Internships, practicum, independent studies, and concurrent learning allow students to:
- obtain learning experiences central to educational goals;
- pursue a topic in greater depth than a classroom setting allows; and,
- put theoretical learning into practice outside the University setting.
Internships and practicums are field-based learning activities that take place in an applied setting (business, community organization, high school, senior center, etc.). The student is evaluated by the internship/practicum supervisor. Unlike internship placements at the Master’s level (which have the purpose of professional training), undergraduate internships and practicums focus on five primary goals which:
- allow students to provide service to the community;
- provide students opportunities to apply classroom learning to community problems;
- allow students to learn new theoretical ideas in experiential contexts;
- expose students to “real-life” social conditions of various work places and populations; and,
- give students the opportunity to explore particular work roles and settings in order to make better career choices.
Another option, the Independent Study, is an activity in which the student pursues specific reading, writing, research, experiences and/or competencies on their own, based on a contract established in advance with the evaluator.
Concurrent Learning refers to a course taken at another institution and transferred to Antioch.