Liberal Arts Internship Program

GAIN NEW SKILLS & BUILD YOUR RESUME

Liberal Arts Internship Programs offer an individualized, hands-on experience and is an ideal way to gain new skills and build your resume to stand out to potential employers.  Internships serve as a way to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problem solving and projects.

Students in Liberal Arts internships have interned for several local businesses and organizations, including the Richland Public Library, Fuse, Gravis Law, Confluent, Tumbleweird, the Hanford Hisory Project, Historic Downtown Kennewick, East Benton County History Museum, and Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission.

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT

You’re expected to find your own internship placement, and work with your site coordinator to determine a pertinent project or a set of projects.  Since the availability of internships cannot be guaranteed for any specific semester, it is best for you to make arrangements the semester prior to starting your internship.  Your internship may or may not be a paid position.  Any arrangements for a paid stipend must be negotiated between you and the site coordinator.

Viticulture and Enology students engage in research at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center. A new grant from the Paul Lauzier Charitable Foundation will expand capacity for undergraduate research through the Center’s planned Life Sciences Teaching Lab (WSU Tri-Cities Photo).

INTERNSHIP CREDITS AND COURSE GRADE

Most students enroll in three-credit internships. As a general rule, students complete 50 hours of work for one internship credit, so a standard three-credit internship involves 150 hours of work (typically 10 hours a week over the course of 15 weeks). Specific work schedules are determined with the site supervisor.

To receive a passing grade for your internship, you will be required to fulfill the requirements outlined by the department.

COURSE ENROLLMENT

Prior to completing an online internship packet, you are required to meet with your faculty supervisor and the department’s faculty internship coordinator to discuss your internship project.   Once your online internship packet is approved, the packet will be submitted to your Academic Advisor, who will provide you with permission to self-enroll in the course.

ANTHROPOLOGY INTERNSHIPS

Student internships are offered through the Anthropology program at WSU-TC. Internships are unpaid, but they do earn 1 credit of Anth 498 for every 45 hours of service performed. Organizations participating in this program include the East Benton County History Museum (Kennewick), the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission (Pasco), and the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site (located just south of Kennewick). Students report having rewarding internship experiences, in addition to developing useful skills and important contacts to help them with their future careers.

Only juniors and seniors can enroll in Anth 498, which is limited to a maximum of 3 hours total per students.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE INTERNSHIPS

Digital Technology & Culture student internships can be paid work experience, through a formal internship program at a company, or even a volunteer position. Many students find internships on campus or in the Tri-Cities area. While students’ internship experiences are diverse, the common theme of the DTC internship is for students to apply their critical thinking and technical skills in a real-world environment.

Three credits of DTC 498: Internship are required to graduate with a BA in Digital Technology and Culture. Students may choose to do these all at once or in 1 credit segments.  Each 50 hours of work at an internship site amounts to 1 semester credit.

ENGLISH INTERNSHIPS

The English 498 internship offers the opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience working in professional settings. While students may find internships on campus, they are encouraged to seek opportunities in the Tri-Cities area. The student and their employer need to agree upon a project or a set of projects that involve writing, editing, and/or researching problems pertinent to the specific internship.

Students may earn a maximum of 15 credits for English 498 and typically register for one to three credits per semester (maximum six credits per semester). Three credits typically involve at least 10 hours of work per week, spread over a 15-week semester for a total of 150 hours. Other credit-hour amounts should be proportional. The student and the employer will negotiate distribution of those hours.

HISTORY INTERNSHIPS

Digital Technology & Culture student internships can be paid work experience, through a formal internship program at a company, or even a volunteer position. Many students find internships on campus or in the Tri-Cities area. While students’ internship experiences are diverse, the common theme of the DTC internship is for students to apply their critical thinking and technical skills in a real-world environment.

Three credits of DTC 498: Internship are required to graduate with a BA in Digital Technology and Culture. Students may choose to do these all at once or in 1 credit segments.  Each 50 hours of work at an internship site amounts to 1 semester credit.

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