The IAS Internship course (BIS 495) is designed for IAS students interested in integrating the knowledge and skills cultivated in the IAS program (creative problem-solving, team building, critical analysis and thinking), hands-in work experience across a variety of internship sites, and collaborative self-reflection on the changing demands and possibilities of work. Students will be encouraged to use their internship experiences to analyze the shifting landscape of work and to assess potential employment environments and career paths.
Student learning goals
1) To enhance students' awareness of how the knowledge and skills cultivated in the IAS program can foster life-long learning in a variety of non-classroom environments.
2) To increase students' knowledge of diverse career and work possibilities that draw on and build off of knowledge and skills they already possess.
3) To improve students' ability to conduct field research across diverse social and cultural institutions.
4) To increase students' ability to think critically about different work environments, about what counts (and can count) as work across them, and about the social costs and benefits of various work and career choices.
General method of instruction
The course consists of three in-person class meetings (one at the beginning of the quarter, one at the midterm, and one at the end) and a series of weekly readings, on-line discussions, and field research assignments.
Eligibility: The couse is open to students from all UWB programs, but IAS students in the program's BA and BS degree options will be given priority. IAS students must have taken BIS 300, must be in good academic standing, and must apply for admission. If the course does not fill with IAS students, applicants from other programs will be considered. (For more information about how to apply, click on the link below or go to the IAS website and click on internships or talk with either me or the IAS internship coordinator.)
Class assignments and grading
Requirements: Spend approximately 12-15 hours per week at your chosen internship site; Complete weekly electronic writing assignments that integrate the course readings and your internship experiences; Participate in three mandatory, on-campus class sessions; Present a final poster based on your experiences in the course to an audience of students, IAS faculty, and (when appropriate) representatives from organizations that hosted interns that quarter.
The course is portfolio-based and offered on a credit/no credit basis. All assignments must be completed satisfactorily in order to pass the course.