Service Learning Internships: Great Experience–and Credit!

Posted on March 22, 2011 with No Comments

Considering a summer or fall internship in the non-profit sector, but thinking you need to take a class instead because you need the credits? No need to choose! You can get the rich professional experience provided by an internship and earn between 1-12 credits through EDSS 239, the Service Learning Internship class.

What is the Service Learning Internship class and how does it work?

EDSS 239 offers you an opportunity to provide community service in conjunction with academic reflection, and earn credit for doing so! Positions are primarily in non-profit agencies and may be local, national or international. The course is offered in the fall, spring and summer for elective credit for students of all majors. Students may enroll for 1-12 credits, depending upon number of hours worked, and number of readings and reflections completed.

Students have completed Service Learning Internships at National Geographic, the Houston Hot Line, the office of Senator Patrick Leahy, Vermont Refugee Resettlement, Vermont Public Radio, Women’s Rape Crisis Center, Vermont State Parks, Chittenden County Public Defenders, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and in schools and programs in Africa, South America and the Pacific. It’s a great chance to create your own internship tailored to your interests and the skills you are hoping to build.

Best of all, you will have an opportunity to reflect and make meaning of your experience with others who are also involved in similar internships. In the words of one recent intern: “This was an amazing and enlightening experience and I am so glad I did this!”

Curious? Check out the process for enrolling in EDSS 239. Your first step will be obtaining an internship in the non-profit sector. For starting ideas on this, check out our Career Services website. For more ideas, stop by for our Drop In Hours, M-TH 1-4 pm, schedule an appointment.

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