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The Internship Requirement

The BA in Children's Studies requires an internship or practicum.  Students receive academic credit as interns by working with employers in positions related to their career interests. The internship is a collaborative learning process initiated by the student and facilitated by their academic advisor, their site supervisor, and the Career Services Internship Office.

Students primarily initiate the internship process. However, it is a good idea to talk with your faculty advisor, check out resources in the Children's Studies office, and/or visit the EWU Career Services Internship office for ideas about possible/appropriate internship sites and contacts.

The Children's Studies major requires 4 credits of internship or a total of 160 hours. However, your internship does much more than just meet your degree requirement; it is a way for you to strengthen your resume, build your career portfolio, and extend your professional network. Students can elect to take 1-2 credits a quarter for several quarters rather than all 4 credits in one quarter.  They can also elect to work with different employers in different quarters.  In a typical quarter, the number of hours per week you would work on site would follow the guideline below:


1 credit = 4 hours per week
2 credits = 8 hours per week
3 credits = 12 hours per week
4 credits = 16 hours per week


Registering for Internship Credits

To register for internship credits, see your faculty advisor to complete a Special Course Approval/Registration Form.  Internship course is designated as CDST 481 (Option A), CDST 482 (Option B) or CDST483 (option C) or other advisor-approved departmental internships.  Students must be senior standing (have completed a minimum of 135 credits) and be declared in the major in order to register for the internship.

Completing the Learning Contract

The Learning Contract is "the link between the student, the work-site supervisor, the Internship Office, and the internship faculty advisor.  It is the key document that ensures that everyone involved is 'on the same page.'"

The Learning Contract outlines expectations, roles, and responsibilities for the student, the site supervisor, and the academic advisor.  It also outlines the process of documentation. It is important to complete this document early with both your site supervisor and your academic advisor.  Be sure that you understand expectations on the job, any academic assignments associated with the internship (e.g., reflections, journals, self-evaluations) and how you will be evaluated for the final grade.

Please be sure that you read and understand the Internship Guidelines and the Learning Contract and that you meet the deadlines for submitting the learning contract and site evaluations. 

Learning contract form


See the link below for more information:

Career Services Set Up An Internship


Potential Internship Sites

If you are struggling to find a location for your internship please reach out to . We have a list of internship sites that have worked with EWU student's before and can help provide some locations that are relevant to your interests.

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