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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 499
Course Title: Internship
Number of:
Credit Hours 3-6
Lecture Hours 0
Lab Hours 1-3
Catalog Description:

Students complete 45 hours of experiential work for each credit hour. Students typically work in a non-profit social service agency under the direct supervision of a designated agency employee. The placement itself is directed by a faculty member who must approve, and coordinate the placement. Grades are assigned as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). A weekly seminar will examine professional and developmental issues related to the experience and assists students in integrating the knowledge, values and skills of practice in the human services field. Prerequisites: Senior standiong, HUMS 495 as a prerequisite or corequisite, all core HUMS requirements, minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at time of registration of internship.  Students may register for no more than 12 human service internship credits during their time at Columbia College.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Senior standing, HUMS 495 as a prerequisite or corequisite, all core HUMS requirements. Min. 2.5 GPA at time of registration of internship. Students may register for no more than 12 human service internship credits (399 and 499 combined) during their time at Columbia College.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbook listed is not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course. Many suitable textbooks are available, from various publishers and the following list is not comprehensive. Other textbooks may be judged by individual instructors to be more suitable. Textbook chosen should include theory and technique appropriate for baccalaureate level practice.

Getting the Most from Your Human Services Internship: Learning from Experience
By Kiser, P. (Brooks/Cole)
Navigating Human Service Organizations
By Gibelman, N. (Lyceum Books)
Course Objectives
  • To promote advanced personal and work skills.
  • To explore career options in areas related to human services.
  • To promote learning through practical experience.
  • To increase personal understanding of the Human Services profession.
  • To explore ethical concerns as they occur in internships.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate relationship of internship activity to human services coursework.
  • Demonstrate increased personal understanding of the relevant systems as a consequence of internship activities.
Topical Outline:
  • Locate human services internship with assistance of appropriate faculty member and career services coordinator
  • Complete internship contract with guidance from supervising faculty member and career services coordinator
  • Complete internship orientation prior to beginning internship
  • Complete 45 clock hours of internship work for each hour of academic credit (135 hours for three hours of credit)
  • Complete all work agreed upon in the internship contract
  • Periodically reporting to supervising faculty member. Submit a final report on the internship to include a weekly journal of internship activites, a reflection on the internship provider and its role in government (whom the provider serves, how it achieves its goals, its role in society, etc.) and a personal evaluation of the internship experience.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 10

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Michael Perkins Date: March 18, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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