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About Internships

Carey offers NZQA-accredited programmes which allow you to complete a ministry placement or internship alongside theological and biblical courses.  You can study from wherever you are based, receive structured mentoring/coaching through a ministry supervisor and Carey tutor, and be awarded credits towards your qualification for your ministry experience. Field education and contextual theological praxis courses form the basis of your internship.

Whether you are training for pastoral leadership or just starting out on your theological journey, we want to support you to become a reflective practitioner wherever you are called.

To find out more about how your ministry setting can form the basis of your internship, for help in finding an internship placement, or for any internship and field education queries contact Rachel Roche.

Rachel Roche

Our internships are based on the reading-action-reflection model. This strives for a mutual enrichment of study and ministry to shape imaginative servants who will embody redemptive Christian leadership in their communities.

Rachel Roche, Internships Co-ordinator

NZ Certificate in Christian Studies

The New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies allows you to augment your ministry work in this one semester full-time programme (part-time options available). It is designed so that you can study alongside your internship or ministry placement, gaining valuable experience while reflecting on ‘real’ situations and applying important learning. Specialisations in child and family ministry, youth ministry and sport chaplaincy are also available.

Youth Ministry Discovery Internship

The Youth Ministry Discovery Internship is a one year part-time programme designed to help you gain foundational knowledge and skills for ministry while based in your home church.  You will interact with other interns around the country, receive supervision and mentoring, and get an initial theological qualification to support your work with youth.

Upon successful completion of this programme you be awarded the NZQA-accredited New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5).

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Children and Family Internship

The Children and Family Internship will equip you as a thoughtful, passionate and reflective leader integrating your head, heart and hands for the sake of the church.  Normally completed over two years, you will complete up to half your qualification in your ministry setting, while attending block courses at Carey in the area of child and family ministry.

Upon successful completion of this programme you be awarded the NZQA-accredited New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5).

Sports Chaplaincy Internship

The Sports Chaplaincy Internship enables you to combine your passion for the game and people with a strong and robust theological foundation.  The internship is a partnership between Sports Chaplaincy New Zealand and Carey and offers you the best of both theological education and sport ministry.  This equips you to better navigate the complexities of pastoral care and mentoring within your sport.

Upon successful completion of this programme you be awarded the NZQA-accredited New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5).

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“The internship I completed as part of my study at Carey made a huge difference to my life. I now have a better understanding of how a church works, and what it looks like to run a ministry. The internship has given me the time and knowledge I have needed to find out what I am called to.”

– Elisha Harley, Graduate, Certificate in Christian Studies (Youth)

“At Carey we believe that the God of mission is at work in the world by the Spirit to renew people and places in Christ. Our calling is to equip Christian leaders with the convictions, competencies, and capacity to participate in that mission, bringing gospel renewal in churches and communities across Aotearoa and around the world.”

– John Tucker, Principal