Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Experiential Education (Spring 2021)

Pursue a virtual internship in another country. Work on critical issues such as food insecurity or access to education. Or be part of a community arts project.

Now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a meaningful internship or service initiative and earn academic credit.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be able to register for the Experiential Education opportunities via WebAdvising during the Spring Registration Period.

Please note: On-campus students’ internships or service learning placements must be virtual; students will not be able to leave campus for on-site work.

Union offers the following menu of internship opportunities for academic credit in Spring 2021:

Virtual Internship Courses

Student-arranged Internship Courses

TAB 202T Global Virtual Internship Courses

Virtual Internship Courses

Students can pursue a virtual internship with one of our external partners as part of courses supervised by a Union faculty member.

Educational Psychology Internship: KIPP NYC (EXP 246)
Dean Fredricks

Students will participate in either a virtual or in-person internship for approximately 10-12 hours per week at a KIPP NYC middle or high school. KIPP NYC is a network of 15 free public charter schools serving nearly 6,000 students in grades K-12 and 2,000 alumni through college and career. KIPP NYC is guided by five operating principles: high expectations for all; focus on character; highly effective teachers and leaders; safe, structured, identity-affirming environments; and KIPP through college. As part of their placement, students will work with KIPP NYC teachers to develop instructional and emotional support plans to guide them through remote or hybrid learning. Students will tutor and mentor middle or high school students, help with college preparatory activities, and potentially lead groups of students in social and emotional learning and enrichment activities. Students will connect their hands-on experiences with developmental and educational psychology readings, reflective writing assignments, and weekly class discussions. Registration is by instructor permission. In case of excess demand, remote students will have priority.

Health Leads (EXP 202)
Director of Leadership in Medicine, Joanne FITZGERALD

Founded by a sophomore at Harvard in 1996, Health Leads began as a student volunteer organization with students working alongside patients at a nearby medical center on issues related to food security, housing, child care and other essential needs. Today, Health Leads is a sector change leader. Having scaled up the model created and adapted over the past two decades, Health Leads is now working locally and nationally to break down systemic barriers to health. Description: Up to four students can pursue a health-care related internship opportunity with Health Leads. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Joanne Fitzgerald at fitzgerj@union.edu. Registration is by instructor permission. In case of excess demand, remote students will have priority.

Student-arranged Internship Courses

Students can pursue their own interests, secure internships and receive academic credit with the following requirements:

  • at least 100 hours of work over 10 weeks at placement
  • weekly assigned readings
  • weekly check-ins with supervising faculty member
  • reflective writing (e.g., a journal)
  • final paper or project

The standard student-arranged internship requires the student to recruit a faculty member to supervise the experience and evaluate its academic component. The form to fill out to receive academic credit can be found here. The Becker Career Center is available to help with resume preparation and to provide tips on finding internships.

In Spring 2021, we are offering the following specialized student-arranged Internship opportunity:

Real-World Writing (EXP 207)
Director of Writing Programs, Joseph JOHNSON

Open to students who arrange their own internships that involve writing (broadly conceived). This course is an opportunity to reflect on your "real-world" life as a writer and enhance your ability to talk with others about their writing. We'll study the role of writing in professional and academic contexts, paying special attention to themes of audience, genre, and context, as well as agency, motivation, and creativity. We will think deeply about how we write and why, and we'll spend significant time sharing both our writing and writing practices. During the first few weeks of the course, students will propose a "real-world" writing project connected to their internship. Students will plan, draft, and revise this project throughout the term. The final project will be submitted during exam week, along with student plans for publication of their work. [Counts as a WAC course.] Registration is by instructor permission. In case of excess demand, remote students will have priority.

Students who register for EXP 207 must complete this form in order for their registrations to be confirmed: https://union-college.formstack.com/forms/application_for_internship_credit

In the “Rationale” and “Academic Work Description” boxes, enter “EXP 207”. Enter “EXP 207” for the course number, and “Joe Johnson” for the faculty supervisor. You do not need a faculty advisor or department chair signature. You *will* need to submit dated documentation in writing from your internship supervisor that includes a description of the tasks that you’ll be undertaking.

TAB 202T Global Virtual Internship Courses

We are working with our study abroad partners to offer virtual internships around the world based on students’ thematic areas of interest, academic courses of study and career aspirations. Students will earn one academic course credit from the internship class provided by faculty from one of our three global partners. Priority will be given to those whose programs were suspended due to COVID-19 in spring, summer and fall of 2020. Knowledge of the host country language is not required, with the exception of Italy, where there may be placements that have a language requirement.

No matter “where in the world” you intern, you will take an internship class to help you engage academically, professionally and experientially with your organization. An onsite internship coordinator will provide support, integration and guidance for success.

Once you register for the TAB 202T Virtual Global Internship course, the International Programs Office will follow up with details regarding placement with partners. Depending on the placement, there is a process to petition for major and minor course credit, as appropriate.

Registration deadline per the Dean of Studies was February 1st. Registration is now closed.



Areas of focus: arts, political engagement, education, business/finance, women's economic empowerment, STEM

Interns will develop their professional capabilities while exploring the international working world and a potential career path. Students’ interests, background, and language abilities will be matched with the needs of an organization in a country offering a new workplace culture and unique opportunities to engage with potential career paths. The internship course will contextualize interns’ roles and responsibilities as they learn to navigate an international workplace with professionalism and take ownership of their own experiences. With the Union cohort interning across four different countries, in-class discussions are not only beneficial to professional growth, but they also provide a broader, comparative perspective of the working world.

Previous internship placements include working in finance at Ernst & Young in China; developing and optimizing Python models at energy company CEZ Group in Czech Republic; doing translation and data analysis and learning about women’s economic empowerment at the Middle East Children’s Institute in Jordan; and working on logistics for international art fairs at the Taiwan Art Gallery Association.

All majors and minors are welcome to apply.

CAPA - Australia, Argentina, China, Ireland, Italy, England, Spain

Areas of focus: arts, political engagement, education, women's empowerment, STEM

Gain international work experience and develop global professional competencies through these remote internships. In a world becoming more reliant on connecting, collaborating and performing virtually, these internships educate, enable and empower students to develop skills today that prepare for employers' needs of tomorrow.

Union and non-Union student participants will take part in a weekly course designed to help them prepare for future endeavors, whether that means entering the job market or applying to graduate school. Coursework includes reading and writing assignments, building an e-portfolio, developing an “elevator pitch” presentation, completing mock interviews, creating an online professional presence, giving a final presentation and conducting industry field research work.

The remote internship with CAPA gives students access to many global cities and a variety of placement opportunities. For example, over the past decade, Union students on CAPA programs in London have worked in healthcare and education at Royal Free Hospital Children's School, done research at the Institute of Economic Affairs and served as political interns with the Green Party.

All majors and minors are welcome to apply.

Registration deadline per the Dean of Studies office was February 1st. Registration is now closed.