The Academic Internship Office fully supports Pacific Lutheran University’s Integrated Learning Objectives and the Internship Office helps to fulfill the university’s Integrated Learning Objectives:
- The pursuit of an internship and the internship experience provide a forum for understanding the interconnections between the liberal arts and sciences.
- The pursuit of an internship and the internship experience provide a forum to explore and apply an in-depth knowledge of a specified area of knowledge.
- Through facilitating students’ informal self assessment and perceived “salable” skills; how their skills and capabilities are perceived from an employer’s perspective.
- In helping students assess how to best represent themselves to a potential employer.
- In helping students reflect on how their academic program has helped them to prepare for an internship and how their studies will be integrated into the work they will be doing.
- In the development of a professional vocabulary as we work together.
- In understanding the difference between a student mind-set and a professional presence.
- In the creation of a letter of application.
- In the development of professional telephone skills In the preparation for an interview.
Interaction with Others
- Through events like the Career & Internship Fair and the Etiquette Dinner.
- Through informational interviews and other interactions with professionals in the fields of their interest.
- In helping the student clarify what they want to learn and what kind of a work environment they are seeking to learn it.
- In helping students assess employer values and identifying how it matches theirs.
- In providing information on what employers are seeking in their candidates and helping the student reflect on whether it matches them.
- Help the student examine the employer and assess the dimension of diversity that exists by the very nature of the variety of things that are done in the workplace.
- Draw the student’s attention to workplace interactions, the diversity of perspectives on the work itself as well as problems and issues that arise in the workplace (from co-workers and leadership) and what they can learn from that, including that in the documentation of their learning experience.