What is an Internship?

internships

An internship is a semester-long, work-learning arrangement. It can be major-specific or exploratory. When a student earns academic credit for an internship, oversight is provided by both a faculty instructor and a site supervisor. The experience takes place in an off-campus setting, is part-time, and may be paid or unpaid. It is combined with a reflective, academic study that helps one "learn by doing." At Westmont, important elements that distinguish an internship from a short-term job or volunteer work are:

  • An intentional self-directed learning strategy
  • Verbal and written reflection
  • An emphasis on professional development
  • Critical reflection on what it means to integrate faith and learning in the workplace

At Westmont, internships for academic credit are available to students in good standing who are able to arrange for their own transportation. Internships-for-credit are available in both the fall and spring semesters. Hours vary to accommodate the specific requirements of the internship, the student's major and the student's course load.

Units Hours per Week Total Semester Hours
2 6 72
3 9 108
4 12 144

Serving Society

Outside of a service-oriented internship, students have the option of fulfilling the Competent and Compassionate Action area of the GE requirement another way. By enrolling in APP-191SS - Serving Society for zero credits in advance of or at the beginning of the term, a student elects to log a minimum of 12 hours of community service over the course of the semester. Options for service vary widely. Participating organizations (aka "Community Partners") may post opportunities on Job Spot.

APP-191SS requires some reading and written reflection. The student's hours are documented and his or her work is evaluated by the site supervisor. Course requirements include but may not be limited to the following:

  1. Meet with the Service Coordinator for orientation during the first week of classes.
  2. Complete the Preliminary Response sheet.  
  3. Complete the online ILAF by the due date. (The ILAF is not considered complete unless it is approved by a worksite supervisor and Westmont's service coordinator.)
  4. Serve a minimum of twelve hours over the course of the semester at an approved site. Six hours of service must be completed by midterm.
  5. Complete the assigned reading.
  6. Write a Serving Society paper based on the reading assignment.
  7.  Meet with the Service Coordinator at mid-to-late term to discuss the Serving Society paper.
  8. Supervisor submits evaluation and documents service hours.
  9. Supervisor Evaluation-plus-hourly-log is due no later than Tuesday of finals week.

For more information contact Jennifer Taylor, Director of Internships by email at jmtaylor@westmont.edu.