The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life offers year long internships to Candler School of Theology students who are interested in campus ministry and college chaplaincy. Interns are generally assigned to a specific aspect or program of Religious Life. Over the last five years, the office has had more than forty interns, with many of them now working in higher education in some capacity.

Current Programs include:

  • Beloved Community: A Christian worship service affirming hospitality, inclusion, and justice. Worship is ecumenical and planned specifically for the campus setting.
  • Breathe: Stillness in the busy-ness. Interns plan and execute spiritual space where students, faculty, and staff gather as a community of compassion offering hope through music, reflection, and silence.
  • Inter-Religious Council (IRC): IRC is comprised of undergraduate students and creates space to build relationships while engaging in inter-religious dialogue.
  • Journeys of Reconciliation: An immersion travel experience that focuses on learning about conflict, peace, compassion, and justice while exploring the landscape of the communities we visit and hearing the stories of people we meet.
  • Unexpected ^U: Interns plan and execute space where undergraduate students can explore the deep connections between religion and spirituality as they inform practices of justice.

Through working with the programs interns have the opportunity to:

  • Develop leadership capacities and skills in the areas of religion and higher education.
  • Cultivate skills in facilitating conversation centered on difference.
  • Work collaboratively with teams from OSRL and other offices and divisions within the University.
  • Explore practices of non-clinical pastoral caregiving across traditions.
  • Write and lead curriculum for student programming that seeks to strengthen group identity with one's religious tradition and cultivate inter-religious relationships.

For more information or to apply for an internship, contact Rev. Kevin Crawford at or 404-727-4449.

2017-2018 Contextual Education II Interns


Jacob DeBoer is a third year MDiv student. When not in school he spends his time hiking, binge watching TV shows with his wife (Suits, Stranger Things, and West World to name a few), and crafting tasty dishes in the kitchen.

"My first semester with the OSRL has been a great learning experience. I have worked primarily with Beloved Community Worship, our weekly Protestant worship service at Canon Chapel. It has been great to work with our team as we envision this experience for our community. I have also had the pleasure of developing and recording several podcasts with Assistant Chaplain, Rev. Kevin Crawford. As I look forward to next semester, I am excited to continue my work in both of these settings while also joining in conversations and learning with our Inter-religious Council."
Haley Lerner is a second year MDiv student at Candler School of Theology from Harleysville, PA, a town just outside of Philadelphia. She loves rock climbing!
"I originally chose the OSRL as my Con Ed II site because I wanted to be in an intentionally diverse and multi-faith environment. My experiences this past semester working with this office has, however, confirmed my vocational desire to work in higher education as a chaplain. I love working with the incredible students at Emory University and want to continue to create spaces where people are able to authentically express their religious beliefs and personal truths."