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Internship

Internships allow students to apply the liberal arts skills of research, writing and analysis in work-world situations, thereby enhancing the development of these skills. A credit-bearing internship has a significant faculty-guided academic component, which provides a valuable learning experience for the undergraduate and makes a meaningful contribution to the student's program of study and their internship experience. It should require use of research, writing and/or analytical skills and include a specific project to be accomplished in the designated time period. The internship class incorporates intentional reflection which assists students to develop their academic, personal, and career development goals.

Brandeis awards academic credit for the completion of an internship in conjunction with a faculty-led internship course. Brandeis offers three different forms of credit-bearing internship courses and course offerings vary by academic program and semester. Internship Seminars, which include weekly meetings as a class, are offered by departments/programs under the course number 89. Independent Internship & Analysis courses, which are individually arranged by a single student and instructor, are offered under the course number 92. Research-based internship courses, which are individually arranged by a single student and instructor around a research project, are offered with the course number 93 and the course title Research Internship.

All internship courses are subject to the normal enrollment deadlines; specific directions for registering can be found on the Schedule of Classes each semester. Participation is normally limited to juniors and seniors. International students wishing to complete internships must enroll in an internship course, meet visa requirements and obtain approval from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for all internships.

The maximum number of internship credit hours a student may receive towards their undergraduate requirements (including fall, spring, and summer internships) is eight (8) credits in total. Students may enroll in additional internship for credit courses, but will not earn credit towards the 128 required for graduation. No retroactive credit will be granted.

INT 89a and b
INT 89a and b is an undergraduate 2-credit course offered in fall and spring. This course is available in addition to the Brandeis internship course offerings related to specific academic areas. INT 89a and b allow students from any discipline to enroll, giving all students the opportunity to combine instructor-guided academic assignments and intentional reflections with a related, concurrent internship while developing their academic, personal, and career development goals. Once an approved internship is identified, students enroll in INT 89a and b in the fall or spring with instructor's permission. Students whose major or minor offers an internship option should first seek to enroll in those courses instead.

International students are generally not eligible for INT 89a and b due to U.S. student visa restrictions. International students interested in U.S. internships should first seek to enroll in the department course number 92 within the major. In certain circumstances, international students can enroll in the INT 89a and b only if the department course number 92 in their major has been satisfied and the INT 89a and b internship credit counts towards satisfying course credit requirements in the major field approved by the major department.

INT 92g
INT 92g is an undergraduate 1-credit course offered in the summer that allows students to receive Brandeis credit for a summer internship through additional academic coursework. An appropriate summer internship must include site work with a minimum of 100 hours over the course of at least 5 weeks during the summer. Students must complete the required LATTE online academic requirements by the due date and arrange for their internship supervisor evaluation to be received by the instructor prior to the stated deadline in the syllabus. For international students, enrolling in INT 92g provides academic credit for an internship in their major area of study during the summer.

Students interested in this option should obtain an offer letter from their internship organization, including details of the internship duties, dates and supervision. Students then submit the online Learning Agreement. Once the internship is approved for the course, the student may enroll through the normal summer registration process. International students must first enroll in the INT 92g and then obtain the appropriate internship authorization (CPT/Academic Training) from the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) prior to beginning the internship experience.

Students may earn one (1) hour of elective credit for each summer INT 92g internship completed. The credit may be applied as general credit toward graduation or may be applied toward fulfillment of major requirements with approval of the major department. The maximum number of Internship credit hours a student may receive towards their undergraduate requirements (including fall, spring, and summer internships) is eight (8) credits in total. Any internship obtained that would put over the credit limit cannot be earned for credit. No retroactive credit will be granted.

International students wishing to withdraw from INT 92g must first obtain approval from ISSO before terminating the internship. Not doing so may cause a violation of student visa status.

