In general terms, the graduation requirement for Interim for students who enter(ed) Wofford after August 31, 1994 is that each student must complete and pass four projects (one for each full-time year or equivalent at Wofford).
Credit hours earned in Interim projects may be applied only toward Interim requirements, certain Teacher Education program requirements for students in that program, and hours for graduation; they cannot be used to satisfy any portion of General Education or major requirements. A student may register for credit in only one project per Interim period and will not be granted extra credit for undertaking more than one; he or she may not repeat, for credit, any project in which he or she has participated previously (including any project, whether H/P/F graded or A-F graded, in which the student has received the grade of F). While engaged in Interim, students may not undertake any other work for academic credit with the exception of a Physical Education course.
In most Interim projects, the grade designations used in the evaluation of students' work are Pass with Honors (H), Pass (P), and Unsatisfactory (U). In some other projects, however, as requested in the proposals and agreed upon in the approval process by the Committee on the Interim and the parties concerned, students will be graded on the A-F scale. H/P/U grades do not enter into calculations of grade-point averages, but all A-F grades do.
Normally it is required that independent projects conducted off-campus include arrangements for on-site supervision of the students and their work. If such supervision is not to be provided by the projects' faculty sponsors, then there must be acceptable, confirmed arrangements for supervision by other responsible, qualified persons (who are not to be relatives of the students involved).
Wofford College ordinarily offers in Interim several opportunities for off-campus study which require travel. Some of these programs include travel to other state or travel beyond the United States. Such travel inevitably involves risk – accident, injury, illness, civil unrest, and other unforeseen circumstances – which neither those who sponsor travel nor those who travel can control. Participation in such an off-campus study program is purely voluntary on the student’s part and as a condition for participation, Wofford requires that student travelers and their parents read and execute liability releases and other documents which acknowledge, accept, and assume all risks. Wofford also expects that students and their parents will use their own due diligence in informing themselves of current global conditions and in determining whether they wish the students to engage in travel to given sites.
All deposits are non-refundable upon acceptance to the project. Each sponsor will implement their own Interim Refund Policy for the remaining balance for travel/study projects.
With Wofford's participation in cooperative Interim exchange programs, there may be opportunities for students with GPAs of at least 2.5 to take part in Interim projects at other colleges. Information regarding cooperative projects at these colleges may be available at the office of the Coordinator of the Interim. Those qualified and interested should begin arrangements early, taking note of the other colleges' costs, deadlines, requirements, procedures, and Interim dates (which may not coincide exactly with Wofford's).
A student's participation in a project at another college is subject:
(1) to his or her acceptance by that college
(2) to the project's being approved by Wofford's Committee on the Interim
(3) to our general limitation that no more than three Wofford students will be approved to participate at any one other college in any given Interim period.
In addition, it is our general policy that no Wofford student will be approved to participate more than once in any one other college's Interim program.
The student is responsible for the expense of travel to and from another college at which he or she participates in an Interim project, and for all other individual costs connected with that project itself. Most colleges also require payment of a room-and-board fee by resident visiting students; some may require tuition payments by all visiting students, in addition.
Grades and evaluations received by Wofford students for Interim work at other colleges will be appropriately equated and recorded at Wofford as Pass with Honors, or Pass, or Unsatisfactory.
Internships help students
integrate academic and experiential learning through a wide range of practical
experiences. Though internships vary considerably in form across disciplines, successful
internships share two characteristics: appropriate supervision and a
substantial academic component, including assessment of learning outcomes.
Internships affiliated with Wofford College may or may not bear academic
credit. The focus of this policy is on internships that bear academic
credit. Accordingly, the sponsoring programs
(faculty, departments, co-curricular programs) shall have the authority to
regulate internship matters within their own disciplines, subject to the
general provisions in this policy.
Appropriate supervision is expected for all
internships. Though this is not defined as a matter of college policy,
what constitutes appropriate supervision will vary based on the sponsoring
program’s specific policies, disciplinary traditions, and individual facts and
circumstances. For example, students placed with an organization with a
significant history with Wofford College may require less supervision than
students placed with new organizations. Similarly, students placed
geographically further from campus may require different types of supervision
than students near campus. Appropriate supervision suggests, at a
minimum, regular, periodic contact with the student as well as faculty or
advisor availability should the student need it. Phone contact, site
visits with the off-campus supervisor, and email availability are all examples
of ways to achieve appropriate supervision. It is the responsibility of the
academic programs or sponsors to oversee the internship, as well as the individual
faculty member or advisor, to determine whether the level of supervision is
appropriate to the individual internship experience. Accordingly, the
academic department shall have the ability to set appropriate ratios of
students to faculty members in order to ensure appropriate supervision.
Evidence of appropriate supervision should be retained for each
internship experience in accordance with academic record retention policy.
academic component is expected for any internship receiving academic
credit. As with any course at Wofford College, academic progress
associated with the internship experience must be assessed and evaluated by the
appropriate faculty member. Reliance solely on the external sponsoring
organization's evaluation of the student is generally insufficient to establish
either a substantial academic component or evidence of learning outcomes.
Paid internships. Internships may take many
forms and may be paid or unpaid. In general, Wofford does not restrict
students' internship experiences. However, students shall be limited to
only one internship experience that bears both pay and academic
credit during their academic career. If credit hours and pay are granted
for the same internship experience, that student has exhausted his/her single
paid internship opportunity. The amount and timing of payment are not of
consequence when the pay and credit are associated with the same internship
experience. For purposes of this policy, “pay” is defined as the
student's receiving an IRS Form W-2, Form 1099, or other official wage
statement from the employer for the internship.
Student responsibilities. Students shall submit
representation, obtained directly from the internship sponsor, as to the nature
of the internship, specifically whether it is paid or unpaid. Evidence
of the paid or unpaid nature of the internship should be retained by the
faculty member or advisor in accordance with academic record retention policy.
As employment compensation is a private matter between employer and
employee, it is not necessary for students to document the amount, timing, or
nature of their compensation. Students shall also notify the faculty
member or advisor of record of any material changes in circumstances, such as
employment duties, pay, or work schedule. The Honor Code is in effect
with respect to internship disclosures, so students should be candid and
complete in their internship reporting.
Faculty/advisor responsibilities. The faculty
member or advisor of record is responsible for the following: 1)
Providing appropriate supervision of the internship, and retaining evidence of
such supervision. 2) Assessing and evaluating the academic component of
the internship and its learning outcomes. 3) Providing evidence of the
paid or unpaid nature of the internship to the academic department and the
registrar, and retaining such evidence.
Internship and apprenticeship projects should be preceded by an adequate orientation, should include a directed reading program, and during each of the four weeks of Interim should involve students in at least 30 hours of direct contact with the off-campus mentors. Students should keep a daily record and critique of their activities during the month and should expect their faculty sponsors to be in contact with them and/or with their outside agencies at least weekly. Students' proposals for internships or apprenticeships, or for any other projects involving the facilities and/or cooperation of non-Wofford persons or agencies, must be accompanied by appropriate letters of verification from those persons or agencies.
In his or her Interim work at Wofford, no student should undertake more than one internship or apprenticeship in any given area.