Internships and Experiential Learning
Internships provide a valuable adjunct to classroom learning and serve as a vehicle for professional exploration. Internships are real world applications of both a student’s major discipline as well as the broader liberal arts experience. An internship allows a student to extend and expand her area of study from the classroom to the outside world.
Internships also provide professional insight into a student’s career interests. Often the student’s internship experience assists her in more clearly defining the specific professional area she wants to pursue. Sometimes, the experience reveals to the student that she needs to reassess her career direction or graduate study plans.
For-Credit and Independent InternshipsCurrently, approximately 60% of Agnes Scott students will complete an internship before graduation. Internships can be completed during regular semesters as well as during the summer. Many students, especially during their junior and senior years, complete internships for academic credit. A for-credit internship includes either enrollment in a themed course with other students who are also completing internships or an independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. The independent study internship (450) includes activities such as journaling or blogging, readings, meeting with the faculty member during the semester, and a final reflective report or project. In addition, many for-credit interns deliver a presentation about their internship experiences during Agnes Scott’s Spring Annual Research Conference (SpARC).
Students often complete summer internships at many national and international sites. Because Agnes Scott is located in metropolitan Atlanta, students have a multitude of nearby sites in which to intern. Some of the Atlanta sites include the Carter Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, CARE, Development Dimensions International, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, divisions of Turner Broadcasting and CNN, and numerous smaller businesses and non-profit organizations. To see a more complete list of internship sites, check out our student internship stories.
Whether an internship is completed at a for-profit company or a non-profit, a large international organization or a small community-based organization or start-up entrepreneurial venture, the experience can enrich and broaden learning long after a student graduates.