Internships

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Overview

Miami University has established internship courses in all departments (340) and they are programmed not to count for the major or minor. The following proposal formulates possible learning objectives and procedures for our department.

REQUIRED PART OF INTERNSHIP PROPOSAL/APPLICATION:  

Students will develop a product (presentation, video, brochure) that benefits the organization or targeted community/clients.  Student works with organization to determine what the product will be prior to or during the first weeks of the internship.  The plan should indicate a deadline for the product and how it will be distributed.

PROPOSED PROCEDURE FOR APPROVING AN INTERNSHIP:

  1. Student chooses organization/business for placement (from department website or proposes new placement).
  2. Student chooses faculty advisor to work with to develop their learning objectives.
  3. Student contacts professional supervisor and completes internship agreement.
  4. Student shares the internship agreement with faculty member.
  5. Faculty member assists student with the completion of the internship credit form.
  6. Internship credit form goes through approval process.

Faculty advisor does:  

  • Consult student in developing “internship credit form”
  • Confirms that internship has been completed by contacting internship host by end of semester
  • Enters grade of “credit” or “no credit” with the Registrar
  • Check in with student mid-way in the semester for an update
  • Make intervention with host organization if internship agreement is not being met (i.e. mostly making copies) 

Faculty advisor does NOT:

  • Create assignments, reflection papers
  • Facilitate finding the internship
  • Supervise or do site visits nor are they involved in the “product”

Options for approving “internship credit form”  

  • Faculty committee reviews proposal to determine if it qualifies for an internship
  • Individual faculty members
  • Individual faculty members (first-approver) and CDA
  • CDA
  • Assistant Chair
  • Chair

Spanish 340 Description (Zero credit)

Students pursue an internship with a non-profit or business that allows them to enhance their critical thinking, research skills and communication abilities as well as further develop their knowledge of the career paths of Spanish graduates.

Spanish 340 Description (1-6 credits)

Students pursue an internship with a non-profit or business that allows them to enhance their critical thinking, research skills and communication abilities as well as further develop their knowledge of the career paths of Spanish graduates.  Students will also enhance their Spanish-language skills and further develop their knowledge of Hispanic/Latino communities.

SPN 340 Possible Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the non-profit and/or business’s philosophies and practices and how they affect targeted clients/service recipients.
  • Enhance Spanish-speaking skills and cultural knowledge through direct contact with Spanish-speaking students.
  • Compare knowledge from previous Spanish classes, independent work and literature examined with observations in the community.
  • Develop a variety of professional skills, including cross-cultural interpersonal abilities, adaptability and problem-solving skills. 

Results from the internship survey distributed to Spanish Majors and Minors:

Have you completed an internship that allowed you to use your Spanish language skills or that was related to your Spanish degree or related to Latin@s/Hispanics?

  • 89% No
  • 11% Yes

Students who have completed an internship in which they utilized skills related to their Spanish degree, interned at the following places:

  • Cincinnati Spanish Academy
  • Su Casa Hispanic Center
  • Mainstreet Schoolhouse
  • S.P.O.T. (Spanish and Portuguese Open Tutoring)
  • US Department of State
  • Congressman's office
  • Corkscrew Barcelona
  • Crossroad Health Center VIP program

If you could participate in an internship to develop skills acquired through your Spanish major/minor, what type of internship interests you the most? Check all that apply.

  • Community services/outreach: 71%
  • Education: 49%
  • For-profit company: 37%
  • Legal: 25%
  • Health: 45%
  • Media and communications: 36%
  • Tourism: 34%
  • Other: 10%:  (Technology; NGOs; Politics; Translation; Political Science; Statistics/Data Analytics; Something in Catholic Church)

Co-curricular Internships (Spanish 340)

There are several non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses that offer internships in which you can practice your Spanish-language skills and develop your knowledge of Hispanic/Latino communities including:

Community services/outreach

Local:

International:

Health

Media and communications

  • TSJ Media (La Mega 97.7 FM & La Jornada Latina newspaper)

Governmental

Translation services

Education

Immigration Law

For-profit business


Unpaid/Paid Internships require the following number of hours:

0 credits = less than 37.5 work hours
1 credit = 37.5 total work hours 

2 credits = 75 total work hours

3 credits = 112.5 total work hours 

4 credits = 150 total work hours
5 credits = 187.5 total work hours 

6 credits = 225 total work hours 


Note: Students may not earn more than six (6) credits per term or semester or ten (10) 
credit hours per year in internships or independent study work of any type. Co-curricular internships may not be substituted for degree requirements. 


Procedure to earn SPN 340 credit (0-6 credits) for an internship

  1. Student chooses organization/business for placement (from department website or proposes new placement).
  2. Student chooses faculty member to work with to develop their learning objectives.
  3. Student contacts professional supervisor and completes internship agreement.

    APPLY ONLINE
  4. Student shares the internship agreement with faculty member.
  5. Faculty member assists student with the completion of the internship credit form.

    APPLY ONLINE

  6. Internship credit form goes through approval process.

 

“To have interned in a Spanish-speaking environment has really boosted both my Spanish and professional skills. I feel so much more comfortable talking with native speakers, and in the process I got to help the local Hispanic community in Cincinnati. In addition, it's a great experience to share in an interview or resume. I think it's critical to be able to have practice with the Spanish language and Hispanic culture outside the classroom, and I'm so thankful to have been given that opportunity!”

Su Casa Intern during the spring of 2017:  Nicole Radish, class of 2018, International Studies and Sustainability co-majors, General Business and Spanish minors