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.
OPTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE REQUIREMENT:
- Students who entered Dickinson in Fall 2018 or later have two options: Registered Internship Notation Program (INP), and Registered Internship while Studying Abroad. These options are described below.
- Students who entered Dickinson in Fall 2017 or earlier have three options: Registered Internship Notation Program (INP), Registered Internship while Studying Abroad, and Approved Work Experience. These options are described below.
Resources available to help a student find and prepare for an internship:
- Students can utilize Career Center resources 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, Associate Dean and Director of Internships.
- Students should check the Career Center website for internship postings and watch for specific emails regarding announcements, opportunities, and application deadline dates.
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 the internship. While enrolled in the INP, the student 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 internship 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”) This option is only available to students who entered Dickinson in Fall 2017 or earlier.
- 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.
Updated June 2018