Engaged learning provides students with practical experience in the use of the foreign language and the opportunity to develop cultural competence under the supervision of practicing Sponsors in different professional fields. It affords experiences that will help students attain beginning professional competence and develop self-confidence. It offers students the opportunity to test their aptitude and commitment to a field of professional activity and help clarify future career goals. In terms of general educational and performance goals, interns are expected to:
Outcome 1: Linguistic Proficiency
Demonstrate linguistic competence necessary to converse with native speakers on a level that allows the student to fulfill the duties agreed upon.
Outcome 2: Professional Literacy
Summarize and explain the professional policies and practices of the community partner.
Outcome 3: Cultural Competence
Summarize and explain the main historical, social, and economic events that contributed to the community partner’s identification of the need for the services provided.
Outcome 4: Engaged Learning
Assess partner's fulfillment of the need and the quality of the service provided.
The specific nature of the internship will depend on the sponsoring entity and its needs. A successful internship requires that the Sponsor provide a meaningful experience for the student by allowing him or her to understand clearly the role of the professional in that setting, and that the intern provide assistance to the Sponsor. Potential activities in which students may be involved include but are not limited to:
To be eligible to begin an internship, student first be accepted into the MA, and complete an application form (Appendix A) before registering for an internship.
Each student will meet with the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss the possible placement sites for the internship and the selection of a faculty member to serve as faculty supervisor. The placement will be determined by the Sponsor’s needs, the student's professional interests and goals, and the advisor's assessment of student's potential to be a successful intern. Students must come to the meeting prepared to discuss the professional area(s) in which they are most interested and the type of Sponsor for which they most wish to work. The acceptance of an intern candidate is solely at the discretion of the Sponsor.