FE2: Chaplaincy Internships

A chaplain provides for the diverse pastoral needs in such institutions as hospitals, hospice or senior care contexts, or correctional institutions. Specifically, the chaplain assists those connected with such institutions to understand more fully life's events as they relate to their spiritual and emotional well being. The chaplain may offer prayer or reflection, or be quietly present with a person.

*These chaplaincy internships are not CPE internships.

Applying for Chaplaincy

Application Process for Hospital, Hospice, Senior Care, and Correctional Institution Chaplaincies

You must submit your Student Application by Friday of the 8th week of the the quarter prior to the start of your internship to feapps@fuller.edu. No late applications will be accepted.

If you are interested in a CPE internship please click here.

Before enrolling in any chaplaincy internship, you must have your internship approved.*

  1. Contact and submit an application to the chaplaincy site where you would like to serve. (Click here for a list of available sites in your area.)
  2. Interview with the site chaplain and receive initial approval for the internship.
  3. Submit a Student Application by email to feapps@fuller.edu.
  4. After your application is submitted, your Field Education Advisor will set up a meeting with you.
  5. Your Field Education Advisor will email a Course Approval Notification to the Advising Office (with a copy to you) upon the final approval of your internship.
  6. The Field Education and Ministry Formation Office will give you the necessary CRN to register on Portico.

*Allow 6-8 weeks for the application approval process of chaplaincy internships.

Note: Hospital, Hospice, and Senior Care chaplaincies require a tuberculosis (TB) test before you are allowed to start your internship. Check with your internship site for the timing and location of this test, and start the process early.

Chaplaincy Locations

Hospitals:
Pasadena and California Coast campuses:

  • Children's Hospital of Orange County: 455 South Main Street, Orange, CA 92868. Contact: Chaplain Norman Jeune at 714.509.9228
  • Glendale Adventist Medical Center: 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale, CA 91206. Contact: Chaplain Al Garcilazo by phone, 818.409.8008, or email garcilav@ah.org.
  • Providence Holy Cross Medical: 15031 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills, CA 91345.
  • St. Joseph Medical Center: 501 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91505. Contact: Phillip Kiehl by phone, 818-847-4692, or fax application to 818-847-4607.

Texas campus:

  • The Methodist Hospital: 6565 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030. Contact: Chaplain Bob Kidd at 713.441.7491.
  • Methodist West Houston Hospital: 18500 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77094. Contact: Chaplain Craig Bradley at 832.522.0013.

Hospices:
Pasadena and California Coast campuses:

  • Roze Room Hospice. Contact: Marcia Ortiz at 818.783.1002.
  • Mission Hospice. Contact: Joan Muraskin at 626.799.2727.
  • VITAS Hospice Chaplaincy (SUMMER ONLY): 1343 N. Grand, Covina, CA 91724. Contact: Mary Ann Mendoza at 626.918.2273.

Correctional Institution Internships:
Northern California campus:

  • Elmwood Correctional Center for Men: Milpitas, California. Contact: Chaplain David Robinson (CIC Ministries) at 408.586.5643.
  • Elmwood Correctional Center for Women: Milpitas, California. Contact: Chaplain Louann Roberts (CIC Ministries) at 408.586.5658.

Northwest campus:

  • King County Jail: Seattle, WA. Contact: Chaplain Dorothy Boehm at 206.362.4790.

Senior Care Internship:
Northwest campus:

  • Providence Marianwood: Issaquah, WA. Contact: Rev. Johann Neethling at 425.427.0194.

FE546: Hospital Internship

This FE2 internship is designed to provide experience of pastoral care in the hospital setting, under the direct supervision of an experienced hospital spiritual care provider.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore attitudes about disease, pain, suffering, psychic dysfunction, separation from family, and death and dying
  • Develop skills in the visitation of patients and in relating to hospital staff
  • Sharpen abilities to reflect theologically in connection with personal encounters in the hospital setting
  • Participate in leading worship or devotional programs as scheduled

Read through the FE546 Expanded Course Description for a detailed description of the course.

Course Assignments:

  • At least 10 hours per week for ten weeks in a hospital setting
  • Specific internship responsibilities agreed upon by you, your supervisor, and Field Education
  • One hour per week of supervision and ministry reflection with an experienced and certified hospital chaplain
  • Four verbatim case studies and one book review
  • Meeting with Field Education Advisor during Week Five for a progress report on the internship
  • Final evaluations from you and your supervisor

Ready to Apply?

To apply for a Hospital Internship, click here.

FE548: Hospice Internship

This FE2 internship is designed to provide experience of pastoral care in the hospice setting, under the direct supervision of an experienced hospice spiritual care provider.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore attitudes about dying, disease, pain, suffering, spirituality, and religion at the end of life
  • Learn the hospice philosophy of palliative care
  • Develop skills in visitation and spiritual assessment within home and health care facility contexts
  • Sharpen abilities to reflect theologically in connection with patient care needs and concerns
  • Participate in grief support settings, memorial services, and other rituals as available

Read through the FE548 Expanded Course Description for a detailed description of the course.

Course Assignments:

  • At least 10 hours per week for ten weeks in hospice-related settings (homes, skilled nursing settings, office)
  • Specific internship responsibilities agreed upon by you, your supervisor, and Field Education
  • One hour per week of supervision and ministry reflection with an experienced and certified hospice chaplain
  • Four verbatim case studies and one book review
  • Meeting with Field Education Advisor during Week Five for a progress report on the internship
  • Final evaluations from you and your supervisor

Ready to Apply?

To apply for a Hospice Internship, click here.

FE556: Correctional Institution Internship

This FE2 internship is designed to provide experience as a chaplain in a correctional institutional setting such as a prison or a jail.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe an experienced chaplain in a correctional institutional setting
  • Develop their own skills in ministry to inmates/wards and correctional staff
  • Evaluate values and attitudes toward incarcerated persons
  • Sharpen their ability to reflect theologically in this setting

Read through the FE556 Expanded Course Description for a detailed description of the course.

Course Assignments:

  • At least 10 hours per week for ten weeks in the institutional setting
  • Specific internship responsibilities agreed upon by you, your supervisor, and Field Education
  • One hour per week of supervision and ministry reflection with an experienced and certified correctional chaplain
  • Four verbatim case studies and one book review
  • Meeting with Field Education Advisor during Week Five for a progress report on the internship
  • Final evaluations from you and your supervisor

Ready to Apply?

To apply for a Correctional Institution Internship, click here.

FE567: Senior Care Internship

This FE2 internship is designed to an experience of pastoral care for senior adults, under the direct supervision of an experienced chaplain or pastor to senior adults.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore issues seniors face after retirement, including how to continue leading an active life, and concerns about spirituality and religion, illness, death and dying
  • Develop skills in visitation and spiritual assessment within home and health care facility contexts
  • Sharpen abilities to reflect theologically in connection with issues related to aging
  • Participate in grief support and memorial services if needed

Read through the FE567 Expanded Course Description for a detailed description of the course.

Course Assignments:

  • At least 10 hours per week for ten weeks in settings such as senior care facilities or skilled nursing settings.
  • Specific internship responsibilities agreed upon by you, your supervisor, and Field Education
  • One hour per week of supervision and ministry reflection with an experienced and certified senior care chaplain
  • Four verbatim case studies and one book review
  • Meeting with Field Education Advisor during Week Five for a progress report on the internship
  • Final evaluations from you and your supervisor

Ready to Apply?

To apply for a Senior Care Internship, click here.

Ready to Apply?

To apply for a FE2 Chaplaincy Internship, click here.