Several of our ministry degree programs as well as our
counseling program require students to engage in a mentored field ministry or internship
experience as part of the program requirements. For this reason, we would encourage you start thinking
about this early on in your studies at Western Seminary.
For those who will be looking for a mentored
field ministry opportunity, it is important to keep this in mind as you select a
local church to attend. If you are hoping to work at a church while completing your education, feel
free to check out our placement
website. If you would like to know which churches have historically
worked with Western to fulfill this requirement, feel free to contact Terry Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each student in our Master of Arts in Counseling program must complete a minimum
of 5 semesters of internship. Our program does not recommend waiting for the internship
until your last year. Rather, by beginning in either your second or third semester
of the program, you’ll have the opportunity
to develop your skills while still being involved in the classroom experience. Students
will have the opportunity to capitalize on positive relationships built between Western and a variety
of local counseling sites. These sites include independent counseling offices, community mental
health, drug addiction recovery centers, and many more. Students also have the flexibility to seek
out their own internship site, should they wish to pursue something specific that is not represented
in our current relationships. Once you have entered the program, the Administrative Assistant for
the Counseling Department will provide you with more information about securing an internship site.