Students who complete an internship focused on Middle East studies are eligible for 1 academic credit by enrolling in the independent study course MIDEAST 396: Internship in Middle East Studies. Students may enroll in any term, but preferably when they will be working on and completing their internship experience.
MIDEAST 396: Internship in Middle East Studies
To enroll in MIDEAST 396, students need to submit a proposal to the MES Student Services Assistant no later than two weeks before the start of the term in which they will enroll. The two-page proposal should outline where the student will be completing the internship, the contact information for a supervisor, their anticipated work schedule/hours dedicated to the internship, how this experience will compliment his/her studies, and at least one research question the student seeks to answer by the experience. This proposal will be shared with the MES Director of Undergraduate Studies who will either approve or deny the request for academic credit.
If approved, the student will be required to keep a reflection journal of no less than ten 600-word entries. The journal may take various forms, i.e. a Word document, blog, etc. The journal entries should address related experiences that are helping the student answer his/her proposed research question. Upon completion of the internship, the student will submit an 8-page, double-spaced paper to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. This paper should reflect on the experience and offer conclusions regarding the research question and/or avenues for further study.
Upon successful completion of MIDEAST 396, students may petition a department advisor to use the credit towards a Middle East Studies major. MIDEAST 396 credit is not permitted towards a Middle East Languages and Cultures minor. Students are not permitted to retro-actively receive credit for an internship that has already been completed.