Internship Opportunities for Religious Studies Students

Stacy Race and Faith Kickoff Event

What can I expect?

Stacy Street, our Religious Studies intern with the Race and Faith Collaborative project (Race and Faith Community Kickoff Event pictured, above), shares her experience:

This internship has offered me much more than I expected. I wanted an opportunity to engage our community in a meaningful way, which certainly has occurred, but I've also participated in ways that I can take outside of Springfield. I've gotten the chance to see the inner workings of nonprofits, meet with city council members and respected clergy in the area, participate with Interfaith Alliances, and coordinate with city leaders to challenge Springfield. I anticipated improving my resume, but more importantly beyond that, I have played a critical role in success of this group's effort to make Springfield a healthier community.

I'd encourage anyone who wants to work as a city leader, community organizer, or nonprofit employee, to consider this internship.

Why pursue an internship?

Internships provide students with the opportunity to directly apply their academic skills (research, writing, presenting, collaborating, critical thinking) and coursework to real-world organizations, businesses and initiatives. The Religious Studies major not only sharpens such specific job skills as listed above, but also facilitates students’ development of cultural competence, ethical leadership and thoughtful community engagement that offer an employer not only a skilled individual, but also a well-rounded and well-informed individual.

Through an internship, students learn more about job skills they are gaining through their Religious Studies major, realize more fully how a degree in Religious Studies qualifies them for meaningful work in the real world and discover more about the career directions they may (or may not) want to pursue. Plus, they will gain valuable work experience to include on your résumé.

An internship can be powerful learning experience and it can accelerate students down the path toward their next steps beyond college.

An internship is not required for a Religious Studies degree, but may qualify for academic credit as Religious Studies elective REL 499.

Please note:

Internships advised by Religious Studies faculty and/or given credit by the Religious Studies department are only available to Religious Studies majors and minors.

Our internships are available to all eligible Religious Studies majors or minors, irrespective of their personal or faith orientation.

As an academic program in a public university, we may not grant academic credit for specifically confessional activities.

Internships offered in Fall 2020:

Ambassadors for Children Internship 

KSMU Radio "Religion Beat" Internship 

Missouri Health Care for All Internship 

Moral Injury Institute Internship 

For a brief description of all of our Fall 2020 Internships, see the flyer here!

Also see other internship opportunities!

Application procedures

Complete and submit the Internship Application by downloading the PDF. You may email the completed application to: or print the application and bring it to the MSU Religious Studies Department in Strong Hall 251.

maroon PDF button Download the application form in PDF format

Download the application form in Word docx format

After reviewing the applications, a member of the Internship Committee will contact you.  Please note internships advised by Religious Studies faculty and/or given credit by the Religious Studies department are only available to Religious Studies majors and minors.

  1. Upon determination of an internship placement, the student and REL faculty internship advisor should complete the necessary paperwork for permission to gain credit for the experience (REL 499 form and Internship Agreement form with the Internship Supervisor). The specific requirements, as well as job/internship description, will vary based on the internship experience and the requirements determined by the faculty advisor, the internship supervisor and the student's objectives. Typically, in addition to the internship experience, the faculty advisor will require an academic project (journal, paper, portfolio, presentation, reading list…) related to the internship experience and the student’s objectives.
  2. At mid-term time, and also upon completion of the internship, the internship supervisor will complete the Student Performance Review.  At the mid-term, the intern will complete a mid-term review of their experience, as well.  The two will meet to discuss their reviews, then sign the forms. The REL internship faculty advisor may be invited to participate in this review, based upon determination of the supervisor, intern and advisor. These appraisal forms will be turned in to the REL internship faculty advisor to be used as part of the determination of the intern's grade, as well as to assist REL Internship Committee in their continued development of a quality REL Internship program.
  3. Basics for the internship:
    - typically, the internship is a 3-credit hour upper division course (REL 499)
    - the internship typically requires at least 120 hours of experience with the placement site (40 hours of work per credit hour)
    - the student must fulfill any application or interview processes required by the placement site.  For instance, some of our internship sites request a resume’ or a writing sample.
    - the student and faculty internship advisor should both keep copies of all completed forms, applications, appraisals, etc.
  4. Reminders:
    - Both the faculty advisor and the internship supervisor must be specifically identified and contribute to the development of the student’s experience (see link above).
    - The job and academic requirements should be as specific and measurable as possible
    - The means of attaining hours should be clearly agreed upon. This will vary depending on the placement site. Some will require specific hours and times per week (i.e. every Tuesday and Thursday 1 – 5), whereas some will have an ebb and flow of activity that should still be monitored to make sure the student is on track for the completion of the required work hours.
    - The student intern position cannot replace the position of a paid employee of the business or organization
    - The internship may or may not be a paid internship, based on the position offered by the employer.
    - Any internship must be available to all eligible REL majors or minors, irrespective of their personal or faith orientation.
    - As an academic program in a public university, we may not grant academic credit for specifically confessional religious activities.
    - An internship may range from 1 – 6 credit hours; however, 3 credit hours per internship is recommended.  Students may earn up to 6 credit hours for internships (i.e. this would likely be two different 3-credit hour internships).  However, only 3 credit hours of internship (REL 499) may count toward fulfillment of REL major or minor requirements. 

Some definitions:

Internship Supervisor: the person at the internship placement site who will supervise, nurture, and review the student's work experience
Internship Committee: Religious Studies faculty members Lora Hobbs, Micki Pulleyking, John Strong
Internship Faculty Advisor: the Religious Studies faculty member working with the student on the internship and on the REL 499 academic course

Forms for Interns:

Monthly Internship Timesheet PDF format

Monthly Internship Timesheet Word docx format

Internship Plan PDF format

Internship Plan Word docx format

REL 499 Application for Internship Credit Form

(REL permission form to register for the class; for student and internship advisor to complete)

Midpoint Internship Review (to be completed by the Student Intern)

Midpoint Student Review (to be completed by the Internship Supervisor)

Final Student Review (to be completed by the Internship Supervisor)

Optimize Your Internship Experience!

Let potential employers know about your internship experience by using a Co-Curricular Transcript.

The Co-Curricular Transcript is an official university document that will showcase a student's "out of the classroom" college experiences. Each experience will be linked to specific learning outcomes to illustrate the transferable skills the student learned through that involvement.

Each student's Co-Curricular Transcript is generated from his or her involvement history on Campus LINK. Where is Campus LINK? Log in to My Missouri State and, in the "Profile" tab, under "Student Engagement," you'll see "Campus LINK." If you need help with this, contact the Office of Student Engagement.

Have an idea for an internship?

The Department of Religious Studies will offer specific internship opportunities as they arise, but students may also initiate an internship that interests them. More information may be found on the MSU Career Services website.