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School of Public and Environmental Affairs

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Internship & Service Learning

Internship & Service Learning

HOW IS SERVICE LEARNING DIFFERENT FROM INTERNSHIPS?

In general, internships are designed to give students real world work experience at an agency/organization by exposing them to practitioners, professional environments and workplace etiquette. Think of it as a trial run for an entry-level job, a real-life training experience, a job with training wheels.

Service learning is designed to have the agency or community organization and/or projects as student learning environments where students engage in projects or activities, collaborations, problem-solving and/or management strategies that address the needs of the community.  The students engage in reflective learning (discuss, analyze the experiences, the project, the agency and how interacts with community). Students learn to see the bigger picture.  Think of it as a learning project addressing a local issue or concern. Students become active in engaging public issues. Classroom time is required.

 

INTERNSHIP

SERVICE LEARNING

Credit Hours

1-6 (50 hours per credit hour)

3 credit hours (30 project hours)

Classroom Instruction

No

Yes

Supervision

Yes

Yes

Grading

Pass/fail

Letter Grade

Journal

Yes

Yes

Online Postings

No

Yes

Final Presentation

No

Yes



For More Information
Coordinator
Jacqueline F. Huey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dunes Medical / Professional Building 2121
(219) 981-4290