Simpson religion majors participate in a variety of experiences during their Simpson Experience. During spring semester 2015, student interns are working with Bloomfield United Methodist Church, UnityPoint Bereavement Services, Trinity United Methodist Church, and an Episcopal congregation near Van Meter. Two spring interns are paid through a grant Simpson received to fund internships at new and/or non-profit internship sites. In the past, religion students have interned at Children and Family Urban Ministries (CFUM), the Iraqi Refugee Resettlement Project, Youth Services of Iowa, Catholic Charities, a variety of local churches, Bidwell-Riverside, and a number of other sites in Des Moines and the surrounding communities. In several cases, a semester-long internship or volunteer experience led to extended summer internships and/or summer jobs.
Many Simpson religion majors pursue graduate education after Simpson. While some students attend theological school to prepare for a wide variety of careers in ministry and service, others attend library school, law school, schools of social work, or pursue public policy degrees. Simpson religion majors are well prepared for graduate school, and each year some of the country’s best graduate programs welcome our majors. In 2012, nine religion majors matriculated at graduate schools, including Boston College, Duke University, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Candler School of Theology, Garrett Evangelical Seminary, and St. Paul School of Theology. In 2013, our graduates volunteered with the Peace Corps (one is serving in Fiji) and AmeriCorps, matriculated at law school in New Hampshire, and started seminary in North Carolina.
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