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Applied Liberal Arts

The LSA Internship Program offers internship-related courses in the Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) division. Whether you are interested in learning how to best prepare for the internship search or how to make the most of an experience once you have secured a position, one of these courses will help you succeed.

ALA 125: Positioning Yourself for a Successful Internship

This one-credit course will provide students with the skills to make themselves competitive for internships, as well as the opportunity to identify their strengths and see the connections between academic interests and career exploration. Much of the course work will focus on students’ representation of themselves, including effective and dynamic communication strategies, developing presentation materials, using LinkedIn, and building networking and interviewing skills. At the same time, the course will explore aspects of the world of internships from various perspectives:

  • How to explore opportunities and industries and identify your interests.
  • How to search for an internship and make the most of your resources.
  • How to prepare for your internship experience and succeed in a variety of professional settings.

ALA 225: Undergraduate Internship Course

In ALA 225, students will integrate academic and experiential learning through an internship experience. This one-credit course is designed to ensure students are fully prepared to engage in all learning aspects of their internship and gain credit for the academic requirements associated with the course. ALA 225 offers a framework within which students can maximize the learning environment at the external worksite and connect their experiential learning to their undergraduate education. In this course, students will:

  • Establish goals and prepare for the internship experience.
  • Document experiences and initial reactions to professional settings through a personal blog.
  • Develop skills for framing the internship experience and plan for the next internship opportunity.

To be eligible to enroll in ALA 225, your internship must meet the following requirements:

Spring/Summer Internships: your internship must be a minimum of 6 weeks in length and must require that you work at least 25 hours per week throughout the course of your internship

Fall/Winter Internships: your internship must last throughout the course of the semester and must require that you work at least 10 hours per week

You may not take ALA 225 more than 4 times. Learn how to enroll in the course with an override.

ALA 325: Advanced Undergraduate Internship Course

In ALA 325, students build upon the knowledge gained from their first internship experience to deepen their understanding of the connections between the academic interests they are pursuing in the liberal arts and the professional goals they are working to articulate as they prepare for life after graduation. By advancing their personal and professional development, students will broaden their experiences across industries and refine their professional skills. This one-credit course is designed to ensure students fully engage in all learning aspects of their internship and gain credit for the academic requirements associated with the course. Students will be expected to develop a reflective and critical understanding of their experiences and goals in three stages:

  • Before leaving campus: Attend preparation meetings with instructor and participate in detailed professional goal setting activities. Activate networks and connect with an Alumni Mentor.
  • During the internship: Communicate with peers and faculty via participation in a course blog. There will be asynchronous open forums with reflection, as well as discussions of professional skill development and the observed connections between academic preparation in LSA and success in the workplace.
  • Upon return to campus: Develop presentation materials and contribute to career portfolio. Participate in career exploration activities on campus. In collaboration with Alumni Mentor, set goals for the next steps in career exploration.

To be eligible to enroll in ALA 325, your internship must meet the following requirements:

Spring/Summer Internships: your internship must be a minimum of 6 weeks in length and must require that you work at least 25 hours per week throughout the course of your internship

Fall/Winter Internships: your internship must last throughout the course of the semester and must require that you work at least 10 hours per week

To enroll in ALA 325, you must have taken and passed ALA 225 previously, or receive permission from the instructor. Learn how to enroll in the course with an override.