"Through my internship teaching English to monk students, I learned how valuable friendships are and what an enjoyment it can be to share your life with others. I feel that my understanding of humanity is more holistic and more realistic. I know that I am better equipped to make important decisions now and in my future, whether it’s concerning a career, graduate school studies, or how to form good relationships in my every day life."

-Abigail Carlisle SST 2004

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Internship 299:

Study/Service Internship

Supervised by Professor Ann A. Leming

4 Semester Credits

Course Description:
A study/service internship is a planned, supervised course integrating academic and practical work that is undertaken for the specific purpose of acquiring and applying knowledge through direct experience in a field related to the student's educational program. Credit is not given for "on-the-job work" only; rather the intent of the internship is to integrate on-site learning and work with the theory of a related discipline.

The study/service internship class of the Spring Term in Thailand program combines an enriched learning experience through immersion in a local Thai culture with the singular opportunity to make a direct contribution to the Chiang Mai community through a service project monitored by the internship director (Professor Ann Leming). Through a creative integration of service and study, student-participants earn four semester credits.

Academic Requirements :
To assure that the internship is credit-worthy, students will visit a number of institutions of social service (church-related associations, social services agencies, medical, academic institutions, and non-government organizations (NGOs) during the first two weeks of the Spring Term in Thailand. With the assistance of the internship coordinator (Professor Ann Leming), the student will develop an internship with appropriateness to the student's general academic and vocational interests and formulate an educational project plan for the internship. Because it is especially important that systematic and regular reporting be done by the student to both the field and faculty supervisors, there will be a weekly two-hour seminar lead by Professor Ann Leming where all students will discuss and reflect upon the meaning of their study-service program.

Regulations Effecting Internship:
1. Credit for an internship experience is granted only when the internship is guided by an approved project plan and supervised by the internship director and an on-sight supervisor. Students, on-sight supervisors, and internship director will sign a contract before the commencement of the internship.

2. A designated faculty supervisor of the Spring Term in Thailand and a supervisor within the host agency will supervise each student-intern. Formal communications will take place weekly between the faculty member, the student, and the supervisor in the host agency.

3. Each internship will have both a practical work experiences within the host agency and supplemental academic work assigned by the faculty supervisor to help guide the student in the application of theory to the analysis of the internship experience. Students are required to put in a minimum of 100 hours of service (approximately 4 hours per day four times per week) and attend an internship seminar held every Friday at 10:00 AM for two hours.

4. Internship forms and applications are available from the internship director. Several signatures are required, and the completed forms must be returned to Professor Ann Leming before the student is placed in the agency. Only after the application is approved can the student participate for the internship. Questions about internships may be directed to the director of internships (Professor Ann Leming), who must sign the application.

Evaluation and Grading:
The internship director and an on-sight agency supervisor will conduct evaluation of the study/service internship course. Credit for the internship is offered on Pass/Not Pass only.