Berkeley students have ample opportunity for internships in a wide variety of church, school, prison, and other ministry settings. In New Haven and other cities within commuting distance, students can find parishes representing every variety of the Episcopal tradition, from inner-city Anglo-Catholic, to traditional low-church, to evangelical, to large suburban “corporate size” churches. Some students choose to do field work in New York City in order to experience the intensity of urban church life. Others choose to do summer internships, either locally or elsewhere in the Episcopal Church or wider Anglican Communion.
All Berkeley MDiv students do a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and a year-long field education internship (or its full-time summer equivalent) through the YDS Supervised Ministry program. Many students choose to do a second full-year internship, either for additional YDS credit or informally. More information is available through the Office of Supervised Ministry.
St. Hilda’s House
In partnership with Christ Church, New Haven, BDS is a sponsor of St. Hilda’s House, a residential young adult discernment program. Interns live in community and work in various service-oriented sites throughout the city, and often join the Berkeley community for worship. This program, which is funded in part through Trinity Church Wall Street, is part of the national Episcopal Service Corps. Several graduates of the program have gone on to seminary, including at Berkeley.