Involvement is Par for the Course
For University of Wisconsin-Green Bay students, giving back to the community can be as much a part of their studies as all-night cramming sessions at the Cofrin Library or their 8 a.m. coffee stop before Economics 202. In fact, many at UW-Green Bay regard involvement as central to the school's Green Bay Idea of an Educated Person, and the new Learning Experience Initiative. Examples can be found across campus.
Internships in Urban and Regional Studies
The student internship in Urban and Regional Studies offers you a unique opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience by working in public, private, and non-profit businesses and organizations where you gain a valuable introduction to work opportunities in your future career. The internship experience will help you to finalize your career plans and objectives and will become a valuable part of your professional resume.
The faculty in Urban and Regional Studies has maintained regular student internships for undergraduate students with numerous organizations in northeast Wisconsin, including the Bay-Lakes Planning Commission, Brown County Planning Department, De Pere Planning Department, Green Bay Planning Department, Green Bay Housing Department, Green Bay Transportation Department, On Broadway, Inc., Oneida Tribe of Indians, and The United Way of Brown County.
Other students have arranged summer internships with architectural firms, planning departments, local governments, and other businesses and organizations in their home communities.
Do I qualify for an Internship?
Students who have a major in Urban and Regional Studies and related disciplines (including economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology) may register for an internship with public, private, or non-profit organizations in Green Bay, northeast Wisconsin, or in their home community. The student must be of junior or senior standing (60 credit hours toward graduation completed) and have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher. We expect that students will have completed several of the core courses as well as other upper-level course work in Urban and Regional Studies before registering for an internship.
So how many credits Do I Get?
Internships may be taken for 3-12 credit hours, depending upon the actual time spent working on the internship. Most students sign up for 3 credits. You will need to plan on 10-12 hours per week to earn the 3 credits of internship experience; usually this can be accomplished by work three half-days at the internship agency. During the regular semester, this means that you should expect to spend approximately 150 hours on the internship.
When should I do the internship?
You may register for internships during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. We encourage students to continue their internships for a two-semester period: this gives more "on the job experience," allows the internship agency to make full use of your talents, and gives you a definite advantage when preparing your resume when you graduate.
So how do I get an internship?
You should begin planning for your internship the semester before you think that you will register for the internship. Be certain to attend the URSA Major meetings where information about internships is discussed. You will need to identify an area of interest that you want to pursue in your internship--are your primary interests in urban and regional planning? housing and housing policy? community economic development?
Make an appointment with your faculty advisor to discuss your areas of interest and internships that may be available for the coming semester. Your faculty advisor will then contact the organization to arrange for your internship, and give you the name and address of your contact person (internship supervisor).
Prepare a resume and letter of introduction for the internship agency where you will be working. You will need to give the resume and letter to your faculty advisor for approval before sending this material to the supervisor at your internship agency.
Call the internship agency to make an appointment for an interview with the internship supervisor. At this interview you should be prepared to discuss your knowledge and experience in the field, while the internship Supervisor will discuss the work to be performed during the internship period. You should remember to treat this interview in the same manner that you would treat a regular job interview!
Following the interview, you will need to complete the internship form with your faculty advisor. After this form is submitted to the Registrar's Office, you are officially signed up for the internship--and then you will need to complete the written contract with the supervisor at your internship agency. Once you start working at the internship, you will need to keep in regular contact with your faculty advisor to let us know how things are going--and if there are any special problems that develop during the semester.
Keep a daily journal (or log) of your work activity at the internship agency. At the end of the semester, you will complete a written report that describes your work activities and that evaluates your internship experience. You should include a copy of all reports, memos, tables, maps, or other documents that you may have assisted in researching or producing during the internship.
How are student internships graded?
The Internship Supervisor at the internship agency is asked to provide a written summary of the student's performance during the semester. This information will be shared with the student at the end of the internship period. The final grade for the internship is based upon the written evaluation of the Internship Supervisor and the final paper submitted at the end of the semester. In other words, the final grade is based on the quality of your work performance, as assessed by your Internship Supervisor, and by the quality of the final report and other submitted material, as assessed by your faculty advisor.
Urban and Regional Studies Student Interns... Making a difference in their community!
For an overview of internship opportunities, including a copy of the form that students must complete with their faculty supervisors, check out the information at the UW-Green Bay Career Services website.
HUD: Student Internship Opportunities: http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/jobs/internship.cfm