Courses of Instruction

(1-99) Primarily for Undergraduate Students

INT 89a Academic Year Internship
Yields half-course credit.
Assists students to think critically about the organization and industry in which they are currently interning, while developing and articulating their "personal narrative" as a result of the experience. While the internship is the "lab", students will use assignments, reflections and class meetings to analyze their experience and to develop and articulate their academic, professional, and personal goals. Usually offered every year.
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INT 89b Academic Year Internship
Yields half-course credit.
Assists students to think critically about the organization and industry in which they are currently interning, while developing and articulating their "personal narrative" as a result of the experience. While the internship is the "lab", students will use assignments, reflections and class meetings to analyze their experience and to develop and articulate their academic, professional, and personal goals. Usually offered every year.
Staff

INT 92g Summer Internship
Yields quarter-course credit.
Usually offered every summer.
Staff

Independent Internship Courses

AMST 92a Internship in American Studies
Off-campus work experience in conjunction with a reading course with a member of the department. Requires reading and writing assignments drawing upon and amplifying the internship experience. Only one internship course may be submitted in satisfaction of the department's elective requirements. Usually offered every year.
Staff

ANTH 92a Internship and Analysis
Students may take no more than one departmental internship for credit.
The department sponsors internships for junior and senior majors and minors. Internships combine off-campus and on-campus work that provides a significant anthropological learning experience and academic study supervised by a departmental faculty sponsor. Majors may substitute one internship for the ninth elective course option. Students doing summer internships register for course credit in the following fall semester. A minimum GPA of B+ in anthropology courses is required for eligibility. For additional information, see the Guidelines for Anthropology Internships, available from the undergraduate adviser. Usually offered every year.
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CAST 92a Internship and Analysis in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation
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CLAS 92a Internship
Two semester-hour credits; yields half-course credit.
Usually offered every year.
Ms. Koloski-Ostrow

COML 92a Internship and Analysis in Comparative Literature and Culture
Usually offered every year.
Staff

ECON 92a Internship
Signature of the undergraduate advising head required. Does not count toward the major in economics.
Available to economics majors who wish to do an internship as part of an interdepartmental program (e.g., legal studies, environmental studies), where the internship itself will be in an area related to economics. Any economics major not seeking credit for such a program should enroll instead in BUS 89a, an internship class connected to the business major and minor (see Business section of the Bulletin for the course description). Usually offered by request.
Staff

ED 92a Education Internship and Analysis
Usually offered every year.
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FA 92a Internship and Analysis in Studio Art
Usually offered every year.
Staff

FA 92b Internship and Analysis in Art History
Students may petition to receive credit for internships completed in museums, galleries and arts institutions. Student must get a faculty sponsor with whom they will agree in advance on the internship and requirements for receiving credit. Art history credit can also be earned by completing one of several internships offered at the Rose Art Museum for which students apply in the spring semester for the following academic year. At the Rose, focus may center in the areas of education, registrar, exhibition installation, or curatorial work. All student applications to the Rose, with preference given to upperclassmen, must be endorsed by a faculty recommendation. Usually offered every semester.
Staff

FILM 92a Internship in Film Studies
Usually offered every year.
Staff

FREN 92a Internship
May be taken with the written permission of the Undergraduate Advising Head.
Combines on- or off-campus internship experience related to French and Francophone studies with written analysis under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Students arrange their own internships. Counts only once toward the fulfillment of requirements for the major or the minor. Usually offered every semester.
Staff

HISP 92a Internship in Hispanic Studies
Written permission of the Undergraduate Advising Head required. Students may take no more than one departmental internship for major credit.
Internships combine off-campus and on-campus work, supervised by a departmental faculty sponsor, that provides a significant learning experience in Hispanic cultural academic study. Students doing summer internships register for course credit in the following fall semester. Junior or Senior Hispanic Studies majors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Hispanic Studies courses may substitute one internship for an elective course. Usually offered every year.
Staff

HIST 92a Internship in History
History internships allow students to gain work experience and to improve their writing and analytical skills. Although non-credit internships are an option, students seeking course credit must obtain approval from the History internship supervisor in advance, and normally complete some written work under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Students may count one HIST 92a toward completion of the major or minor. Usually offered every semester.
Staff

