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
October 1 is the priority deadline for Learning Work Interim proposals. Proposals will be accepted between October 2 and October 14, but those students are not guaranteed a spot in the interim. No proposals submitted after October 14 will be considered. The 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 October 3. It should be sent directly to the Interim coordinator, Dr. A.K. Anderson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 October 10. The letter in this case should be sent to: Dr. A.K Anderson, Interim coordinator; 429 N Church St. #7; 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 and understanding 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 internship that counts for academic credit during their Wofford career.
Once your proposal is submitted and your letter of support from your company is received, and if the Learning Work faculty accept your internship proposal, then you will be assigned to one of the sections of the course. At that point, there are a handful of expectations that have to be met before the internship begins. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you will be dropped from the Learning Work Interim section to which you have been assigned.
- All Learning Work students have to make arrangements to take a personality assessment with the staff at the Career Center before December. This assessment will serve as the basis of some of your writing assignments during January. If you are abroad during the fall, contact Dr. Anderson, the Interim coordinator, to arrange this personality assessment with the Career Center. (Please note that the personality assessment counts for $17 of the $33 that students will be billed to be part of the Learning Work Interim.)
- Unless you are abroad in the fall, all students are expected to attend the mandatory first Interim meeting with your Learning Work section. In advance of this meeting, students are expected to read the Nancy O’Neill article “Internships as a High-Impact Practice.” Your Learning Work section professor will provide this article to you.
- Students must sign the Wofford release form and present it to your Learning Work professor at the mandatory first meeting.
During the first three weeks on the job, students are expected each week to read three articles related to their field of work, and then write an online Moodle reflection essay each week as well. (Your Learning Work professor will explain this more during the mandatory first meeting.) A final reflective essay, one that incorporates both your work experience and the findings of the personality assessment done by the Career Center in the fall, is due in the last week.
During the first week of the spring semester, Learning Work students will have a meeting with the entire Learning Work section to discuss experiences. This meeting will take place over lunch or dinner (the cost of this meal accounts for the additional $16 of the $33 you will be billed to participate in the Learning Work Interim.)