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Internships offer students opportunities for hands-on experience in service, organizing, politics, journalism, art, and other venues.  The GWS Internship program allows students to pursue these hands-on experiences while receiving credit toward their degree by enrolling in GWS 393.

For more information, or to discuss internship ideas, email or make an appointment to speak with Professor Michelle Berry the GWS Internship Coordinator.


Finding an Internship:  

The GWS Department does not arrange internships for students or community members. The GWS Department oversees a program that allows undergraduate students to pursue academic credit for their internships, but students cultivate their own internship opportunities.  In addition to opportunities on campus, there are 2 important resources for locating internship opportunities in the local community:

  1. The College of Social & Behavioral Science's maintains a listing of Career Related Events, Internships, and Job Opportunities; and
  2. Community Information and Referral.

The following is a partial list of Agencies/Organizations where prior students have interned.  Students are not restricted to interning at these agencies.


Internship/Course Requirements:

  • At least 45 hours of site work at the Internship Agency per unit of credit (approximately 10 hours/week for 3 units of credit); additional hours may be required by the Internship Agency.
  • A critical reflection on your internship and its relationship to things you’ve learned in your coursework, either in the form of a critical essay or as a journal kept over the semester.
  • An internship work log.
  • Regular meetings with your Agency Supervisor, including mid-semester and end of semester reviews.

Exact course requirements and due dates will be provided in a Course Syllabus.


Grades and Unit Restrictions:

The only grades available are S, P, E, I, and W.  No more than 12 units of Internship, Independent Study, or Preceptorship (293, 299, 299H, 391, 393, 399, 399H, 493, 499, 499H) may be used for the GWS major; no more than 6 units may be used for the GWS minor. With approval of the GWS Undergraduate Director, 3 units of a relevant Internship may fulfill a Major Concentration requirement; appropriate Independent Studies may also fulfill Major Concentration requirements.


To Enroll:

By the Monday of week 3 of the semester, students should submit a complete and signed GWS Internship Contract (attached below) to the GWS Internship Coordinator.

The Internship Contract must be filled out by the student in conversation with the the person at the Internship Agency who will serve as the student's Agency Supervisor.  Both the student and the Agency Supervisor must sign the contract, indicating their agreement to its expectations and requirements.

When the GWS Internship Coordinator has confirmed that the Internship Contract is complete, s/he will sign it, authorizing the internship.  You will then receive instructions for enrolling in GWS 393 through UAccess.


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