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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

French 281 & French 381: Internship in France or Other Francophone Countries

French 281 and 381 are 3 credit courses for academic work completed during an internship that involves the extensive use of French.  Students volunteering and doing project work in French speaking locations, who have applied through the LSA Opportunity Hub, accepted a position through an internship placement company or who have sourced their own French-speaking internship may be eligible to earn UM credit for FR281 or FR381 and to join the cohort of other U-M RLL students going abroad – contact instructor for advising and to determine eligibility: Bethany Kreps.

Students will enroll in FR281 or FR381 in Fall semester.  Course requirements consist of written assignments, photo submissions, 2-3 meetings,  and two presentations. Aside from these requirements, the class does not meet.

Intended audience:

The course is available to all French and International Studies 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:

At the end of the preceding Winter term, students must contact the instructor to determine eligibility and be issued an override to register for the class in the Fall term. Students  will be required to attend a pre-departure meeting in April. Internships will take place during the Spring and Summer terms: May-August only.

For more information:

Visit the LSA Opportunity Hub website to learn more about French internships: spring and summer paid and unpaid positions available in France and other French-speaking countries.  Scholarships and funding are available.  To earn UM credit towards your degree, students should contact the Francophone Internships instructor Bethany Kreps.

 

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

Courses: Spanish 299, Spanish 428

Credits: 3 

Consent: With permission of instructor, María Dorantes, lourdes@umich.edu. Please make an appointment.

Enforced Prerequisites: 
For students who want to receive credit for the internship at the 200-level (Spanish 299), the enforced requisite is: SPANISH 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324.

For students who want to receive credit for the internship at the 400-level (Spanish 428), the enforced requisite is: Nine credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399; or two RCLANG 324 and six credits chosen between SPANISH 279 and 399.

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 three credit course for independently arranged domestic internships that involve the extensive use of Spanish in the United States.

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.

Contact lourdes@umich.edu for information.

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. Depending on the assigned internship, the requirements will vary.  Usually 5-7 weeks, 25-40 hours per week, are required.   

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, meetings, and presentations. Aside from these requirements, the class does not meet. Please review a detailed description below:

Internship Abroad Course DescriptionI

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:
Application times during the Winter term vary, depending on the provider. 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 following Fall term. The deadline to apply for the internship course is April 12.  

Pre-departure meeting:
There will be a required pre-departure meeting providing the information on all course requirements. This is usually conducted during the study period of the winter term, that is, after classes end and before the start of the exam period.

Weekly online assignment:
Once abroad, students will be required to do an online weekly assignment in Spanish.  This assignment will allow the instructor to make sure that students are doing well with the internship. More details will be provided at the pre-departure meeting.  

Research and reflective papers:|

Research paper: 
Students are required to write a 10 page paper for SPANISH 299, and a 20 page paper for SPANISH 428.

Reflective paper: Students are required to write a 2 page paper reflecting on their experiences as an intern. In both cases, the paper should be written in Spanish and due the week before Fall term begins.

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