Internships help students integrate academic and experiential learning through a wide range of practical experiences. For example, each year Wofford offers pre-law, pre-dentistry, public policy and clinical medical internship Interims.
Beyond these specific opportunities, Wofford also offers Learning Work, an umbrella internship course. Through the Learning Work Interim, students take the initiative and set up an internship with the organization of their choosing.
Learning Work Interim: Application Process
Sept. 30 is the priority deadline for Learning Work Interim proposals. Proposals will be accepted after Sept. 30, but those students are not guaranteed a spot in the Interim. Students who submit proposals in the window from Oct. 1-7 will be considered if seats are still available. Any students submitting a completed proposal after Oct. 7 needs to sign up for an on-campus interim as a safety measure, since proposals completed after Oct. 7 will not be reviewed until after interim registration has taken place. Applications will be reviewed by both the Interim coordinator and the Learning Work faculty advisors. If your proposal is deemed to meet all of the expected requirements it will be accepted, but there is no guarantee that all submitted proposals will be accepted.
Students also must secure a letter of support from the workplace at which they will be pursuing the internship. There are two separate deadlines for this letter of support:
- If the workplace has a company email address, the letter of support may be sent via email and is due no later than Oct. 7. It should be sent directly to the Interim coordinator, Dr. Karen Goodchild, at email@example.com.
- If the workplace does not have a company email address, the letter of support must be sent via regular mail, on workplace letterhead and must be received by Oct. 10. The letter in this case should be sent to: Dr. Karen Goodchild, Interim coordinator; 429 N Church St., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
The letter of support must contain the following information:
- Verification that the company will provide you with 30-40 hours of work each week for all four weeks of Interim.
- An explanation of the tasks and duties you will be undertaking during your internship.
- The name, position and contact information of the person who will serve as your supervisor during January. The supervisor cannot be a relative of the student and must acknowledge that he or she will need to provide an evaluation of your work at the end of Interim.
- A statement explaining compensation beyond reimbursement for expenses incurred on the job. Students may have one paid interim internship that counts for academic credit during their Wofford career.