HSSP 92a Internship and Analysis
Staff

IGS 92a Global Studies Internship
This course is offered only for non-IGS majors, or for IGS majors engaged in approved credit-bearing internships who have been exempted from IGS 89b. Signature of the IGS internship coordinator is required. Usually offered every year.
Staff

IGS/LGLS 92b Internship & Analysis Brandeis in The Hague
Course to be taught at Brandeis program in The Hague.
Usually offered every year.
Mr. Gaskins

IIM 92a Independent Interdisciplinary Major Internship
Staff

IMES 92a Internship
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INT 92g Summer Internship
Yields quarter-course credit.
Usually offered every summer.
Staff

ITAL 92a Internship in Italian Studies
May be taken with the written permission of the Undergraduate Advising Head.
Combines on- or off-campus internship experience related to Italian Studies with written analysis under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. This may include study-abroad documented projects. Students arrange their own internships. Counts only once toward the fulfillment of requirements for the Minor or the Independent Major. Usually offered every semester.
Staff

JOUR 92b Contemporary Media Internship
Prerequisite: JOUR 15a or 138b. Enrollment by Program Director permission only.
A directed reading designed for students who are unable to complete JOUR 89a in the fall. Permission must be obtained from the program director a full semester in advance. Usually offered every year.
Staff

LALS 92a Internship
Combines off-campus experience in a Latin America-related internship with written analysis under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Students arrange their own internships. Counts only once toward fulfillment of requirements for the major or the minor.
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MUS 92a Internship and Analysis
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NEJS 92a Internship and Analysis in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Usually offered every year.
Staff

PAX 92a Internship in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies
Usually offered every year.
Staff

PHYS 92a Research Internship, Off-Campus
Prerequisite: Permission of the undergraduate advising head.
Same as PHYS 93a but work is performed off-campus. Work done off-campus must be presented in the same forms to the appropriate research group during the semester following completion of the work. Usually offered every year.
Staff

POL 92bj Internship
Offered as part of JBS program.
Staff

PSYC 92a Internship and Analysis in Psychology
Provides an opportunity for the student to supplement an off-campus internship experience with a related academic project. The specific requirements of the research component are negotiated by the student and the sponsoring faculty member. Usually offered every year.
Staff

RUS 92a Internship
Usually offered every year.
Mr. Powelstock

SAS 92a Internship
Combines off-campus experience in a South Asia-related internship with written analysis under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. Students arrange their own internships. Counts only once toward fulfillment of requirements for the minor.
Staff

SOC 92a Internship and Analysis in Sociology
Combines off-campus experience and social scientific inquiry. Under the supervision of a faculty sponsor, students apply sociological methods of analysis to an internship experience. Students develop a specific plan of study with a faculty member in the relevant field prior to undertaking the internship. Open to sociology majors with adequate related prior course work and with permission of the instructor. Usually offered every year.
Staff

THA 92a Internship in Theater
All THA students completing internships for credit must enroll in this seminar.
This seminar continues the process of experiential learning through the completion of various projects that utilize the resources of the professional theaters in the Boston area. Usually offered every year.
Staff

WMGS 92a Internship and Analysis
Usually offered every semester.
Staff

Internship Seminars

BUS 89a Work in the Global Business Environment: Internship and Seminar
Does not meet the requirements for the major or minor in Business.
Normally students arrange an internship placement prior to registration and the internship is concurrent with the seminar. Students wishing to fulfill the internship component during the summer must obtain approval from the instructor prior to the internship and then enroll in the following fall (or spring) semester. The course will meet every other week and a structured journal documenting the internship experience is required as a basis for seminar participation. The course encourages students to pool experiences and lessons drawn from various business environments and to analyze and discuss them in the context of related readings. Usually offered every semester.
Mr. Suderow

COSI 89aj Research Internship
Full-time internship with at least 300 hours from August to December. Students blog about their internship, comment on classmates blog entries and write papers about their internship and its role in the world. Offered as part of JBS program.
Staff

