An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. Internships may be paid or unpaid.
The Career Services office has an excellent Internship Toolkit to help you create a successful internship experience – visit https://www.westga.edu/student-services/careerservices/ and click on the “Welcome Employers” link to see the publication. You can post internships through Career Services or contact specific academic departments.
Service Learning Partnerships
Your organization may be able to partner with a faculty member on a project where students receive academic credit as part of a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Planning such a partnership will usually take several months.
Contact the Office of Community Engagement and we will share the idea with potential faculty partners and set a meeting with interested faculty and the Community Partner to discuss. If it seems feasible, faculty & Community Partner will move forward with establishing learning objectives, curriculum, expectations, etc.). You are also welcome to contact faculty directly to explore these opportunities.
Extra Credit for Community Service
We are occasionally approached by non-profits who wonder if faculty will give students “extra credit” for doing community service activities. If you e-mail a complete description of the opportunity to firstname.lastname@example.org, we are happy to share it with faculty to see if there is interest. However, please remember that most faculty complete their syllabi several weeks before a semester begins, so will not be able to insert extra-credit opportunities on short notice.