Westmont's Internship Program 2014

To earn academic credit for an internship, a student must enroll in a practicum or internship course. Sign up NOW! Deadline for completing online ILAF for Mayterm is Friday, April 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm.

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)

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Mayterm 2014

Are you planning to spend the summer in the greater Santa Barbara area?

  1. Would you welcome an opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in a May/summer internship?
  2. Do you find it difficult to fit an internship in during the academic year?
  3. Are you looking for ways to fulfill your GE Serving Society requirement?
  4. Would you welcome an opportunity to earn additional units toward graduation?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider enrolling in an internship course just added to the Mayterm 2014 schedule! Choose your emphasis:

Elective Internship – APP-190-1 or Service Learning Internship – APP-190SS-1

In general, class time will be divided between roundtable discussion and the exploration of specific topics. Topics may include (but are not limited to) Christian vocation, responding to social issues, and the development of requisite interpersonal skills in the workplace. By nature, this course requires a substantial measure of personal initiative, investment, and responsibility.

Students have the option of enrolling in 2, 3, or 4 units. This translates to logging a total of 72 hours on site for 2 units, 108 for 3 units, and 144 for 4 units.

This course will be taught by Janna Mori. Previous to her current position as Director of Donor Relations, Ms. Mori worked in Westmont’s career department as the Student and Alumni Employment Coordinator. Her master’s degree work at Azusa Pacific emphasized the study of College Student Affairs. A long time resident in the area, Ms. Mori is well connected in the greater Santa Barbara community. More importantly, Ms. Mori is recognized by many as having the kind of authenticity, experience, and wisdom that serve her students well.

Interested students may enroll now. Students should contact Jennifer Taylor(see left) within the next several weeks to work together to find an internship site that suits a student’s major, goals, and interests. All internship selections must be approved by the Internship Department.

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See information below and to the left.

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

Soifer

Kinesiology

Milner

Sociology

Alexandre

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.

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.WSF