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 Adam Geary, 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, an important resource for volunteer and internship opportunities in the local community is 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.


Enrollment Deadline:

Students should secure their internships and submit their Internship enrollment materials (see below) to the GWS Internship Coordinator no later than the Monday of the 3rd week of the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the Change of Schedule form to the Registration & Transcripts Office on time. Please refer to the UA dates and deadlines.


To Enroll:

By the Monday of week 3 of the semester, students should submit all of the following (together) to the GWS Internship Coordinator to enroll in GWS 393:

  • The GWS Internship Contract (attached below), completed and signed by the student and the person at the Internship Agency who will serve as the student's Agency Supervisor.
  • A Change of Schedule (“Add/Drop”) Form, completed and signed by the student (attached below).

When the GWS Internship Coordinator has confirmed that application materials are complete, s/he will sign all forms, authorizing the internship. 

It is the student’s responsibility to retrieve the Change of Schedule (“Add/Drop”) form and submit it to the Registration & Transcripts Office or official drop-off location prior to any add/fee deadlines. Students are not enrolled in GWS 393 until the Change of Schedule Form is received at Registration & Transcripts.




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