Students are supported throughout the World Studies Program by their Academic Advisor, Plan Sponsor(s), Director of World Studies and Director of International Services. The World Studies Program hosts events 1-2 times a semester for the WSP student cohort. These may be dinners or field trips. The purpose is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between faculty, staff and students involved with WSP. Upon entering the program, students will be expected to fill out an Advising form for World Studies.
Support During Internship
For most World Studies students, the internship is the centerpiece of their four-year undergraduate education. It is the means by which theories and ideas studied in the classroom are put to the test in the "real" world. The experience is inevitably one of intense educational impact and personal growth.
With the support and guidance of faculty sponsors and World Studies staff, students find their own internships in organizations and design independent research that complements their positions. Internships may be volunteer, stipended, or paid. Hosting organizations usually are able to provide some compensation for interns, perhaps in the form of room and board, airfare, visa assistance or money for supplies. Internships are 6-8 months in duration.
Some Recent Internships Include:
- Teaching foreign languages in Brazil
- Children's literacy in indigenous languages in Ghana
- Research on malnutrition in a children's hospital in Kenya
- Disaster relief and reconstruction of a hospital in Guatemala
- NGO work addressing environmental issues in China