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Internship Guidelines

Before the Internship

  1. Students are responsible for arranging their own internship as they would find any other job.
  2. Students can contact one of the organizations listed on this website, or they can explore other internship opportunities independently.
  3. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
  4. A student may be currently employed in a position, which may also qualify for internship credits.
  5. The University does not provide internship credit for past work experience, and the Faculty Advisor must approve all internships prior to arranging for credit.
     

Internship Criteria

In order to receive university credit, all internship placements must be pre-approved by the Social Sciences department.

  1. The internship job assignment must directly relate to the student’s coursework and concentration and must enhance job-applicable skills relevant to the major.
  2. The internship opportunity must be open to all Social Sciences students; that is the agency, business, or other organization must have inclusive, non-discriminatory hiring practices.
  3. Students may work for faith-based organizations if the focus of their activity is secular, service-oriented and does not involve proselytizing.
     

Required at the Beginning of the Internship

  1. Internship contract for Sociology, Anthropology or Geography. 
  2. Letter from Job Supervisor/Employer:
    Must be signed and on letterhead. The letter needs to verify your internship employment with the business, agency, or organization, describing the work to be done, and stating the number of hours to be worked. 
  3. Approval from Internship Advisor and Department Chair: 
    Submit your internship contract and supervisor letter to the Social Science Department. Meet with your Internship Advisor and the Department Chair for approval and signatures on the contract.
  4. Permission Number: ​​Submit all paperwork to the Department Administrative Assistant who will provide you the course number, class ID, and a permission number so that you can register on PASS.

During the Internship

The student and the job supervisor should keep track of the duties performed and the number of hours completed, as number of hours determines the number of units of credit for the internship.
 

Required on completion of Internship

To receive credit, the student must complete the following either online or via email:

  1. A STUDENT EVALUATION which also includes a reflection about the internship experience: Anthropology & Geography form, Sociology form
  2. A JOB SUPERVISOR/EMPLOYER FORM completed and returned to the Social Sciences Department.
     

Important! These documents must be turned in by finals week in order to receive credit.
 

SUMMARY

 All 4 documents are required by finals week in order to receive a grade:

  1. INTERNSHIP CONTRACT (submitted by student before quarter of internship)
  2. SUPERVISOR LETTER verifying internship employment (submitted by employer before quarter of internship)
  3. EMPLOYER EVALUATION of the intern (submitted by employer by finals week of internship quarter)
  4. STUDENT EVALUATION and reflection about internship (submitted by student by finals week of internship quarter)
     

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