SPEC 21
Career Exploration: Winter Study Internships! Winter 2023

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Internships amplify academic learning, empower professional development, and increase students’ career options. SPEC 21 offers students the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom by providing substantive applied learning experiences focusing on issues such as racial justice/social justice, non-profit/community service, government/policy/law, environment, education & many more! Students have the option of applying to the designated SPEC 21 WS internships posted on Handshake, or to submit self-sourced WS internships. For WS 2022, remote, hybrid, and on-site internship opportunities are eligible. Each student will intern for 5 days per week working on project(s) for 3 1/2-4 weeks. Previous WS Internship Sponsors include: Stockbridge Munsee Community Band of Mohican peoples, Berkshire County Chapter, NAACP, Vera Institute of Justice, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and many others! Throughout the month, students will reflect upon their experiences: Impressions about the organization and its workplace culture. Insights about the structure of their role, the organization and the industry. Professionally-What they have learned about themselves within a professional environment; may solidify an interest in a particular industry and build upon this experience when pursuing future opportunities or support the decision to change direction and explore a new industry. Academically-Future course selection, selection of major, and enhanced, grounded, contributions to class discussions. Williams College Alumni/Parents and other employers will be recruited as Winter Study (WS) Internship Sponsors and create meaningful projects/experiences during the month of January. It is expected that our WS Sponsors will mentor the Williams intern(s) during the course, meet with intern(s) on a regular basis to discuss projects/goals/challenges for the week, and support students’ success.
The Class: Format: internship
Limit: 150
Expected: NA
Class#: 1290
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Short paper and final project or presentation. Students must write a short paper that will become a public record and used as a resource by future students or create a 3-5 minute video; weekly assignments will include completing a Career Action Plan and responding to three questions posted to the EphLink WS Discussion Group. In addition, SPEC 21 winter study interns will have the opportunity to participate in a Winter Study Internship/Summer Experience Fair, career panel discussions, or '68 Center workshops.
Prerequisites: Interested students must attend an information meeting in late September or early October and follow up with Dawn Dellea if they have questions about specific WS internships listed in the SPEC 21 syllabus or self-sourced WS internships.
Enrollment Preferences: 1st priority- Designated SPEC 21 internships posted on Handshake-WS Internship Sponsors select students based on their applications/possible interviews. 2nd priority-Separate application/evaluation process for students with self-sourced WS internships.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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