We’re introducing a new training program that integrates classroom learning and field experience: the Christ College Internship.

What is the Christ College Internship?

The Christ College Internship (Internship) is a structured field experience learning program that integrates with linked classroom units within the Course of Training (COT) to develop our Graduate Attributes.

The Internship is overseen by Christ College, and is delivered through a network of approved Partner Churches and trained Coaches. Theory and practice are integrated every semester by linking classroom theory with planned field projects, and challenging field learning experiences with reflective classroom assessments. This enables Christ College to cultivate the ideal conditions for transformative adult learning and work-ready graduates over the four years of the COT.

What does our Internship aim to do?

We look forward to offering an Internship program that:

  • Satisfies the Course of Training requirements set by the Presbyterian Church of Australia’s General Assembly with respect to field learning
  • Addresses identified Graduate Attributes and Graduate Attribute Descriptors
  • Links field learning to classroom experiences
  • Integrates field learning across the preaching/teaching, leading and pastoral care functions of church leaders
  • Gives flexibility for students in ministry contexts outside the local church, such as missionaries, university campus workers, and chaplains
  • Provides a quality learning experience that adds value to a student’s ministry-readiness and which is well-regarded by churches and other Christian agencies
  • Reflects present best practice in the literature on internships

  • What are the benefits of our Internship?

    For Interns

  • Forms and equips qualified students into effective pastoral leaders who Love God in Christ, Know Self in Christ, Care for People like Christ, Lead God’s Church under Christ, and Preach and Teach Christ from the Scriptures.
  • Based on proven educational frameworks that encourage optimal transformative adult learning
  • Formal integration of classroom and field assessments through Christ College’s Graduate Attributes and Graduate Attribute Descriptors
  • Formal curriculum structured around church-based projects designed to satisfy assigned learning objectives
  • Qualified network of Partner Churches and trained Coaches
  • Field learning that is assessed formally every semester through multi-source evaluations
  • Experience of church leadership in action, including observation of, and participation in, ordinary Session and staff meetings
  • For Churches

  • Better formation of future pastoral leaders
  • Student experience structured by the College in partnership with the church
  • Student allowances funded by the College
  • Church-funded Continuing Professional Development for Coaches

  • What does the internship look like?


    Approved Candidates for the Ministry in the Presbyterian Church of Australia (Candidates) will automatically qualify for the Internship after completion of the first year of the Course of Training. It is important that anyone wishing to become a Candidate start the application process before or as soon as they commence study at Christ College. Candidates should make arrangements to speak with the Academic Registrar and Director of Internships regarding the process. Students who are not Candidates are eligible to apply for entry after the completion of the first year of the Course of Training (with an average unit score of a credit or above). They will undergo a separate application process attesting to their character, competence and ‘call’ for pastoral leadership.


    The Internship requires 10 hours per week for 40 weeks over three years. Each Internship year has a distinctive project comprised of multiple parts, all of which are linked to specific Graduate Attribute Descriptors over the page. Linked classroom units will be undertaken prior to each Internship year, or as co-requisites, and provide theoretical frameworks and practical tools for field projects.

    Formal Assessment

    Interns will be formally assessed in a variety of ways. They include:
    Each semester:

  • Oral presentations that link field learning to classroom assessments and foster the development of student learning communities (during scheduled Retreats at the end of each semester)
  • Each year:

  • A custom-designed multi-source/360-degree survey designed to assess Graduate Attribute Descriptors (middle of each year)
  • Reports given by Faculty on the progress made by each Intern against the six Graduate Attributes (end of each year)
  • Plus other linked assessments that vary in their focus and form from year to year


    Please download the latest application form from this website before submission to Christ College
    Internship Policy
    Partner Church Application Form (due 30 June 2019)
    Student Application Form (due 30 November 2019)

    Want to find out more?

    If you have questions regarding our Internship program, please contact Jonathan Pratt, Director of Internships, at jpratt@christcollege.edu.au.