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:
1. Spiritual development. A deepened relationship with Jesus Christ.
2. Character development. Clearer reflection of Christ’s character.
3. Interpersonal communication. Effective expression of the Good News to others.
4. Ministerial skills. Helpful service to diverse needs of many people.
5. Practical application. Competent administration of various duties.


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 or Bachelor of Science in Music program may take this as an elective class (MUWM 390). 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 MUWM 390

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 MUWM 390

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.


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.


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 2 and Musicianship 2, 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.


1. All applicants must submit to the office of the Director of Internships the completed Application Form and the Statement of Intention.
Deadline for all Internships and Residencies – September 15
2. The student MUST register for Internship Seminar and attend one of the Orientation meetings in the Fall. (MUWM 390)
3. The intern should have the Director of Internships match him or her with a congregation.
a. The intern may have a mentor he/she would be interested in working under, OR
b. The Music & Worship Faculty Internship Director has contact with several churches who are interested in music interns, OR
c. A church may request a particular student by means of an application/interview process or through previous relationship.