Internships

Internships and job opportunities are available throughout the metro area at nonprofit organizations, human services agencies, the public sector and private firms, which need and value diversity literacy.

REGS Internship Program

REGS 484 is an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain hands-on work experience while learning in on- or off-campus placements. Students engage in the ongoing effort to integrate research with social activism as they apply academic knowledge to their work experience and consider how practical experience informs or alters theory.

Students may also earn one to four credit hours for internships with regional and national agencies.

Internship requirements

  • Internships must be planned and established prior to the beginning of the semester during which you will earn credit. You should begin planning at least two months in advance. However, the actual internship experience takes place during the semester when you are registered for the course.
  • Internships must be clearly differentiated from Independent Study projects. Internships are not usually research based, though an agency may ask you to do research for them during your work there as part of your learning experience.
  • Internships must be new, agency-based, participatory learning experiences. An existing job cannot be used as an internship.
  • An internship requires a written agreement between you and your supervisor in the agency about what your duties will be, how the agency expects to provide you with a positive and diverse learning experience, how the experience will relate to your minor coursework and how your performance will be evaluated. All this information must be recorded on your internship application form.
  • REGS internships may not be concurrently used for additional credit under a different course number in a different department.

Internship objectives for students

  • Apply feminist, queer and critical race theory to real-life, professional contexts
  • Use professional communication skills with supervisors and colleagues
  • Reflect on individual responsibilities and ethics in a workplace situation
  • Explain how work experience informs career and educational choices

Academic requirements

  • Permission of the internship coordinator
  • Students will receive credits based on the number of hours they work
    • Four hours of work per week = one credit hour
    • Seven hours of work per week = two credit hours
    • Ten hours of work per week = three credit hours
    • Twelve hours of work per week = four credit hours
  • Students will meet three to four times with the internship coordinator and other students enrolled in the internship course. These meetings are designed to provide a forum in which all of the internship students in a given semester may collectively discuss and present the academic issues relevant to their internship. The times and location of the meetings will be determined at the beginning of the semester.
  • Students are responsible for completing the assigned readings for the internship meetings.
  • Students are required to keep a journal of their intern experience. The journal will be due in three installments (due dates will be determined at the beginning of each semester).
  • Students will write a descriptive paper (five to seven pages) about their internship activities and experience. This paper is due on the Friday before finals week unless otherwise noted.
  • A student’s course grade is based 50% on performance at the site and 50% on academic work.

Finding an agency

It is your responsibility to identify an agency and set up the internship. Most students select an internship from those available from the internship coordinator. However, you may develop placements through your own contacts. In some cases, the coordinator and student may be able to develop a new placement specifically for that student’s needs.

Setting up your internship

  • Call the contact person and arrange to discuss internship possibilities with them.
  • Bring a resume that details your skills, abilities, interests and goals. Contact UMKC Career Services for help.
  • Find out more about the agency before the meeting. This is a good practice for any job search.
  • When you meet with the contact person, find out about the kind of work they are offering, what the hours will be and any special training they might offer. You need to know who your mentor/supervisor will be and should make arrangements for regular meetings.

You will need these forms from the internship coordinator

  • Contract: Completed by the student and mentor/supervisor and returned to the internship coordinator
  • Agency guidelines
  • Evaluation form: Your supervisor must return this to the internship coordinator by the last day of finals for you to receive a grade

 

Internship Coordinator

Brenda Bethman

Associate Teaching Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Email: bethmanb@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-1643