Internship Interims: Overview

In each year’s interim course listing, you can find internship courses that are related to a given field of work: we regularly offer opportunities such as pre-law, pre-dentistry, public policy, and clinical medical internship interims. To find out about prerequisites, deadlines, and requirements of such interims, look to our January course listing as well as to the specific professor(s) in charge of those internships.

However, beyond these specific opportunities, we also offer an umbrella internship course that covers a variety of other different types of internships of the student’s choosing: this is our Learning Work interim. For Learning Work, students take the initiative and set up an internship with a given company or workplace. Each January we have multiple sections of Learning Work, but there is one overall application process for all of these sections, and they all have a unified, shared set of requirements. This page will provide you with the information you need to apply for the Learning Work internship interim.

Learning Work Interim: Application Process

Each year, there is an October 1st deadline for the proposals for the Learning Work interim. Proposals submitted after October 1st will not be accepted. The applications will be reviewed by both the Interim Coordinator and the Learning Work faculty. 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. The link for the application form is found here.

Please note that while first-year students can propose an internship, it is expected that such work will be done on-campus or close by in the Spartanburg area.

Learning Work Interim: Off-Campus Sponsor Requirement


In addition to the proposal form that the student submits on October 1st, the student also has to secure a letter of support from the workplace at which he/she will be pursuing the internship. There are two separate deadlines for this letter of support:

  1. If the workplace has a company email address, the letter of support can be sent via email and is then due no later than October 3rd. It should be sent directly to the Interim Coordinator, A.K. Anderson, at andersonak@wofford.edu
  2. But, if the workplace does not have a company email address, then the letter of support must be sent via regular mail, on workplace letterhead, and must be RECEIVED by October 10th. The letter in this case should be sent to: A.K Anderson, Interim Coordinator; 429 N Church St #7; Spartanburg, SC 29303.


In either case, the letter of support must contain the following information:

  1. Verification that their company will provide you with 30-40 hours of work each week for all four weeks of interim;
  2. An explanation of the tasks and duties you will be undertaking during your internship;
  3. The name, position, and contact information of the person who will serve as your supervisor during January. Note that under no circumstance can your supervisor be a relative of the student. In addition, we need an acknowledgement that your supervisor understands that he/she will need to provide an evaluation of your work at the end of the interim; and
  4. Whether or not you will be paid for the internship, beyond reimbursement for expenses incurred on the job. Students can only have one paid internship that counts for academic credit during their Wofford career.

Learning Work Requirements: Pre-January

 

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.

  1. All Learning Work students have to make arrangements to take a personality assessment with the staff at The Space 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 Space. (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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Students must sign the Wofford release form and present it to your Learning Work professor at the mandatory first meeting. The release form is found here.

Learning Work Requirements: During Interim

Obviously, your primary responsibility during January will be to do the work assigned to you by your company. However, this is an academically-based internship, and not just a general internship, which means Wofford adds an academic component to your January experience.

So, during your first three weeks on the job, you are expected each week to read three articles related to your 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.) Then, in your final week, you will write a longer, reflective final essay, one that incorporates both your work experience and the findings of the personality assessment done by The Space in the fall.

Learning Work Requirements: First Week of Spring Semester

 

During the first week of the spring, you will have a meeting with your entire Learning Work section, where all of the students will discuss their internship experience with your assigned professor. 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.)