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Internships are comprised of two components: fieldwork at an
internship site in Worcester or the greater Boston area and
academic work in an internship seminar, such as Ethical Issues
in Professional Life, Social Justice, or Legal Issues. If a
seminar topic is not appropriate to the internship, tutorial
work with an individual faculty sponsor may be arranged. Each
student is expected to spend eight hours per week on the job
and another three or four hours on the academic component. One
unit of academic credit is granted for the Academic Internship.
Admission is open to third- and fourth-year students by application.
of Available Academic Internships
thirty years the Holy Cross Academic Internship Program has
offered students, in every discipline, the opportunity to obtain
practical field experience as part of their academic plan of
study. The Program is administered by the Center for Interdisciplinary
and Special Studies and directed by the Associate Director of
CISS and is available to students in their 3rd or 4th year.
Nearly 1/4 of all HC students participate in the Program.
The internship course provides students' with a unique opportunity
for learning about particular fields through a combination of
direct hands-on experience and formal study and is designed
to compliment the more traditional curriculum. While the main
intent of the program is to provide students with an experiential
learning opportunity in their chosen fields, it also provides
an opportunity for career exploration.
internship is a full credit one semester course comprised of
both an analytical and experiential component. The experiential/fieldwork
component is undertaken at an agency or site in the Worcester
or Boston area requiring an eight hour per week commitment.
The analytical component is in the form of either a weekly seminar
or tutorial with an individual faculty member. This component
provides a forum for critical analysis of the work that the
student is doing in the field.
find that the internship component provides them with an opportunity
to learn directly from professionals working in the field, gain
valuable hands-on experience, and to apply the theoretical training,
analytical capabilities and research and writing skills that
they have developed at the College.
for experiential learning
to critically analyze numerous issues faced by different professions
professional experience in your chosen field
to learning situations not available at the College
to apply what you have learned at Holy Cross
valuable and important contacts
written and oral skills
service to society and develop notions of citizenship
The College maintains formal relationships with nearly three
hundred internship sites in the Worcester, Providence and Boston
areas. These sites are regularly reviewed and evaluated. CISS
collects and houses agency descriptions and student evaluations
of available internships. Whenever a student interns at an agency
CISS maintains contact with the agency through-out the semester
informing them of the College's expectations, securing evaluations
of the students work and interceding if any problems arise.
semester 3rd and 4th year students submit a formal application
to the Academic Internship Program. Upon acceptance into the
program it is the responsibility of the student to pursue an
internship through the resources of the CISS. Advising is available
if needed but students are encouraged to take the initiative
in securing an internship. Students are required to sign up
for an appropriate internship seminar or directed study.
Program offers a one credit experiential learning opportunity
as a part of the College's curriculum, combining the experiential
with the analytical, in a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary
student is required to spend eight hours per week at a selected
internship site. The College has established an extensive and
varied list of internship placements. Through consistent oversight
and evaluation of all of our internship sites we have been able
to insure that students are offered a substantive learning experience
at their chosen placements. Since our program is designed to
serve the needs of all disciplines at the College our placement
opportunities cover a wide range of public, private and independent
sector organizations concerned with healthcare, law, business,
education, social service, government, and communications.
student must register for a designated internship seminar as
the analytical compliment to their fieldwork. Internship seminar
offerings vary from semester to semester depending upon need
and interest but generally cover such areas as: legal issues,
management/ leadership, ethical issues in professional life,
healthcare management, gerontology, and social justice. Each
seminar meets for two hours per week and provides, through selected
readings and student presentations, an opportunity to critically
analyze their fieldwork and issues facing their agencies.
whose internship falls outside, of the purview of the offered
seminars will work individually in a directed study with a faculty
sponsor. This generally entails weekly meetings to discuss a
series of selected readings related to the student's fieldwork
and a major research project critically analyzing that work.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
is by application and is open to all third and fourth year students.
meeting is held during the first month of each semester and
applications are available at that time for the following semester.
Applications are also available at the CISS office anytime after
I find an internship?
resource room houses information on all of the internship possibilities
plus evaluations of these internships by former Holy Cross students.
Students put together a list of prospective sites and call the
How is the College involved in my internship?
The College maintains informal contracts with nearly three hundred
internship sites, which are reviewed and evaluated on a regular
basis. When a student is accepted at a site CISS contacts the
agency and informs them of the College's expectations of both
the student and the agency and sends them materials on the program.
At mid-semester the agency supervisor is contacted by the faculty
sponsor for a verbal evaluation of the student's work. At the
end of the semester the agency is required to submit a written
evaluation to CISS.
is the difference between an internship, work-study and volunteer
is paid employment with job experience. Volunteer work is job
experience, but usually not substantive, without compensation.
An internship is not only work experience but also has a mentoring
component where you are taught the work of the agency. In addition,
the academic component provides you with an opportunity for
critical analysis of this work.
internships can I do at Holy Cross?
are allowed to do one internship through the Academic Internship
Program. Other programs, e.g. Washington Semester, Gerontology,
Deaf Studies, etc. may have their own internship requirements.
I work out my schedule with classes and an internship?
realize that your primary responsibility is to your class work
and they are generally flexible in arranging a work schedule.
OF RECENT INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS
Abels & Sherrend Architects
Auburn High School
Auburn Youth and Family Services
Center for AIDS Research
Central Mass Agency on Aging
Civil Liberties Union
Donahue; Rauscher, McGrail & Tupper Law Offices
Elder Services of Worcester
Environmental Protection Agency
Fallon Medical Center
Foothills Theater Company
Hillside Veterinary Hospital
Law Office of Tom Millotte
Lian, Zarrow, Eynori & Shea Law Offices
Massachussets Housing Alliance
Northwestern Mutual Life
Office of U.S. Senator John Kerry
Rainbow Child Development Center
Reardon and Reardon Law Offices
St. John's High School
St. Vincent's Hospital Worcester
Telegram & Gazette
The Catholic Worker
UMASS Medical Center
US Bankruptcy Court
WCVB - Channel 5 Boston
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester Chamber of Commerce
Worcester Foundation for Bio/Medical Research
Worcester Housing Authority
Worcester Juvenile Court
Worcester Rape Crisis Center
"The people I worked with were very supportive and very
committed to helping me learn and leave with an increased knowledge
and understanding of public affairs. "
E D I CA L C E NT E R
"Dr. Lancey understands the intensity of the workload and
time commitment ... he was very dedicated in making sure I knew
what was going on at all times and taught me a great deal about
the role of a physician. "
"They were extremely committed to me as an intern and didn't
just treat me like unpaid help. I loved it and, with the seminar
to provide context for my work experience, I learned so much.
agency was very excited to have a Holy Cross intern and really
liked the fact that the College was supervising my experience
and requiring an academic component. They were very committed
to giving me the best opportunities."
MASSACHUSETTS HOUSING ALLIANCE
intensity and commitment of this agency to making me understand
the way things worked was very strong. They gave me a great
deal of responsibility. "
LAW OFFICE OF TOM MILLOTTE
Millotte was truly dedicated to teaching me as much about the
practice of law as he could in one semester. He allowed me to
assist on cases and to accompany him in court. This experience,
along with my Legal Issues seminar really gave me a good sense
of both the practice and theory of law and helped with my future
Application and Other Forms (requires
Agency Data Form
Summer Internship Address Form