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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

Below are the steps you take to set up the internship:  

  1. Make an appointment to meet with your Site Supervisor and Faculty Internship Advisor to gather the details of your internship.
  2. Login to Handshake so that you can submit your online internship Experience
  3. Complete your portion of the Special Course Approval Registration Form (SCARF).
  4. Meet with your faculty internship advisor, so they can sign off on their portion of the SCARF form.
    1. Make sure that either you or the FIA turns in the special course approval form to the Office of Records and Registration in Sutton 201.
  5. Double-check that your SCARF form is turned in to Sutton 201.
  6. Begin your internship
  7. Career Services will automatically send out the 4th and 8th Week evaluations.
  8. Fill out a site evaluation upon completion of your internship.

Potential Internship Sites

If you are struggling to find a location for your internship please reach out to childrenstudies@ewu.edu . 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.

On a weekly basis we highlight one of these sites on our facebook page.

 

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