ENVS 89a Environmental Internship
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The environmental studies internship provides the opportunity for students to experience firsthand actual environmental challenges in government, industry, public interest organizations, and scientific research institutions. Students tackle current environmental issues alongside professionals in the environmental field, experiencing the real-life context and application of their course work. Weekly discussion groups and assignments provide perspective and a substantive basis for the internship experience, and students present their work at the semi-annual Environmental Internship Symposium. Internship placements are individually tailored to support each student's academic goals and experience. Usually offered every semester.
Ms. Goldin

HSSP 89a Internship and Analysis
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Prerequisite: Open only to HSSP majors.
A supervised internship in a health care or policy organization. Internships may include work in a department of public health, hospital or health care agency, health advocacy organization, or other appropriate government or private-sector organization; but regardless venue, the internship itself must focus on some aspect of health and public service and be approved by the HSSP internship instructor prior to receiving a registration permission code. Students are required to attend a weekly internship course and write several 7-10 page papers that require reflection on and analysis of your experience. Usually two sections are offered in the fall semester and one section is offered in the spring semester.
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INT 89a Academic Year Internship
Yields half-course credit.
Assists students to think critically about the organization and industry in which they are currently interning, while developing and articulating their "personal narrative" as a result of the experience. While the internship is the "lab", students will use assignments, reflections and class meetings to analyze their experience and to develop and articulate their academic, professional, and personal goals. Usually offered every year.
Staff

INT 89b Academic Year Internship
Yields half-course credit.
Assists students to think critically about the organization and industry in which they are currently interning, while developing and articulating their "personal narrative" as a result of the experience. While the internship is the "lab", students will use assignments, reflections and class meetings to analyze their experience and to develop and articulate their academic, professional, and personal goals. Usually offered every year.
Staff

JOUR 89a Contemporary Media: Internship and Analysis
Prerequisite: JOUR 15a or 138b.
Brings together students who are independently engaged in various media internships and provides an opportunity for them to exchange their experiences with other students and to discuss and analyze related readings. Students who choose to satisfy the journalism minor's internship option must take this course. Usually offered every year.
Staff

LGLS 89a Law and Society Internship and Seminar
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Prerequisites: LGLS 10a and one other LGLS course or permission of the instructor. To obtain an internship, students must discuss their placements with the LGLS internship director by April 15 for fall term internships or by November 15 for spring term internships. This course may not be repeated for credit.
A biweekly class, a supervised law-related internship in a public agency or nonprofit organization, and a related research paper. Internships are twice per week for not more than 15 hours per week. Examples of internship activities include investigating discrimination cases, negotiating between consumers and small business, and attending criminal and family courts. Internships must be arranged through the program administrator. Usually offered every semester.
Ms. Stimell

PAX 89a Internship in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies
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Prerequisite: Students must complete an eight- to ten-week full-time internship during the summer before the semester in which the student plans to enroll in this course.
Weekly seminar for students who have undertaken a summer internship related to peace, conflict, coexistence, and related international issues. Examples of internship sites include arts organizations, international courts and tribunals, human rights organizations, and democracy organizations. Students write extensively about their internship experience in the context of previous academic work that they have done in PAX, politics, anthropology and other disciplines. Usually offered every semester.
Mr. Fellman

POL 89a Political Science Internship
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Students in the course examine political issues alongside professionals in the field. Students will evalute the applicability of political science theories and concepts to real-world politics. Seminar meetings and assignments provide perspective and a substantive basis for the internship experience. Usually offered every year.
Mr. LaRochelle

SJSP 89a Social Justice, Social Policy Internship
To obtain an internship for the fall term, students must discuss their placements with the SJSP internship instructor by April 15.
Supervised internship in a social justice, social service, social policy, or social research organization. Students will meet as a group and will complete research assignments. Usually offered every year in the fall semester.
Ms. Stimell

WMGS 89a When Violence Hits Home: Internship in Domestic Violence
Combines fieldwork in domestic and sexual violence prevention programs with a fortnightly seminar exploring cultural and interpersonal facets of violence from a feminist perspective. Topics include theories, causes and prevention of rape, battering, child abuse, and animal abuse. Internships provide practical experience in local organizations such as rape crisis, battered women's violence prevention, and child abuse prevention programs. Usually offered every fall.
Ms. Hunter

