Department of Foreign Languages

Guidelines for Internships:


Criteria for Admission

A strong foreign language internship and Learn & Serve Program, which is recognized as such by the university, the students, and the host-organizations, a program, which is truly an enriching experience for students, requires that prospective interns meet a certain degree of preparedness.

  • Students must have all their paper work completed two weeks before the end of classes in the semester preceding the internship. The internship application process typically takes four to five weeks. Due to this time constraint, students are strongly encouraged to start the process early on in the semester preceding the internship.
  • An internship is most appropriate for students who are in the second semester of their junior year or the first semester of their senior year. However, some students who have successfully completed a foreign language course at the 2002 level may be considered in the program. In this case, the student would begin the application process while enrolled in a FL 2002 course. (In some special cases, this requirement can be waived, e.g., for students interested in doing an internship abroad.) Interested students are encouraged to plan their internship ahead of time so that they can prepare themselves for it.
  • A 2.5 minimum GPA is required. This requirement may be waived for French, German, and Spanish B.A. majors who are graduating in the semester system since they are required to do an internship or a study abroad to complete their degree. However, if a French German, or Spanish B.A. major is not deemed ready to undertake an internship, the program coordinator, in consultation with other faculty members, will outline a plan of action to help the prospective intern meet the level of preparedness required to undertake an internship.

Length of Internship and Number of Credit Hours Earned

  • The length of an internship will match the length of a semester: 15 weeks for fall and spring semesters, and a minimum of 8 weeks for a summer semester. (Prospective interns who opt for a summer internship are encouraged to do a 10-week internship.) In rare circumstances, exceptions can be made (e.g. internships abroad) provided that the total number of hours for the credit hours earned is met.
  • The following numbers apply to a regular 15-week semester. (For a summer internship, the number of credit hours will be given according to the total number of hours the intern has spent at the host-organization.) Unless duly justified, no internship will be approved for less than 10 hours per week.

    Number of hours per week Total number of hours Number of credit hours earned
    10-11 150-165 3
    12-15 180-225 4-5
    16-20 240-300 6-7
    21-25 315-375 8-9
    26-30 390-450 10
    31-40 465-600 11-12

Application Process

  1. Please contact the following advisors according to your language interest. Contact Noah McLaughlin for French; Dr. Jaime Cruz-Ortiz for Spanish; Dr. Sabine Smith for German; Dr. Federica Santini for Italian; Dr. Liuxi Meng for Chinese.
  2. PRINT & FILL OUT the APPLICATION FORM.
  3. PRINT & FILL OUT the QUESTIONNAIRE about internships.
  4. Contact a faculty supervisor. (Supervisors: please note the revised Faculty Supervisor Guidelines).
  5. When appropriate, establish contact with a host-organization
  6. PRINT OUT & discuss the LEARNING CONTRACT with the faculty supervisor and the on-site supervisor.
  7. Once an internship has been selected, students will receive the proper agreement, insurance and liability forms from the advisor.
  8. Return all documents (Application Form, Learning Contract, Agreement, Liability and Insurance forms) completed and signed by all parties to your advisor.

To guarantee enrollment in your internship, the deadlines for the completion of the Application, Learning Contract and Insurance forms are as follows:

  • For Summer: April 15th
  • For Fall: August 1st
  • For Spring: November 15th

Exceptions to the above-listed deadlines must be approved, in writing, by Dr. William Griffin, Chair, Department of Foreign Languages. To receive approval you must have your completed Application ready, as well as a valid reason (in writing) as to why an exception should be made for you. Exceptions are approved based on a case by case basis.