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 onsite 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