Research Internship and Analysis

BCHM 93a Research Internship and Analysis
Supervised research experience in a Brandeis University laboratory. In consultation with a Brandeis Biochemistry department faculty member, the student will design and execute an individual research project, culminating in an oral and written presentation. Usually offered every year.
Staff

BIOL 93a Research Internship and Analysis
Supervised biological research experience in a Brandeis University laboratory. In consultation with a Brandeis faculty member, the student will design and execute an individual research project, culminating in an oral and written presentation. Students seeking to do biology research in Brandeis laboratories outside the biology department must obtain sponsorship of a biology department faculty member as well as permission of the departmental BIOL 93a coordinator. This course is not intended to and will not provide credit for off-campus internships. BIOL 93a is offered both semesters but is a one-semester course and may be taken only once. Students must petition the department for permission to enroll in BIOL 93a. Course requirements include laboratory research, a written report and an oral presentation, as specified in the BIOL 93a petition. Students wishing to do a summer internship for academic credit must obtain permission from the BIOL 93 coordinator and their biology department sponsor prior to commencing the internship; complete the summer internship (a minimum of 10 weeks full-time); and complete the appropriate academic work. Credit will be awarded via the student enrolling in BIOL 93a in the subsequent fall term. BIOL 93a may also be used as one of the two courses needed for Senior Research (see BIOL 99). Usually offered every semester.
Staff

COSI 93a Research Internship and Analysis
Provides students with an opportunity to work in a computer science research lab for one semester, pursuing a project that has the potential to produce new scientific results. Students and the faculty member mutually design a project for the semester that supports the research agenda of the group. Students must attend all research group meetings and present their findings in oral and written form at the end of the semester. The project typically includes background research, some lab work, and collaboration with other group members. Course requires signature of the instructor, is subject to the availability of undergraduate research positions, and is typically open only to juniors and seniors.
Staff

NEUR 93a Research Internship and Analysis
Supervised biological research experience in a Brandeis University laboratory. In consultation with a Brandeis faculty member, the student will design and execute an individual research project, culminating in an oral and written presentation. Students seeking to do neuroscience research in Brandeis laboratories outside the neuroscience program must obtain sponsorship of a neuroscience faculty member as well as permission of the neuroscience Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH). This course is not intended to and will not provide credit for off-campus internships. NEUR 93a is offered both semesters but is a one-semester course and may be taken only once and not before the fall of junior year. Students must petition the department for permission to enroll in NEUR 93a. Course requirements include laboratory research, a written report and an oral presentation, as specified in the NEUR 93a petition. Students wishing to do a summer internship for academic credit must: obtain permission from the neuroscience UAH and their neuroscience sponsor prior to commencing the internship; complete the summer internship (a minimum of 10 weeks full-time); and complete the appropriate academic work. Credit will be awarded via the student enrolling in NEUR93a in the subsequent fall term. NEUR 93a may also be used as one of the two courses needed for Senior Research (see NEUR 99). Usually offered every semester.
Staff

PHYS 93a Research Internship
Prerequisite: Permission of the undergraduate advising head required.
The physics research internship provides students with an opportunity to work in a research setting for one semester, on-campus, pursuing a project that has the potential to produce new scientific results. Student and faculty members mutually design a project that supports the research agenda of the group. Students must attend all research group meetings and present their findings in oral and written form at the end of the semester. The project typically includes theoretical, computational, and/or laboratory research, and may involve collaboration with other group members. In some cases, credit toward the physics laboratory requirement may be given. Course requires signature of the instructor, is subject to the availability of undergraduate research positions, and is typically open only to juniors and seniors. Usually offered every year.
Staff

PSYC 93a Independent Research in Psychological Sciences
Supervised research experience in a psychology laboratory environment, culminating in a research proposal or report. Usually offered every year.
Staff