Taking on a mission placement or ministry internship is about you intentionally exploring your faith in a challenging setting as part of your NEXT experience.  A placement is something we may be able to help you set up with one of our partner organisations, or you may have connections of your own, or your local church setting may offer a supportive environment to get involved in ministry.

WHY DO A PLACEMENT

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your faith is get busy alongside others who are doing some great work in the name of Jesus.  Yet, these experiences can be even more powerful when they are  deliberately reflected upon through structured class times, as well as being focused up with developmental goals and targets. A NEXT placement offers students an action-reflection development opportunity where we create a coordinated relationship between NEXT, a placement organisation and you, the student. Through this three-way partnership, students learn and grow through the provision of:

  • A clearly defined, hands-on, meaningful project or task that the student(s) are able to participate in or take responsibility for
  • Active supervision and support in the placement setting focusing on both project-competence and discipleship/character matters
  • Regular class-based discussion and reflection at NEXT
  • Coordination and interaction between NEXT and placement provider staff to ensure student support and good ministry/missional outcomes
  • Assessment work (such as reflection reports and work journals) administered by NEXT

Placements that provide the best discipleship and formation opportunities will emerge as a genuine partnership between NEXT, the placement organisation and you – offering an challenging yet integrated experience for students.

 


 

WHAT CAN BE AN INTERNSHIP/ PLACEMENT ENTAIL?

Internships / placements might also take a variety of forms, such as:

  • A weekly commitment where interns assist running a program or ministry on a regular basis – for example leading within a youth ministry team or helping with a community-based drop-in centre.
  • A Project-based commitment where interns contribute to the achievement of a particular project or series of projects which result in varying time commitments across the course of the year – for example assisting a team delivery a conference or series of camps.

As such, there are any number of opportunities and organisational settings that could be made available to NEXT students. As an indicative list, placements could involve:

  • Church-based internships
  • Schools work
  • Childrens/Youth ministry
  • Community development
  • Social justice / social engagement /
  • Advocacy
  • Camping ministry

 


 

WHAT PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH NEXT?

The list of options is growing all the time – from year long internships, projects-based work through to a short term mission experience.   To give you an idea, some of the options that may be available in 2016 include:

Placement Providers

 


 

WHAT WILL I ACHIEVE BY DOING A PLACEMENT THROUGH NEXT?

Completing a placement through NEXT contributes an additional Diploma Unit to your award.  So, for example, if you are doing a placement in addition to the CORE subjects, you will complete a total of 5+1 = 6 Diploma units.    The unit you will complete is DP0155W Reflective Practice

DP0155W Reflective Practice – Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
  1. Reflect theologically on their cultural and contextual setting;
  2. Engage in a mission, ministry, community or marketplace setting reflecting the skills and standards of ethical practice required;
  3. Plan, implement and evaluate new activities that reflect integration of theoretical and practical learning;
  4. Engage in supervisorial relationships.

 


 

ARE THERE ANY COSTS OR REMUNERATION INVOLVED IN A PLACEMENT / INTERNSHIP?

Each placement is set up on its own merits and any associated remuneration or costs are worked out as part of establishing the Placement Agreement.  While a variety of arrangements are possible, a placement is normally undertaken in a voluntary capacity and do not provide remuneration.  Placement organisations devote their time, supervision and other resources to you so that you can grow in your discipleship.  You in turn receive the benefits of this support as well as the experience of contributing to this missional or ministry context.

In terms of costs, students should be aware that because a placement achieves another unit toward your Diploma, the normal fees associated with study apply (click here to see fees schedule)

 


 

HOW DO I GO ABOUT SETTING UP A PLACEMENT / INTERNSHIP?

As mentioned, an placement is a three way relationship between yourself, the partner organisation and NEXT.    In broad terms, the way to set up an placement will involve:

  • If your preferred placement provider is one of our Partner Organisations, then contact NEXT first of all, and we can provide you with further detail about the placements available.
  • If you have your own placement provider (such as your local church), then you might want to discuss the option of a placement with them to see what they think about it.  You can download some of the resources below (such as ‘NEXT Placements in Brief’) which will give them some idea of what their commitment would be to a placement.
  • Once we have an initial understanding between your placement provider and NEXT, we can handle the rest of the process through the normal application and enrolment process.

 


 

RESOURCES FOR PLACEMENT PROVIDERS AND SUPERVISORS

  1. NEXT Placements in Brief – a brief description of NEXT placements.
  2. Placement Providers Handbook – a short document that outlines further the expectations you can have of placement students, the expectations of yourself as placement provider and supervisor, and also various ethical and procedural requirements of a placement
  3. Placement Agreement Form – The way we reach a three-way agreement is by using the NEXT Placement Agreement form. While it is a form, the intention is for it to sponsor a conversation primarily between the placement provider and the student, and secondarily us at NEXT, so that everybody is clear on the expectations and preferred outcomes of the placement. For a placement to get secured we will need to receive and sign off on the Placement Agreement Form.
  4. Supervisor’s Confidential Evaluation of Placement and Student Form – Completed at the end of the placement process, this form provides supervisors and placement provider’s with an opportunity to provide feedback on the overall process and student engagement

 


 

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

  1. Unit Description – This document outlines the class including class schedule, administration and assessments.
  2. Placement Proposal Form – use this form if you are in early conversation with each other and need to inform NEXT of you placement plans.  If the NEXT Coordinator is already aware of your placement, then complete the Placement Agreement Form (below)
  3. Placement Agreement Form – The way we reach a three-way agreement is by using the NEXT Placement Agreement form. While it is a form, the intention is for it to sponsor a conversation primarily between the placement provider and the student, and secondarily us at NEXT, so that everybody is clear on the expectations and preferred outcomes of the placement. For a placement to get secured we will need to receive and sign off on the Placement Agreement Form.
  4. Student Evaluation of Supervision Form – Completed at the end of the placement process, this form provides students with the opportunity to provide feedback concerning their experience of supervision and of the overall placement.

 


 

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