Internships: Traditional Option
This option represents the classical internship model, which provides an opportunity for practical application of theoretical and research issues in approved work situations with faculty supervision, guidance, and evaluation. Choosing from a spectrum of community-based and university-located organizations/departments sharing similar vision to CES, students shall spend a semester working to assist in the application of the mission of CES. Students are to pick from a selected list and arrange placement with faculty advisor.
Taking part in an internship is serious business, as an organization/department will be counting on your services and energy. Each student is expected to work at the internship for no less than 8–10 hours per week, with additional time spent writing journals and meeting with their faculty mentor.
Online Journal: Once a week, students are required to post a 2- to 3-page journal on the bridge. This is an opportunity to think about the week's experiences, in terms of happenings, struggles, powerful learning experiences, critically reflecting on your own work and that of the organization. It should be purely a summarizing of involvement, but encompass an examination of personal participation and organizational efforts. This is also the space to raise questions, problems, or suggestions.
Final Paper: This effort represents the culmination of the experience as a synthesized discussion of the internship experience. Rather than write a paper limited to personal experience, this effort needs to be part personal narrative, part research paper, so that students integrate individual experience within a body of research on the issues/experiences relative to the internship organization.
Self-Evaluation: Upon completion of the internship, students are to write a 3- to 4-page paper that chronicles their own experience, evaluating effort, contribution, and level of participation.
Organizational Evaluation: Upon completion of the internship, students are to write a 2- to 3-page paper that evaluates the organization/department of placement, discussing level of support, experience, and rating the usefulness of internship.
Attendance: Attendance and demonstrating responsibility and respect are required—supervisor from internship will provide an evaluation of student's work as well.
- Meet with faculty advisor to select desired areas/organizations/departments of placement (this needs to take place at least four months in advance of internship).
- Submit proposal to internship coordinator. It is also asked that students write a personal statement explaining experiences, career plans, and desires for internship, as well as resume; this will be sent to desired organization/department in efforts to secure internship.
- In consultation with internship coordinator, contact organization/department to secure placement. While hopefully not necessary, students may have to adjust dependent on availability of placement opportunities.
- In consultation with internship coordinator, solidify details and procedures for upcoming internship. It is crucial that students prepare themselves so that the first week of the internship semester begins smoothly.
- Throughout the semester, students participating in the internship program must spend at minimum 8–10 hours per week at the organization conducting work.
- Every week, students must post a bridge journal (which will be read by the internship coordinator, the student's faculty advisor, and students participating in internship program that semester) that touches upon the happenings during those weeks, as well as a discussion of problems, obstacles, dilemmas, etc. The bridge will serve as the basis of an online dialogue concerning internship experience. At minimum, each student must post 15 times, averaging 2–3 pages per entry.
- Upon the conclusion of the internship, each student is to submit a final paper that will clearly integrate a discussion of the internship experience alongside research. For example, if a student holds an internship with an anti-prison group, this paper would simultaneously address the work of the organization, the student's experiences with and observations about the organization, AND research on the prison system. If a student worked at a WSU multicultural center, they might talk about their work, involvement, and the issues facing students of color at universities (conducted through research).
- Each student must turn in a 3- to 4-page self-evaluation of their own involvement with the internship, specifically discussing effort, fulfillment of responsibilities, and experience; additionally, each student must turn in a 2- to 3-page evaluation of the organization/department housing the internship, providing clear feedback about the support and usefulness of this internship.
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