Internships & Serving Society
Fall semester starts on Monday August 31st. Employers and Community Partners may post Internships and volunteer service on Westmont's Job Spot. You may both register and post on your first visit. The application will serve as a guide so you know what information we need. Internship and volunteer service opportunities are approved on a case by case basis.
For more information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Taylor, Director of Internships (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How does an employer get involved?
How does a Westmont student earn academic credit for a fall or spring semester internship? And, how do you as a community partner get involved? Let's start with a definition of an academic internship.
An internship is a semester-long, supervised work experience related to a student's major or career goal for which the student earns academic credit. The work experience is part-time, paid or unpaid, and off-campus. Westmont interns participate in a concurrent seminar on campus in order to read about and discuss issues of vocation as well as to process the work experience in a community of peers. Internships are made available to students in the fall, spring, and summer terms. We want to assist you in publicizing your position on campus. To post a position, please enter your information on Job Spot here. Please note that you may both register and post on your first visit to Job Spot. What distinguishes an internship from a short-term job or volunteer work? Intentional learning takes place in the form of a self-directed learning plan. The student puts a plan together in consultation with a faculty advisor and the site supervisor.
How do you get started?
Does your company or organization have a pre-professional opportunity for a Westmont student? Please post an internship description! If a student plans to earn academic credit for his or her internship, ideally he/she should make every effort to secure an internship before the beginning of the term. For all semesters, students may receive elective credit for an internship by enrolling in APP-190 or APP-190SS for 2, 3, or 4 units.For fall and spring semesters a student may earn major credit by enrolling in a major practicum seminar (EB-190, COM-190, BIO-190, POL-190, etc.).
Once an employer has agreed to hire an intern, the site supervisor must approve of the internship by means of an electronic signature. This happens after the intern launches an on-line form (called the Internship Learning Agreement Form aka "ILAF"). The ILAF is emailed directly to the site supervisor for his or her approval and a chance to view Westmont's Memorandum of Understanding. A student must be registered for an internship before he/she may officially log hours on site. Employers may post an internship position here.
As much as possible, we try to line up the student's schedule with the employer’s needs within the semester calendar. Ideally, a fall internship would start up in late August or early September and end in early December. A spring semester internship would start in January and conclude at the end of April. During the academic calendar year, students generally work an average of 10 to 12 hours per week. However, they may work as few as 6 or as many as 20, depending upon the circumstances (see chart below). The chart reflects numbers that allow for 12 weeks of internships. 12 weeks allows for holiday breaks and finals week. Our new internship management system (WestmontLink) allows employers to update their listings as the organization’s needs change. For more information, please contact Jennifer Taylor, Director of Internships (email@example.com) or Lori Ann Banez, WestmontLink Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 the service, a student participates in a minimum of 12 hours of community service over the course of the semester or summer term. Does your organization have a project or need that may be met by a student volunteer? The student's hours are documented and his or her work is evaluated by a supervisor in the community. On this end, some reading and written reflection is required. Participating organizations may post volunteer opportunities on Job Spot.