Global Studies Program

An internship (either locally or abroad) can count for Global Studies credit through GLST 495. If you are interested in a Global Studies internship, please be aware of the following guidelines.  

INTERNSHIP POLICY-Domestic 

    1. Students must complete a Learning Agreement (available at http://www.plu.edu/~intern/student-learning/home.html), before starting the internship.  Credit will not be given to students who have had an internship experience and THEN come to Global Studies chair seeking to gain credit.
    2. Students must have a faculty internship advisor who will be responsible for the academic portion of the internship.  The advisor will assist in supervising the student during the course of the internship.  Faculty advisors will determine the frequency with which they will meet with advisees. It must be a minimum of 3 times during the semester, to evaluate their progress.
    3. Students must have a work-site supervisor who will guide the student in the workplace.
    4. The actual internship work of the student must relate in some way to the students' concentration in Global Studies.
    5. Students should bear in mind that it is up to the individual faculty member whether or not to act as a faculty advisor.  Faculty are not compensated for advising internships: this is unpaid overtime. As such, Faculty are encouraged to be discriminating about accepting Internship Advisees.
    6. It is your responsibility to contact your faculty advisor prior to and throughout your internship.
    7. It is your responsibility to complete and turn in a Written Proposal, signed by the student, faculty advisor, work-site advisor, and Global Studies chair.  You must turn in two copies of your proposal: (1) to your faculty advisor, and (1) to the Global Studies Chair. The Proposal will include:
      1. The question the student seeks to answer through their internship and research
      2. An explanation of how the internship will relate to the student's chosen concentration.
      3. A bibliography of at least 5 scholarly sources that address the question.
      4. Estimated contact hours at the internship.
      5. A detailed explanation of the students' expected responsibilities at the work site.
      6. Anticipated dates of meetings with advisors.
    8. Journal that records the students' experiences in the workplace, and analysis of those experiences.  This
      should be a sustained journal, maintained consistently throughout the internship, and should be of substantive content. Students may submit the journal to their faculty advisor either periodically, or as a whole at the end of the semester.
    9. An annotated bibliography of sources appropriate for considering your topic (as determined in consultation with your advisor). These can include primary sources, secondary sources, and original sources.
    10. Research paper that answers the proposed question (or a revised question).  The paper will  have an argument, supporting evidence, and will make use of appropriate scholarly sources (as determined in conversation with your faculty advisor).
    11. Research paper is due at the end of the semester, or at the end of the internship period, if it is longer. If the internship goes beyond the semester, students may receive an In Progress grade, with their advisor's approval.


    INTERNSHIP POLICY-International

    1. Students must complete a Learning Agreement (available at http://www.plu.edu/~intern/student-learning/home.html), before starting the internship.  Credit will not be given to students who have had an internship experience and THEN come to Global Studies chair seeking to gain credit.
    2. Six months before the study-away program start date students must secure a PLU faculty internship advisor who will be responsible for the academic portion of the internship.  The advisor will assist in supervising the student during the course of the internship.  Faculty advisors will determine the frequency with which they will electronically consult with advisees to evaluate their progress. It must be a minimum of 3 times during the semester, and no more than once every two weeks.  Students must have a work-site supervisor who will guide the student in the workplace.
    3. Students will also need to secure a work site supervisor in the country in which they will be working.  Consult with your program director.
    4. The actual internship work of the student must relate in some way to the students' concentration in Global Studies.
    5. Students should bear in mind that it is up to the individual faculty member whether or not to act as a faculty advisor.  Faculty are not compensated for advising internships: this is unpaid overtime. As such, Faculty are encouraged to be discriminating about accepting Internship Advisees.
    6. It is the student's responsibility to contact your faculty advisor prior to and throughout your internship.
    7. It is the student's responsibility to complete and turn in a Written Proposal, signed by the student, faculty advisor, work-site advisor (if possible), and Global Studies chair.  You must turn in two copies of your proposal: (1) to your faculty advisor, and (1) to the Global Studies Chair.
    8. The Proposal will include:
      1. The question the student seeks to answer through their internship and research.
      2. An explanation of how the internship will relate to the student's concentration.
      3. A bibliography of at least 5 scholarly sources that address the question.
      4. An estimated contact hours at the internship
      5. A detailed explanation of the students' expected responsibilities at the work site.
      6. Anticipated dates of meetings with advisors.
    9. Students will keep a Journal that records the students' experiences in the workplace, and analysis of those experiences.  This should be a sustained journal, maintained consistently throughout the internship, and should be of substantive content. Students may submit the journal to their faculty advisor either periodically, or as a whole at the end of the semester.
    10. Students will supply an annotated bibliography of sources appropriate for considering your topic (as determined in consultation with your advisor). These can include primary sources, secondary sources, and original data.
    11. Students will complete a Research paper that answers the proposed question (or a revised question).  The paper will: Have an argument, demonstrate supporting evidence, and will make use of appropriate scholarly sources (as determined in conversation with your faculty advisor).
    12. Research paper is due upon return from study-away program.