $3500, with the School of Divinity providing the balance.
Organizations that partner with the School of Divinity can create an advertisement for an internship position that will be included in the summer internship application, which goes to students in mid-January.
Organizations that cannot provide financial support for students are still eligible to participate in the summer internship program.
(2) The program provided for the students will in all respects treat the students as the Organization’s own and not as agents of or acting on behalf of Wake Forest University. The named organization will comply with all laws and regulations relating to the activities of the students participating in the program. It will ensure that the students are covered by motor vehicle insurance and any other applicable insurance programs. The Organization will indemnify and hold Wake Forest University harmless from any liability or claim, including defense costs, relating to activities of the students undertaken in connection with programs of the named organization.
Online training modules for summer internship placements will be provided in April of each year and will need to be completed before the beginning of the summer internship placement.
Veteran mentors must participate in a training session once every four years.