Student-Originated Studies: Nonprofit Internships


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

public and nonprofit administration, public policy, urban studies

This program is intended for students who have completed work in community learning programs (such as The Business of Art ) and are prepared to complete an internship in a public or nonprofit agency.

Prior to the beginning of spring quarter, interested students must consult with the faculty about their proposed internship and/or course of study. Contracts that are completed before the beginning of spring quarter will be given priority.  All contracts must follow the college procedures for internships. While students are encouraged to seek out their own internship possibilities, we will work with campus resources and the faculty member's contacts to identify internship possibilities in public and nonprofit agencies.

Students will hold 20-28 hour/week internships (depending upon amount of credits: 12-16 variable option) and will come together as a class on Fridays to study more about doing nonprofit work through seminars, lectures, guest speakers and/or films. There will be common readings and individual written assignments.  The faculty member will work with the interning agencies, making at least one site-visit to each agency during the quarter and meeting regularly with students outside of scheduled class times as needed.  Internships must be located in the Seattle/Portland I/5 corridor or on the Olympic Peninsula within a reasonable distance (i.e., Mason County).   Participation in the weekly class meeting is required – no internships located nationally or internationally will be sponsored.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Public and nonprofit administration, arts administration, cultural and historical preservation, advocacy and social change, community studies, management and organizations.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: Class meets from 9-4pm on Fridays.  Students are expected to work at their internship sites Monday-Thursday (or weekends with approval).


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning

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Date Revision
March 19th, 2014 This program is offered to Sophomores through Seniors.
April 19th, 2013 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Variable Credit Options

12-16 credit options available upon consultation with faculty.

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Signature Required

Students must complete an In-program Internship Learning Contract (designed for this program) in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising.  Qualified students accepted until the program fills.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 30380
(1-16 credits): 30394

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