Internships

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The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures encourages its undergraduate students to apply their cultural knowledge and language skills through faculty-sponsored internships related to their target language of study.  SLLC majors who find and secure an internship can gain valuable experience, create professional portfolios, and lay the groundwork for their careers.

Enrollment Process

SLLC majors who secure an approved internship and faculty sponsor will sign up for XXX386, e.g. FREN386, JAPN386.  Faculty members must be full-time, teaching faculty in SLLC. They may not be graduate assistants, adjuncts, or non-teaching administrators.

To receive the necessary permissions to register for any 386 section, students should bring a copy of the signed SLLC Internship Contract to the Undergraduate Office in JMZ 1104.  The faculty-sponsor of the course should keep the original contract. 

Credits and Grading

Students may earn three to six credits in any semester and may take the course for a letter grade or as Pass/Fail.  The course may or may not count toward students’ major requirements or as an Advanced Studies course but will count toward upper level credits for graduation.  Approved internship sites may be on or off-campus and may be paid or unpaid.  Students may receive credit for up to 12 internship credit hours.

Work Load

Students should choose the credit level (minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 in any semester) that corresponds to the number of hours they will work on-site. Students are expected to work 135 total hours for 3 credits, 180 total hours for 4 credits, 225 hours for 5 credits, and 270 total hours for 6 credits. Over the course of a full semester, it is expected that students will work 12-15 hours per week for a 3-credit internship and 20-25 hours per week for a 6-credit internship. In addition, there is an academic component that will require papers, meetings, journals, etc.  Specifics of this academic component are determined by the faculty sponsor of the internship.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must have a major in SLLC

  • Internship must be in an SLLC field/have an SLLC focus

  • Student must have completed 12+ credits on campus (more than 60 cumulative credits)

  • Student must have a 2.5 minimum GPA

An exception may be made for otherwise qualified students who fail to meet the above criteria due to unavoidable academic circumstances.  Students may submit a detailed explanation, as well as any relevant documentation, to their internship faculty sponsor.   

Contact

Direct any questions regarding internships to:

Adrianna Atkinson
Student Services
301-405-4023
aatkins2@umd.edu