Register for an SIAS internship

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There are 4 basic steps to register for an internship:

1. Find an internship

  • Determine the type of internship you want to do and identify the learning objectives you want to accomplish.
  • Login to Handshake using your UW Net ID and password and search for an internship that fit with your interests and your major/minor.
  • Search for an internship site. Local businesses, government, and  non-profit agencies regularly utilize interns. There are links on this page to help you start your search for an internship site.
  • Confer with your academic advisor to see how an internship will fit into your academic plans.

Starting your search for an internship:

Searching the web is an important tool for finding an internship, but also, be sure to talk with family members, faculty, and friends for their ideas and possible referrals. The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences does not provide internship placements. However, the SIAS Internship Coordinator may know of openings in your area of study or will be able to help you with ideas and suggestions.

To find companies and organizations that might offer internships in your area of study, search by keywords and include "internships" in your search. Some organizations list their internship opportunities under their employment or jobs sections on their websites.

2. Find a faculty supervisor

  • Make your request once you have found an internship.
  • The faculty member supervises the academic component of the internship. Faculty sponsorship of internships is at the discretion of the SIAS faculty.
  • A natural fit is a faculty member who teaches courses that match the content of your internship. The faculty supervisor must have expertise is the area of the internship.
  • It’s best to approach a faculty member with whom you already have a working relationship.
  • Determine the number of credits you wish to attempt. Generally, three (3) hours/week onsite over the course of an 10-week quarter will earn one (1) credit. Check with an SIAS academic advisor or your faculty advisor about appropriate placement of these internship credits in your program of study.

3. Review Academic requirements

  • Meetings: In addition to the initial development meetings, students are expected to confer on a weekly basis at a specified time with the site supervisor and the faculty supervisor to review and assess the student's performance and progress in the internship. Meetings with faculty should be on days when they have office hours. Conferencing via email is also encouraged.

Suggestions for possible course assignments:

Work log - Students maintain a weekly work log in which they keep a record of their work and their comments and reflections on it.

Deliverable project - Students must submit a paper, poster project, video, etc. at the end of the quarter. 

Academic Learning and Service Learning Objectives - Academic learning objectives should include the new knowledge you expect to acquire. Service learning integrates experiential learning and community service in an academic context. Through experiences academic and community partners, service learning addresses identified needs, enhances curriculum, and fosters civic responsibility.

Civic Identity: Demonstrate active civic engagement in society.

Cultural Humility: (a) Examine the ways one’s own attitudes and beliefs are different from those of other cultures and communities. (b) Value learning about and from the perspectives of diverse communities and cultures.

Perspective Taking: Identify, explain, apply and evaluate multiple perspectives to understand community strengths and address community needs.

Systems Awareness: Propose solutions aimed at addressing historic and contemporary role and effect of economic, political, and social structures on experiences of individuals and communities.

Integrative Learning: Articulate the relationships among learning in the course with community engagement and other experiences.

4. Complete the internship learning agreement

Once you, the faculty supervisor and the site supervisor have agreed on the learning objectives for your internship, complete the SIAS Internship Learning Agreement. This can now be done one of two ways:

1) Through your student Handshake account. Please see the Student Instructions for Handshake for help with doing this. Please remember: it is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate course number and SLN from the quarterly registration guide. You, your faculty supervisor, your internship site supervisor, and the internship program manager will all receive an email from Handshake to approve the internship learning agreement by clicking a link. This link serves as an electronic signature. After all approvals have been completed, you will receive an email with the entry code to register for the academic credits you will earn for the internship. You register for the credits through your UWT student account just as you do for any academic course; it is your responsibility to register for the credits. 

2) You can still use the paper form of the SIAS internship learning agreement. The entry code will be emailed to you as soon as possible. Completion of the form does not mean you are automatically enrolled in the course. Use the entry code to register by the 10th day of the quarter.

The United States Department of Labor website outlines the criteria for unpaid internships under The Fair Labor and Standards Act.

Internships may be paid or unpaid. Payment for internship work is subject to business/agency policy and is negotiated between the student and the business/agency. Payment is not the distinguishing factor of what defines an academic internship; earning academic credit is the distinguishing factor. Whether or not the student is paid has no bearing on the granting of credit provided all requirements of the SIAS Internship Learning Agreement are successfully met.

In the circumstances of a paid internship being done as a Capstone project, it is the student’s responsibility to check with their faculty supervisor to ensure all Capstone requirements are being met.

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