Westmont's Internship Program 2014-2015

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Earn academic credit for an elective internship during fall semester 2014

  • Do you have room in your schedule to gain some work-related experience?
  • Do you want to increase your chances of finding employment after graduating?
  • Does your resume need a professional boost?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are encouraged to enroll in one of two elective internship seminars scheduled for fall semester 2014.

  1. APP-190-1 (Elective internship for 2, 3, or 4 units)
  2. APP-190SS-1 (Service Internship for 2, 3, or 4 units)* Fulfills Serving Society GE

To earn academic credit for an elective internship, you must be concurrently enrolled in one of the above courses. The classes will meet on Tuesday afternoons at 3:15 p.m. You do not yet need to know the specific work or service you will be doing . Information will be going out to enrolled students soon, so the earlier you enroll, the better. By enrolling now, you put yourself in a position to save yourself a seat in class and receive information to give you a jump start on your internship search.

When enrolling on WebAdvisor, you will need to enter the number of intended units for your internship. To do so, estimate the number of hours you intend to give to your internship site.Scroll down to the chart below to help with planning.

Once you have enrolled, the next step will be to find a local (Santa Barbara) internship or service site.

Deadline for Fall 2014 Internship Registration

Students planning to do a fall internship or major practicum for academic credit need to secure it by Thursday, September 11, 2014. This means the ILAF must be submitted by 3:30pm on Friday, September 12, 2014. Keep in mind that practicum instructors have the discretion to change the deadline to an earlier date.

Note: You must wait 24 hours after enrolling in an internship/practicum course to complete the final step: submitting the ILAF (Internship Learning Agreement Form)

See information below and to the left.

 

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Undergraduate years present an excellent opportunity to explore work options. By participating in an internship, a student may test classroom theories in a real work setting, assess personal strengths, hone personal skills, and begin a network of employer contacts. An additional benefit is that employers and graduate schools look for applicants with career-related work experiences.

Review of Westmont’s Internship Program

Students planning to earn credit for an internship are required to take a concurrent course. The seminar style courses offer practical application of academic theories and develop civic, social, and vocational skills. When a student earns major credit for an internship, the experience is called a practicum. When a student takes the elective internship course (APP-190 or APP-190SS) the experience is called an internship. The following departments schedule practicum courses on a regular or semi-regular basis:

Department

Instructor

Department

Instructor

Biology

Horvath

Spanish

Docter

Communication Studies

Stern

Political Science

Knecht

Economics & Business

Ifland

Psychology

Gurney/Rogers

Elective Internships

Taylor

Religious Studies

TBD

Kinesiology

Milner

Sociology

TBD

It should also be noted that some unrepresented departments have built practical components into their major programs. Art, education, music, and theater majors are examples of this. Natural science departments (biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science) offer some specific research opportunities.

The student should enter the number of units he/she intends to earn on WebAdvisor. Otherwise the default is “1 unit.” For planning purposes, please use this chart:

Note the adjusted minimum number of on-site hours required per unit earned:

Units

Approx Hours/Week

Semester Total

2

6

72

3

9

108

4

12

144

(When holidays, breaks, and final exams are taken into account, approximately 12 weeks are left over for an internship or practicum.)

How should a student search for an internship or volunteer service site?
Are you familiar with WestmontLink? We are now using this search engine for both jobs and internships. Once you are registered, you may chose “internships” as your selected position type. The best way to find an internship, however, is through your personal connections. The internship department has records of last year's intern and volunteer service placements. These records are available to you at your request.

Please feel free to contact a current student or recent graduate for feedback if you want to explore the possibility of an internship at one of the listed sites. Keep in mind that not all of these sites will be available as some of them have specific restrictions or requirements. This is to give you an idea of the kinds of opportunities that exist in the Santa Barbara area.

To apply for internships, you should have an updated resume ready to go and some tips for successful interviewing. The Office of Life Planning (OLP) enthusiastically offers help for these career services. Contact olp@westmont.edu or call 805-565-6031 to set up an appointment.

Once you have secured your internship site, you may proceed to the final step. Note: You must wait 24 hours after enrolling in an internship/practicum course to complete the final step: submitting the ILAF. This only takes a minute. Make sure you have contact information for your internship site at close hand.
To secure approval from all relevant parties, follow these instructions to launch your ILAF:

  1. Click on On-line Internship Agreement (ILAF).
  2. Complete and submit the online ILAF. Be sure to enter your supervisor's email address correctly.
  3. Immediately let your site supervisor know to check his/her email inbox. The subject line will read: "(Student’s Name) Requires Internship Approval."

You will receive an email once the process has been completed.

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