SPEC 21
Career Exploration: Winter Study Internships! Winter 2022

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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 35 hours 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; 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
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: short paper that will become a public record, daily journal entries reflecting upon their experiences, responses to three questions posted to EphLink WS Discussion
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: based on application and possible interview
Materials/Lab Fee: cost of transportation
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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