To fulfill the requirements of the INBM major, a student must complete at least one field experience. The experience should be a meaningful, professionally oriented activity. This requirement allows a student to apply and expand classroom knowledge, gain experience valued by employers and graduate schools, and explore career choices.
A student may fulfill the field experience requirement by successfully completing a registered internship OR by engaging in an approved work experience.
WHAT ARE THE THREE MAIN OPTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE REQUIREMENT?
Registered Internship Notation Program (INP)
- The student participates in an internship while registered with the Internship Notation Program (INP).
- The INP is Dickinson’s official program for recognizing an internship. The experience is documented on the student’s transcript as INTR 764 with a "PA" grade. The credit awarded for INP will not replace one of the 32 courses required to earn a Dickinson degree.
- The student registers for the INP at the start of his/her internship. While enrolled in the INP, she/he attends their internship and completes reflective assignments throughout the experience.
- The INP staff coordinates all necessary paperwork and approvals with the INBM department.
- For additional information on the INP, see the program’s website or contact Amity Fox, Director of Internship Programs.
Registered Internship while Studying Abroad
- Options in this category vary depending on the study abroad program; a student should ask about internships opportunities while exploring approved off-campus programs. Examples include:
- Interning while studying at The Washington Center or the Dickinson in New York program
- Completing the Intercultural or Internship Seminar while interning in Malaga, Bologna, or Toulouse
- Completing the INP while interning in Moscow, Bremen, Norwich, or other abroad locations
Approved Work Experience (the traditional “Field Experience”)
- The student must hold a relevant position, i.e., work experience, for at least 120 hours.
- This position must be approved – ideally in advance to insure it will satisfy the requirement – by the student’s academic advisor.
- Upon completion of the work experience, the student must submit two types of documentation. The first is a letter from the student’s work supervisor describing the position. The second is a reflection essay by the student.
- Detailed instructions and the deadlines for this documentation are available here. These documents should be submitted to the INBM Department Coordinator.
What resources are available to help a student find and prepare for an internship or approved work experience?
Students may utilize Career Center resources and services as early as their first-year. From individualized appointments and drop-in hours, on- and off-campus programs, to online resources and alumni groups, students can work with the Career Center to explore opportunities and potential career paths, connect with alumni, and identify opportunities to meet their interests. For INP specific questions, please contact Amity Fox.
Students should check the Career Center Website for opportunities and watch for specific emails regarding announcements, opportunities, and application deadline dates.
It is strongly suggested that students contact the Career Center (717-245-1740) to set up an appointment to start working on internship plans.
Updated August 2016