Jesus intended for his disciples to become faithful, skilled and brave - in fact their lives became an adventure in the service of the kingdom of God. He taught them how to serve alongside him, showed them how to live, and then sent them out.  Like an apprenticeship in Christian ministry, mentored internships fit well with the way that Jesus grew His disciples - learning skills, watching and practicing, being encouraged and corrected, and growing into a whole new realm of service. Bishopdale Internships, in partnership with Laidlaw College, provide an excellent and rewarding way to explore ministry further, gain experience and training, all within an NZQA accredited framework. 


Interns complete a one-year Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS), majoring in Christian Leadership. This is a full-year course with two semesters; we do not offer a mid-year intake. Each week, students complete fifteen hours of supervised ministry, spend five hours in supervision, mentoring and reflection, and complete another twenty hours of theological and biblical study in order to develop foundations that will support effective, sustainable ministry.

This is a standalone qualification equivalent to the first year of a Degree programme, and students can continue into the Bachelor of Ministries – requiring two additional years of study - with further internship options upon successful completion of the DipCS. Students may be based in Nelson, or outside Nelson by arrangement.


As an NZQA-accredited institution through our partnership with Laidlaw College, you can apply for student loans, student allowance, and also qualify for Fees Free Study in your first year of tertiary education.

As an educational institution that is also part of the Anglican Diocese of Nelson, in 2019 some funding is available for paid internship positions for suitable students of an Anglican affiliation. This funding will be in the form of a paid internship in a church, community or missional setting in Nelson, from the start of February, until the end of November. At the discretion of the Bishopdale staff, some scholarships may be made available to students who are not Anglican, depending on the student intake.

Students may also be eligible for other scholarships, or financial support, from their home denomination - we are happy to provide any documentation required.

Download the forms here: applications are now being processed on a case by case basis.

Full Enrolment Packet:                     Word   /    PDF

Individual Enrolment Form:       Word   /    PDF

Referee Form:                               Word /    PDF