Internships and Field Experience
Music & Worship Internship/Residency
Internships/residencies are designed to provide students with in-depth exposure to the full scope of the work of the ministry, both as observer and participant. This is done under direct and joint supervision of the minister in a local church and Cincinnati Christian University, in order to help prepare the minister-in-training for ministry.
Students engaged in preparation for music and worship ministry should grow in these ways:
An internship is a short-term (3- to 7-month, usually) field experience for a student, while still in the midst of his or her course of study. Interns normally return to CCU campus for further coursework after the internship. A residency is a full-year experience after coursework is complete.
Most likely, residents will be looking to go on to located ministry, or perhaps to grad school, after the residency is complete. Both internships and residencies are designed with a view toward local church ministry in the fairly near future.
All music and worship students may do an internship or residency to gain valuable hands-on learning experience as part of their degree requirements.
All students have the option of doing a 2-credit hour internship/residency. This option involves full-time work on the field for 3 months (such as the summer). Students in the Bachelor of Music program may take this as an option for their Senior Music Project (PMW399 02) or as an elective class (PMW395). Worship Ministry students may take this option as the short form of their Internship requirement (the other 7 hours of credit are then professional electives). Register for PMW395.
Worship Ministry students also have the option of doing a 9-credit hour internship/residency, which involves full-time work on the field for 7 or more months. Register for PMW395.
Note: The deadline for registering for an internship or residency is September 15, a semester or more before it is to begin. You must register for Internship Seminar and attend the Orientation Meeting to start the process.
Note: All internships and residencies must be done with a full-time music minister or worship leader serving as field mentor. This program is not designed as a way to get academic credit for doing a job, but is a time to learn about the job from a mentor while trying it hands-on. Direct all questions to Bill Baumgartner, Director of Service Learning; or to Ken Read, Music Internship Supervisor.
Relationships and Responsibilities
The success or failure of an internship/residency depends on the relationship between the intern/resident, the supervising mentor, and the church. Each must carry out an essential part to have success.
Because of the critical nature of these relationships, the College attempts to use great care in the selection of churches and mentors to participate in this program so that the field experience will be the best possible for all. It is also vitally important that the intern/resident enters into the program with a commitment to learn and grow, to respond positively to guidance and suggestions, and to give generously to the assigned responsibilities so that the church will also benefit. Good communication, openness, responsiveness and personal integrity are essential.
Who May Apply?
Students with Junior standing (60 hours or more) and who have demonstrated responsibility and maturity and show a willingness to accept and respond to supervision are eligible to apply for an internship or a residency. Prerequisite classes for the internship/residency for Worship Ministry students are Theory for Worship, Introduction to Ministry, Worship Leadership, 6 hours of applied lessons, and 4 hours of music ensemble credit.
Both the student intern/resident and the mentor/church must be approved by CCU, and deemed ready for the adventure of this experience.
How Do Interns Get Started?
Deadline for all Internships and Residencies – September 15