– Source: Sherman, W.H. and Crum, K.S. (2009) Designing the Internship in Educational Leadership as a Transformational Tool for Improved Practice, International Journal of Educational Reform, 18(1), p.64.
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.
You can read more about the Internship by downloading the PDFOverview of the Christ College Internship in the Appendix section at the bottom of this page.
What does our Internship aim to do?
What are the benefits of our Internship?
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.
Interns will be formally assessed in a variety of ways. They include:
Plus other linked assessments that vary in their focus and form from year to year
Free 360 Survey Feedback for PCA Church Leaders!
The Centre for Pastoral Leadership, with Pulse Insights, has created two 360 surveys for the Christ College Internship: one for Interns and another for Church Leaders serving as Coaches. Christ College and Pulse Insights would like to make the Church Leader 360 Survey available to all Church Leaders serving as staff in PCA congregations, under the oversight of their Session. The cost of this survey is fully subsidised by Christ College and Pulse Insights (Church Offices) and is offered to Church Leaders at no financial cost to them or their congregation.
360 feedback has been used to foster leadership development across most industries and most organisational types (corporate, government, not-for-profit and military) since the 1990s. It involves a process for collecting, quantifying, and reporting ratings of an individual’s behaviour and effectiveness from multiple sources. This feedback enables individuals to understand better their impact on others around them, especially those immediately above them (superiors), beside them (team members and peers), and beneath them (those they serve directly and/or indirectly).
This 360 feedback for Church Leaders is designed to promote the personal and professional development of the Church Leader. This process requires the involvement of nominated members of the Church Leader’s Session, ministry team members and/or peers, and wider congregation (including Interns, if present).
For more information about this survey, please download the attached files. To complete a 360 survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
360 Survey Files
Please download the latest application form from this website before submission to Christ College
[PDF] Overview of the Christ College Internship (updated 24/02/20)
[PDF] Internship Policy (updated 24/02/20)
[PDF] Partner Church Application Form (due 30 June)
[PDF] Student Application Form (due 30 November)
Want to find out more?
If you have questions regarding our Internship program, please contact Jonathan Pratt, Director of Internships, at email@example.com.