Might Saint Mary’s host an Intern? Yes!
There may be an opportunity for us to host an intern – and that would be exciting!
The vestry approved moving ahead with the opportunity for Saint Mary’s to host an intern in 2020. The assignment process is underway, so we should know soon.
If we are assigned as a host, we will need a team of four (4) from our faith community to serve as an advisory team.
Based on some summary information provided from Reverend Ramona, I have assembled this quick Q &A:
Q: Who might be the intern?
A: a person studying for the priesthood who has finished their 2nd year of study at seminary and/or the ECMN School for Formation to be Episcopal priests.
Q: What background might they have?
A: That could be as varied as the individual, of course, but they will have completed at least two years of study in their program (preaching, teaching, scriptures, liturgy, experiential learning, pastoral care, safe church, anti-racism, etc.).
Q: How does an internship benefit the individual?
A: Interns partner with faith communities to provide hands-on experiential learning for the intern and the faith community
Q: Is this a paid internship?
A: Internships are unpaid. The time with Saint Mary’s is approximately ten (10) hours per week. Interns may preach, teach, assist at worship, assist with liturgy, take on a special project, or other activities. The intern and the faith community enter into an agreement, in advance, that lays out learning objectives and the learning experiences for participation.
Q: When would the intern be in community with us?
A: The time-frame for Internships are from September through May.
Q: Who is the primary and formal mentor for the intern?
A: Reverend Ramona will be the primary, the Field Instructor for the intern. She will provide support, assistance and feedback throughout their learning experience with Saint Mary’s
Q: How does the Saint Mary’s community participate?
A: This is where we need you!
– We need to assemble an advisory team.
– This team will include four (4) people from our faith community who will meet at least once each month.
– The role of the team is to welcome, orient, support, coach, provide feedback, and generally be a resource for the person while they are with us.
If you would like to be part of the advisory team, please let the vestry and Reverend Ramona know!
If you are not as keen to be so committed, that’s okay, you can still help! When you see our intern “in church” (however church may look for us these days) with us, just do what you normally would anyway – welcome them, tell them your story, and offer your feedback on their sermon, the program they lead, anything at all will help their learning.
Might you be interested?
Would you like to for this person’s experience with Saint Mary’s and help to educate one of our future church leaders, one of our priests, who may someday lead one our communities?
I hope so! Please contact Reverend Ramona or one of the Vestry.