Department of Social Change and Development (SCD) believes that
a crucial component of the educational experience involves
student learning to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in
practical situations. Through practice, students discover the
usefulness of social theory and method. To meet this need for
practical know-how, SCD has developed an internship program and
is now placing most of its students in various organizations
covering a wide range of interests.
program is rooted in the idea that the modern university in a
democratic society should play a role in preparing students to
participate actively in shaping their communities. Internships
encourage students to think seriously about what they have
learned in the classroom in the context of everyday activities
meant to bring about progressive social change. Through its
students, the university increases its presence in community
light of the fact that so many Americans have become
distressingly apathetic and increasingly disinclined to join
civic organizations and share in political activities, SCD's
emphasis on democratic participation takes on a special
significance. The extent of political disaffection may be
attributable, in part, to a sense that politics is too far
removed from the daily realities facing most Americans.
Internships provide access to local politics so that students
may feel that they can make a difference.
And, of course, the
SCD internship program helps students prepare to take their
place in society upon graduation from UW-Green Bay. Students, by
working directly with community organizations, develop ideas
about where they want to work in the future, and they can
develop further the skills and experiences that will prove
useful throughout their careers.
students to find internships they wish to pursue and then work
closely with the department to arrange the field work and other
internship components. There are four reasons for this: (1)
There is a better match between student interests and the needs
of external organizations when students seek out opportunities;
students know themselves, their interests, and the capabilities.
(2) By student's personally establishing contact with an
organization/activity of their interests, the working
relationship is strengthened. (3) There is a great diversity of
interests among SCD majors; students often have more knowledge
of opportunities than do their instructors because students are
intimate with their field of interests. (4) Searching for and
obtaining internship opportunities prepares students for life
beyond college, where success depends on knowledge and
Nuts and Bolts
The basic requirements for doing an
internship in SCD are as follows:
- Students must be majors in Social
Change and Development to potentially secure an internship.
- Internships must be
compelling and relevant to the major.
- Internships are
negotiated in advance and organized through the office of the
internship director (Andrew Austin is currently internship director,
MAC Hall A326).
- Qualified students must have a
minimum of 45 credit hours prior to doing an internship.
- Students must perform 45 hours of
service for each hour of academic credit, up to a maximum of six
- Internships may be undertaken during
either the Fall or Spring semesters, or during the Summer (but
arranged either at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters).
- Students are expected to keep a
daily journal of activities, which they will submit as part of the
final portfolio (submitted to the internship director).
- Students are expected
to write an issue-oriented research paper (approximately
1000-2000 words) on a relevant topic to be proposed and negotiated with
the sponsoring professor.
- Students will also write a
paper summarizing what they have learned during the internship.
- The field supervisor will submit a
written evaluation of the student's performance in the internship.
SCD has access to a wide range of organizations in the Green
Bay community. What follows is a partial list of internship sites where
SCD students have in the past been placed and that may be currently
available. As noted above, we encourage you to look for internships in
your field of interests.
- Southeast Asian Community Center (concerned with easing the
transition for Southeast Asian immigrants in Green Bay)
- N.E.W. Community Shelter (a shelter for homeless
- Crossroads (a shelter for
homeless women and families)
Help of Wisconsin (working with prison inmates)
- The Center Project (concerned with HIV- and
Violence Center (a shelter for women and families facing domestic
- Ethan House (a home for
young males who have experienced problems at home or with the
- Sanger B. Powers
Correctional Center (a minimum security facility aimed at
- Neville Public
Museum (concerned with Wisconsin history)
- Heritage Hill State Park (concerned with Wisconsin
- Legal Services of
Northeastern Wisconsin (provision of legal services for indigent
Assistance Program (a branch of the Brown County Prosecutor's
- The Salvation Army (aimed
at helping poor and homeless people get back on their feet)
- St. Vincent De Paul (Paul's Pantry)
(provides food for the poor and