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Internships

RLL encourages students to utilize all the resources available to them on the UM campus to prepare for their future careers. For all current employment and internship opportunities available to UM students, please visit the Career Center website. The International Center is another great resource for students looking for internships abroad.

French Internships

Visit the LSA International Internship website to learn more about French internships, summer positions available in France and other French-speaking countries, as well as the UM credit you may receive towards your degree. Students should also contact Professor Rachael Criso

If you have found your own French-speaking internship, you are welcome to both receive French credit (once the position has been approved) and join the cohort of other U-M students going abroad through the LSA International Internship Program. Please contact Rachael Criso for details.

Italian Internships

Course: Italian 346

Credits: 3
Consent: Students should contact a faculty member to sponsor their internship.
Enforced Prerequisites:  Advisory prereqs (suggested): Completion of ITALIAN 300, 340, 345 or 361; and offer of a summer internship in an Italian-speaking country.
Repeatability: Cannot be repeated.  However, students can also earn 3 credits from an independent study.      

Spanish Internships

Course: Spanish 299, Spanish 428

Credits: 1 – 3 (depends on modality)
Consent:
 With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
 SPANISH 275, 276, or SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224; or RCLANG 324.
Repeatability:
 Cannot be repeated. However, students can also earn 3 credits from an independent study.
There are two internship modalities offered by the RLL department:
1. Domestic
2. Abroad

1. Domestic Internship

This is a one-to-three credit course for independently arranged domestic internships that involve the extensive use of Spanish in the United States. Students are required to complete 33 contact hours per credit earned (i.e. 100 contact hours is equivalent to a three credit course). Students are enrolled for either Spanish 299 or Spanish 428 depending on the rigor/content of the internship as well as the course level needed for the Spanish major or minor.

Please review the Domestic Internship Proposal Form, which contains more detailed information about the course requirements and process.  

2. Internship Abroad

This is a three-credit course for an internship that involves the extensive use of Spanish in a country in which Spanish is the primary language. The LSA International Internship Program places students into six- to twelve-week internships abroad.  Students apply through M-Compass. For more information about opportunities and the application process, please visit the LSA International Internship website. Students intending to receive Spanish credit for an internship abroad must participate in the LSA International Internship program. (No Spanish credit will be granted to students for independently-found international internships.)  

Depending on the course level needed to complete major or minor requirements, students may be enrolled in either SPANISH 299 or 428.  Course requirements consist of oral and written assignments, two meetings, and two presentations. Aside from these requirements, the class does not meet. Please review a detailed description below:

Internship Abroad Course Description

Intended audience:

The course is available to all returning Spanish majors or minors who meet the required pre-requisites.

Course syllabi:

Syllabi will be available at the required pre-departure meeting held by the instructor of record.

Timeline:

Applications are due the first week of classes in the Winter term (see below for more details). At the end of the Winter term, students will be required to attend a pre-departure meeting. Internships will take place during the Spring and Summer terms only, but students will be registered for the class for the Fall term.

Pre-departure meetings (2):

The LSA Internship Office provides obligatory pre-departure preparation for interns traveling abroad. This is usually conducted during the reading period of the Winter term, that is, after classes end and before the start of the exam period. Also, the instructor of record will hold a separate pre-departure meeting prior to the end of the Winter term to discuss all course requirements.

Weekly blog:

Once abroad, interns are required to blog weekly in Spanish. Weekly blogs allow the instructor to make sure that students are doing well, and to monitor the progress of the work being done. It also fosters a community among interns in Spanish-speaking countries and provides a space where interns can share experiences and ideas.

Reflective paper:

Students are required to write a 10 page paper for SPANISH 299, and a 20 page paper for SPANISH 428. In both cases, the paper should be written in Spanish, and students should reflect on their experiences as an intern. The due date will be specified by the instructor during the pre-departure meeting held with students.

Brief meeting with instructor:

Within the first three weeks of the Fall term, students are required to meet with the instructor of record to describe (in Spanish) the internship experience, and to discuss the remaining requirements of the course.

Two presentations:

During the Fall academic term, each student must give a ten-minute PowerPoint presentation (in Spanish) to another Spanish class about his or her experiences abroad; and develop a poster to show and explain their experiences (in English) to other students at the International Internship Showcase in October.