SPRING 2024 SEMESTER – West Cancer Center Chaplaincy Internships

Extended Application Deadline – January 12, 2024

  • Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS), through The Center for Pastoral Wholeness & Chaplaincy Studies (CPWCS), has entered into an agreement with the West Cancer Center (WCC) of Memphis, 7945 Wolf River Blvd, Germantown, TN 38138, to provide 3 chaplain interns per semester.  
  • The intern will work an average of 10 hours per week at WCC (120 hours over the course of the semester), offering care and support for patients through their treatment as instructed and supervised by WCC’s leadership. The starting date for the Spring 2024 Internship is January 22, 2024.
  • Upon successfully completing the internship, students will receive funding for tuition and fees for a three-hour course at MTS, not to exceed $1,920. If the student seeks the internship to fulfill the PC300 Clinical Practicum, the student must register for PC300 by January 12, 2024. The internship is not retroactively eligible for PC300.  If the student is not seeking a Clinical Practicum, they may pursue an independent study (with the approval of the Director of CPWCS and the Academic Dean), or they may use the funding to pay for a course in chaplaincy studies or pastoral care. The Director of CPWCS must approve payment for any other courses beyond these two areas of study.  
  • A student may be eligible for a second internship with the recommendation of WCC’s supervisory leadership and the Director of CPWCS.  Should a second semester be granted, the student will receive additional funding for tuition and fees for a three-hour course at MTS, not to exceed $1,920.     

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any student may apply. Students pursuing the Specialization in Chaplaincy Studies, MDiv or MACM, and DMin students in the pastoral counseling track are given first preference. 
  • 15 Hours of Coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Successful completion of these courses with a minimum grade of B
    • CCS301 Introduction to Chaplaincy Studies OR PC200 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care


  • Applicants will provide proof of satisfactory completion of eligibility requirements and write a 1,500-word essay (12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, double spaced) articulating the desire to pursue the internship and how one understands the ministry of presence, of  “being with” someone as a chaplain without proselytizing.  
  • Application essays will be emailed to Dr. Johnny Jeffords, Director of CPWCS, jljeffords@memphisseminary.edu.  The application deadline is noon, January 12, 2024.  
  • Selected applicants will meet before a committee composed of the Academic Dean at MTS, the Director of CPWCS, and leadership from WCC.  Each candidate must interview with the committee at West Clinic on a date to be determined.
  • The Director of CPWCS will notify recipients of the internship via email.  Interns are required to participate in an orientation session before beginning their internship.
  • Interns will be subject to the procedures of WCC for employees.