What is PRIME?
Many schools have internships, but only Huntington University has PRIME, a life-changing extended ministry experience.
PRIME (Practical Research and Immersion for Ministry Effectiveness) is a seven-month, full-time, off-campus ministry internship for senior ministry students. It is part of the required curriculum for all of the Bachelor of Science ministry majors, including Children’s Ministry, Missions, Special Needs Ministry, Worship, and Youth Ministry. Students earn fourteen credit hours for PRIME. Huntington University students have been experiencing PRIME internships for decades, engaging in ministry preparation across the country and around the world. Our graduates point to PRIME as one of the most transformative experiences of their college career and the most significant vocational preparation for their current ministry.
What will I do?
First, you will prepare by taking specific practical ministry courses, as well as foundational courses in Bible, ministry, and theology. Then, your Huntington University faculty will help you connect with a PRIME internship location within the United States or overseas. Your internship mentor will be an experienced ministry leader who will help you develop your unique gifts and abilities as a Christian leader.
For the next seven months, you will serve in full-time ministry alongside your mentor, gradually taking on responsibilities and becoming equipped in your chosen vocation.
Few other programs can offer you the immersive field ministry experience that comes with PRIME. Our grads are prepared for full-time ministry when they graduate because they have already had practice — all under the support and careful supervision of ministry leaders.
Students must complete a PRIME application and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in their major and overall 2.0 GPA to participate in PRIME.
Where will I go?
With the help of Huntington University faculty to find the location and organization that meets your goals. The possibilities are numerous!
Foresters have completed their PRIME experiences in at least 33 countries, 34 states, and the District of Columbia. They have served in churches, large and small, with a variety of backgrounds:
- United Brethren
- Southern Baptist
- Assembly of God
- Church of God
- Evangelical Free
- And more!
The choices of where to work go beyond churches, too. Christian mission, nonprofit, and parachurch organizations have also hosted Foresters.
- Christian schools
- Community services
- Juvenile justice facilities
- Recovery programs