Internships

Professional Internships in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish are field and/or research experiences in cooperating professions (business, schools) or community organizations. These professional internships are supervised by a faculty member in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. The internships enable selected students to apply their skills in foreign language and culture to a real-world setting. The professional internships represent an exchange between the University and the greater Charlotte community which is encouraged in the hope and belief that interaction and cooperation between the two will result in benefits for the student, the community, and the University.

The content of the internships will be identified in a contractual agreement between the student, the department, and the cooperating profession or organization. The amount of academic credit to be awarded (1-6 semester credit hours) is determined by the total number of hours of field experience indicated in the contract. Generally, the credits to be awarded are based on the following schedule:

1 credit hour   =

45 work or work-related hours per semester
(equivalent to 3 hours of work per week)

2 credit hours  =

90 work or work-related hours per semester
(equivalent to 6 hours of work per week) 

3 credit hours  =

135 work or work-related hours per semester
(equivalent to 9 hours of work per week) 

4 credit hours  =

180 work or work-related hours per semester
(equivalent to 12 hours of work per week) 

5 credit hours  =

225 work or work-related hours per semester
(equivalent to 15 hours of work per week)

6 credit hours  =

270 work or work-related hours per semester
(equivalent to 18 hours of work per week) 

The total number of work hours for academic credit may be completed within any approved time frame, e.g., 1 credit hour (45 work hours) may be earned by working nine hours per day for five days, rather than by working three hours per week for 15 weeks.

A maximum of 3 credit hours for internships may be applied to the major or minor in German or Japanese at either the undergraduate or graduate level, upon departmental approval. Three additional credit hours may be counted as a University elective. Internships in French and Spanish are offered on a Pass/No Credit basis only, and therefore they do not count toward the major or minor. However, French and Spanish students may receive elective credit for such courses.

All French, German, Japanese, and Spanish language internships will have (1) a non-academic component supervised by personnel at the site location, and (2) a related academic component supervised by a French, German, Japanese, or Spanish faculty member in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.

To register for a Professional Internship in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish, a student must prepare a proposal specifying the non-academic setting in which the experience will take place, the supervisor overseeing this activity at the site, the faculty member who has agreed to direct the related academic component, the number of work hours and of credit hours to be awarded, and a description of the work activity for both the academic and the non-academic components. Internship Form.

All proposals for a Professional Internship in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish must be submitted by the student intern via a faculty sponsor for prior approval by the Department of Languages and Culture Studies.

Updated April 30, 2001, by Robert Gleaves