Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect?
Each PCJC Church runs a unique student internship program. Your weekly routine will vary depending on the ministry season and needs of the specific congregation. On average, each PCJC intern is asked to:
- Commit to 40 hours per week (25% around weekend service times and 75% onsite for ministry and development meetings).
- Engage in weekly strategy meetings with your ministry team and/or staff partners.
- Gain practical ministry experience through tasks and projects that provide maximum impact to those we serve.
- Grow your skills through weekly teaching and coaching from mentors and experts.
- Be an integral part of the team.
- Take part in monthly learning and development sessions organized by the executive team.
What are the minimum requirements for applying to the program?
Internship applications may be submitted by current college or graduate students. We ask that interns demonstrate a lifestyle that reflects Christ and affirm an alignment to the PCJC beliefs and values. As with any key volunteer or staff member at conference churches, all applicants must pass a criminal background check and pastoral screening before being accepted into the internship.
Do you offer programs for those who are no longer students, but want to gain practical ministry experience?
If you feel called to transition from the marketplace to ministry, or if you have recently graduated with a master’s-level degree, you may be eligible to participate in a Pastoral Leadership Experience. These customized experiences are available to those who have demonstrated an aptitude for leadership and possess transferable leadership or pastoral skills.
Where are the PCJC Churches located?
The internship opportunities are located in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and San Francisco Bay Area.
What’s the typical length of an internship?
10 weeks beginning June 1, 2017.
Can I extend my internship into the next season?
Each internship opportunity will end with an evaluation determining recommended steps for continued leadership development.
Are both part-time and full-time internships available?
Internships for those under 18 are available part-time.
Will I receive payment or benefits?
Internships are paid but benefits aren’t offered to interns, you will gain valuable firsthand experience in a career field you’re passionate about, and you may ask your supervisor to write you a letter of recommendation upon completion of your internship experience.
Are housing and transportation offered?
No. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation and finding their own lodging.
How do I earn college credit?
Since the requirements at each school are unique, you are responsible for ensuring that the internship meets the needs of your college’s program. We will work with your institution to determine the viability of our program in meeting the requirements of your degree prior to your acceptance.
Can I work while participating in the internship?
Since internships are 40 hours and paid, there will be no opportunity to work outside the church.
Are there any job guarantees after I complete my internship?
A completed internship does not guarantee any future paid staff positions at the church or PCJC. At the completion of your internship, you are welcomed to discuss possible open positions in your field with your supervisor.
What standards am I expected to uphold?
An intern should reflect a life that is in submission to Christ and under the authority of Scripture. We ask that all interns read and affirm our church’s beliefs and values. In addition, all volunteer leaders, interns, and staff must be able to affirm the expectations in the Leadership Covenant.