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Career Center: College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Internships
Students of the College of Arts and Sciences are a community of learners, who are engaged in active learning both inside and outside the classroom, faculty-guided student research, international study, and interdisciplinary inquiry. The College of Arts & Sciences offers a variety of internship programs for students to pursue as outlined below. Contact Elizabeth Ostapeck, Academic Internship Coordinator for any CAS internship questions.
CAS Academic Credit Internship courses Courses: 497 (Undergraduate) and 597 (Graduate)
A College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) internship for academic credit is a four-way partnership between the Student Intern, Faculty Supervisor, Employer/Site Supervisor and Academic Internship Coordinator. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange credit for an internship through a variable credit form and a UP Internship Learning Agreement with a CAS Faculty Supervisor and the Employer/Site Supervisor. Each CAS Faculty member supervising a student intern will outline expectations for issuing of academic credit based on his/her syllabus requirements.
This is a guideline of internships for academic credit offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Please review course descriptions in the current UP Bulletin for any division-specific requirements such as minimum GPA or completed units required.
The UP learning agreement is the crucial first step in establishing clear expectations, learning goals, and job duties in the internship. Internships are a student driven process and it is the responsibility of the student intern to complete the learning agreement whether completing an academic credit or noncredit internship. After the student intern completes the learning agreement, it is forwarded electronically onto the Employer/Site Supervisor. If completing the internship for academic credit, a copy of the completed Learning Agreement is automatically sent to the Faculty Supervisor.
Faith-Based Leadership Program
Course: LDR 324: Faith-Based Leadership
The University’s Faith-Based Leadership Program is designed for juniors who want to learn about the hurdles leaders in Church and faith-based organizations face today. Students gain first-hand experience through an internship as an Executive Assistant for a leader from one of these organizations, and, at the same time, discern how God may be calling him/her to a vocation using his/her gifts and talents. Students take a course co-taught by Campus Ministry and the Director of the Franz Center for Leadership in preparation for the experience. While completing the summer internship students receive a stipend.
Language Immersion Internship
Courses: CHN 497, FRN 497, GRM 497, SPN 497A language immersion internship provides students with the opportunity to improve their target language learning and use by assisting experienced teachers in language immersion programs at the pre-K and elementary school levels. The core of the practical work in the pre-K and elementary classes includes interacting with children exclusively in a target language of study, supporting the teacher with transitions, and potentially the opportunity to lead small or whole-class groups. Interns maintain written observations and self-reflections on their own strategies for maximizing the learning and use of the target language. Interns observe teachers and their approaches, read materials on language learning and use strategies, second language acquisition early childhood, observation and ethnography.
NOYCE Internship program
In conjunction with Saturday Academy and Portland Public Schools, the University of Portland NOYCE Internship program offers 8-week long paid internships during the summer months. These internships are for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors (priority is given to rising sophomores and juniors) who are majoring in a STEM discipline. Students double majoring in a STEM major and education are also eligible. The internships give university students classroom experience teaching the STEM discipline of their major.
The Noyce 8-week internships are offered to eight interns each summer. Interns serve as tutors, mentors and program support in summer learning programs aimed to support K-12 students in STEM education and engagement through experiential learning. This internship gives students the opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience through collaborations with Saturday Academy, The Advancement via Individual Determination Program, and UP’s Summer Learning Camp. Interns are paid a $3,600 stipend and given on-campus housing.
The Noyce Interns Program application requires one letter of recommendation from a current professor or employer. Applicants are also required to undergo a personal interview and write an essay describing why they have selected their career path.
Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) Internship
Course: BIO 497
The purpose of an OT/PT internship is to familiarize the student with the responsibilities and daily activities of a physical therapist or occupational therapist. The intent of the internship is to increase the student’s awareness of and appreciation for a health career. The student participates in numerous and varied activities through this internship.
Students seeking 3 credit hours are required to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week during the semester directly in the clinic, or other designated facility, shadowing a supervising therapist. The Academic Internship Coordinator and the Biology Faculty Supervisor place each student in an applicable clinical site, depending on availability. Students must have dedicated time to allocate to the internship, including travel time to and from the clinic site. It’s recommended that students who pursue this internship have at least two days available per week with a four to five hour opening.
Additional time will be spent in literature review, writing of assignments/reports, internship setup, and attending weekly 90 minute class.
Students are responsible for completing all OT/PT Clinical requirements (this will be a hyperlink once finalized) prior to beginning the OT/PT internship experience, including but not limited to:
- Immunizations (MMR, Hep. B, Tdap, TB, Chickenpox, Flu shot)
- Online Bloodborne Pathogens Assessment, OHSA Assessment and HIPAA Assessment Drug Testing
- Background Check
- CPR Certification
- OT/PT Internship Learning Agreement
- Clinic specific site requirements*
*These will be outlined depending on where student is placed in the clinical setting.
Contact Elizabeth Ostapeck, Academic Internship Coordinator regarding any OT/PT internship questions.