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

Internships and Research: CAS 497, CES 498, FOR_LANG 495


Internship: Skills, Training, Development, Personal Growth.What Is An Internship?

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

It is structured and supervised professional experience, within an approved agency, for which a student earns academic credit. It is guided by learning goals and supervised by both academic and agency personnel.”

Paid vs. Unpaid

Some internships are paid and some are unpaid. It all depends on what the employer is willing and able to offer. The recent court ruling regarding internship states that interns must be the primary beneficiary if it is an unpaid experience at a for-profit company. Furthermore, the intern cannot be displacing a regular employee.

Benefits of an Internship

To the Student:

  • Opportunity to work in career related or professional environment
  • Provide career awareness for the students
  • Give the students the chance to evaluate, reflect upon and try a career field• contributes to the student’s personal and professional development through
    challenging work assignments
  • Provide valuable experience that helps secure future employment
  • Provide professional networking contacts
  • Help the student develop job search skills
  • Develop self-confidence as they identify skills, abilities and talents.

To the Employer:

  • Strengthen ties to alumni and the community
  • Give the employer access to quality candidates
  • Students contribute new energy and ideas to the work place.
  • Scheduling can be flexible to meet the employer’s needs

Internships offered through the SLCR

Cross-Disciplinary Arts & Sciences: CAS 497:  See webpage for info
Comparative Ethnic Studies:  CES 498:  See webpage for info
Foreign Languages & Cultures:  FOR_LANG 495: See webpage for info