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    The Internship Requirement

    The BA in Children's Studies requires an internship or practicum.  Students receive academic credit as interns by working with employers in positions related to their career interests. The internship is a collaborative learning process initiated by the student and facilitated by their academic advisor, their site supervisor, and the Career Services Internship Office.

    Students primarily initiate the internship process. However, it is a good idea to talk with your faculty advisor, check out resources in the Children's Studies office, visit with a Children's Studies peer mentor, and/or visit the EWU Career Services Internship office for ideas about possible/appropriate internship sites and contacts.

    The Children's Studies major requires 4 credits of internship or a total of 160 hours. However, your internship does much more than just meet your degree requirement; it is a way for you to strengthen your resume, build your career portfolio, and extend your professional network. Students can elect to take 1-2 credits a quarter for several quarters rather than all 4 credits in one quarter.  They can also elect to work with different employers in different quarters.  In a typical quarter, the number of hours per week you would work on site would follow the guideline below:


    1 credit = 4 hours per week
    2 credits = 8 hours per week
    3 credits = 12 hours per week
    4 credits = 16 hours per week


    Registering for Internship Credits

    To register for internship credits, see your faculty advisor to complete a Special Course Approval/Registration Form.  Internship course is designated as CDST 495 (or other advisor-approved departmental internships).  It is expected that students have declared a major and have completed a significant amount of their course work that can be applied to the work place.  Students must be senior standing (have completed a minimum of 135 credits) in order to register for the internship.

    Completing the Learning Contract

    The Learning Contract is "the link between the student, the work-site supervisor, the Internship Office, and the internship faculty advisor.  It is the key document that ensures that everyone involved is 'on the same page.'"

    The Learning Contract outlines expectations, roles, and responsibilities for the student, the site supervisor, and the academic advisor.  It also outlines the process of documentation. It is important to complete this document early with both your site supervisor and your academic advisor.  Be sure that you understand expectations on the job, any academic assignments associated with the internship (e.g., reflections, journals, self-evaluations) and how you will be evaluated for the final grade.

    Please be sure that you read and understand the Internship Guidelines and the Learning Contract and that you meet the deadlines for submitting the learning contract and site evaluations.  See the link below for more information:

    Career Services Set Up An Internship

    Potential Internship Sites


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    For more information:
    Washington State Commission for National and Community Service
    PO Box 43134
    Olympia, WA 98504-3134

    Phone: 360.902.0656
    Fax: 360.902.0414

    Cheney Parks & Recreation:

    Youth Sports Coach- these positions will be filled as leagues arise

    Office Volunteer:
    Office volunteers will create and maintain a consistent schedule of weekly hours. The responsibilities of the office volunteers will vary based upon needs. Activities may involve researching within or outside the community, seeking alternative funding, creating or implementing programs or events, and working directly with the general public and Community Recreation Director.

    Program Volunteer:
    Program volunteers will work specifically with individual programs. The volunteer must coordinate with the program staff and Community Recreation Director to determine their role with the program. Examples of program volunteer opportunities include swimming lesson assistants, after school program volunteers, youth day camp volunteers, ect.

    On Call Volunteer:
    The Cheney Parks & Recreation department is creating a volunteer call list. These volunteers will be utilized on a limited basis and only contacted when there is a direct need. Often times this will be for the creation and implementation of special events, or for specific one-time assignments.

    For volunteer applications or more information, please contact:
    Paul Simmons
    Community Recreation Director
    Phone: 509.498.9295

    Crescent Core Cheney Alternative Middle School

    The Crescent Core is an alternative learning environment designed to meet the needs of students who have not found success in the traditional school setting. The program serves 6th-8th grade students in a multi-age setting with an integrated curriculum.

    For more information:
    Administration Building
    520 4th Street
    Cheney, WA 99004

    Phone: 509.559.4586
    Fax: 509.559.4575

    Empowering Inc.

    "Play with a purpose"
    Empowering, Inc. utilizes a series of fun, hands-on activities that include cooperative games, problem-solving initiatives and trust elements. Dedicated to improving the lives of people in our community with guided experiential activities.

    For more information:
    Empowering Inc.
    PO Box 8318
    Spokane WA 99203

    Phone: 509.624.7104
    Fax: 509.624.2634

    Lutheran Community Services

    Volunteer Opportunities:
    Internships: students at local universities are provided with exceptional opportunities for growth and learning.

    For more information:
    Leslie Larsen, B.S.
    Prevention Outreach Specialist
    210 W. Sprague Ave.
    Spokane, WA 99201-3816

    Phone: 509.747.8224
    Direct: 509.343.5060
    Fax: 509.747.0609

    Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc.

    Volunteer Opportunities:
    Volunteer at MDA events, such as:

    Volunteer as a counselor at the 2005 MDA Summer Camp
    *We have applications for both of these volunteer opportunities in the Children's Studies Office (WLM 315A).

    For More Information:
    Sydney Pifer
    Health Care Service Coordinator
    101 W. Indiana Avenue
    Spokane, WA 99205

    Phone: 509.325.3747
    Toll Free:

    SPOC of Spokane

    Support for Parents Overcoming Challenges! SPOC is a vibrant and multi-service organization offering social services and childcare for some of Spokane's most vulnerable families (low-income families, families with parents overcoming addictions and other challenges.

    For more information:
    SPOC of Spokane
    4001 N Cook St.
    Spokane, WA 99207

    Phone: 509.482.SPOC
    Hours: Monday through Friday
    8:30 am to 5:00pm

    Spokane Parks and Recreation

    Needed: Volunteers for summer youth and children's camps

    For more information:
    Spokane Parks and Recreation Department - Alice Busch
    808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., 7th Floor
    Spokane, WA 99201-3317

    Office: 509.625.6245
    Cell: 509.981.2542
    Fax: 509.625.6205

    Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery

    For more information:
    Patty Bender
    Volunteer Director
    1004 E. 8th Avenue
    Spokane, WA 99202

    Phone: 509.535.3155
    Fax: 509.524.7099


    Contact Information

    Children's Studies
    122 Senior Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.4826
    fax: 509.359.6475

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