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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

CAS 497: Internship

Internship proposal form (Word doc)

Internship description form (Word doc)

Contact Info

Laurie Heustis
Academic Program Manager & Advisor
Daggy Hall 201
Walk-in advising hours: 8:00–9:00 a.m.

Course Description

The course provides students with an opportunity to obtain academic credit for experiential activities as a paid or unpaid intern in business, education, non-profit, industry, or government organizations.

This is a variable credit course (2-16 credits). It may be repeated for credit, with a maximum of 16 hours. Students must have junior standing. A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the major degree program.

The goal of the internship program is to provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in professional work environments related to their work and career interests. However, making a solid connection from a student’s theoretical/academic foundation to other aspects of their life, such as employment and careers, is extremely important and gives more meaning to both areas of endeavor.  Apart from the hours spent working as an intern, assignments in this course are designed to allow students to explore and define this relationship by reflecting and analyzing the experience, leading to conclusions that will make their academic and pre-professional training meaningful and productive.

The internship course is open to students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) working toward a cross-disciplinary degree (BA in Humanities, BA in Social Sciences, or Bachelor of Science), with coordinator’s permission. Other students pursuing programs in the college that may not have internship courses of their own, or students who want to pursue an internship in another discipline, may submit a request to be admitted into a special section of the course, with instructor’s permission. This student will work with a faculty supervisor from their major, who will write up and sign the learning agreement and award the final grade. All students will work with an on-site internship supervisor who must submit an intern evaluation to the course supervisor at the end of the program, as part of the course requirements. In all cases, students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative WSU GPA.

Program Learning Goals
  1. To expose students to a thorough and integrated study of social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, the arts, life and physical sciences, and other related disciplines as appropriate to the degree pursued, that will allow them to develop a deep, broad, diverse, and transdisciplinary perspective and understanding.
  2. To expose students to a diversity of ways to Integrate and synthesize knowledge from multiple sources.
  3. To help students develop means of expressing concepts, propositions, and beliefs in coherent, concise and technically correct forms appropriate to their personal and professional goals.
  4. To help students think, react, and work in imaginative ways stimulated by a higher degree of disciplinary synergies that will promote transdisciplinary innovation, and divergent thinking.

Procedures for Enrollment and Proposal Guidelines

  1. Talk to your Humanities, Social Science, Science, or major department advisor about how CAS 497 fits into your degree plan.
  2. Find an Internship.
  3. The student must set up the internship with the coordinator prior to the beginning of the activity. Internships must be identified and obtained by the student, with the coordinator’s After the set-up is completed, all course interaction, content delivery, and assignments will be conducted online through the course Blackboard Learn page at the website listed above. If you are having trouble accessing your Blackboard Learn account, contact ITS at 509-335-4357. Both the Internship Proposal Form and Internship Description Form MUST be submitted prior to enrollment in the CAS 497 Internship course.
    • Fill out both documents linked above.
    • If you have trouble downloading the document, email Laurie Heustis and she will send you the forms.
    • Both documents must be emailed to the coordinator by the first Friday of the semester for you to be enrolled in the course. Submit them to the email address listed above.
  4. Course instructor will enroll you in your requested credits.