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A Clinical Theological Education Chaplain Intern is a seminary student pursuing an accredited unit of field education in the healthcare setting as a requirement of their Masters degree in divinity, theology, or pastoral studies. The intern provides a minimum of 400 hours each semester (fall, spring, and summer) of clinical practicum and coverage that spans over a twelve week period. The intern is a pastoral professional whose primary role is to support and work with the chaplaincy team at the facility they serve. The responsibilities of the intern include assessing spiritual needs and offering appropriate pastoral care to the patient, family or staff involved. The intern will minister to persons of varied religious beliefs, ages, and cultures, assisting patients/families/staff in drawing upon their spiritual resources as an important element of holistic care.

The intern is a chaplain-in-training within the Department of Pastoral Care and reports directly to the Manager of Inpatient Pastoral Care for supervision and oversight. The intern receives administrative oversight from the Manager of Inpatient Pastoral Care for the purpose of onboarding, orientation, continuing education, and performance as a member of the hospital chaplaincy team. The office of supervised ministry or field education at the intern's theological seminary is responsible to render the fulfillment of the field education requirement for an educational credit upon the completion of each semester.

The intern can complete up to 2 consecutive semesters of internship contingent upon an agreement between the Department of Pastoral Care and his/her theological seminary. The intern is given a stipend of $5,000 per semester from the Department of Pastoral Care's account with the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation. The intern assumes the expenses for travel and meals.


1. Enrollment in a Masters degree in Divinity, Theology, or related field from a seminary or graduate school accredited by the

Association of Theological Schools.

2. Completion of the 1st year in the aforementioned degree program.

3. Completion of the course, Introduction to Pastoral Care, or its equivalent prior to or during internship.

4. A completed application and a letter of recommendation from the seminary's office of supervised ministry or field education.

5. Advanced skills in interpersonal communication, including conducting effective pastoral conversations with individuals in crisis.

6. Demonstrated knowledge of the Ethical and Religious Directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, medical

ethics, and issues common to end-of-life decision-making either prior to or during internship.

7. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook, and demonstrated capacity and willingness to learn

new computer programs applicable to position..

About Bon Secours Health System, Inc

Bon Secours Health System in the United States, a Catholic healthcare ministry headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, fulfills its commitment to integrated care delivery in the communities it serves. The system includes 24 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, nine nursing care facilities, along with numerous ambulatory sites, eight assisted living facilities, two retirement communities, home health services, and hospice. BSHSI's more than 28,000 caregivers help people in 15 communities in nine states, primarily on the East Coast.