Internships and Independent Study

Overview

MENAS provides an opportunity for students who are interested in working in public and non-profit organizations and agencies through for credit Internships. Middle Eastern and North African Studies majors / minors may receive up to three units of MENAS credit.

Guidelines

MENAS provides an opportunity for students who are interested in working in public and non-profit organizations and agencies through for credit Internships. Middle Eastern and North African Studies majors / minors may receive up to three units of MENAS credit.

Students are expected to write a 5 page paper; it will include reflection of the experience and discuss how the knowledge gained in the classroom was represented in the internship experience.

 

Students must meet the following criteria to qualify to pursue an internship:

  1. Be in good academic standing with the University of Arizona and have maintained at least a 2.00 grade point average (major and cumulative) at the University of Arizona prior to enrolling for an internship.
  2. Have completed at least one full-time semester at the University of Arizona.
  3. Have completed at least one course in MENAS or similar subject area.
  4. Be currently enrolled at The University of Arizona.
  5. Be a declared major or minor in the department offering the internship. (Non-Majors and minors can earn elective credit but are held to the same standards and requirements.)        [Note: Students in the Honors College should consult with an Honors College advisor regarding Honors credit for an internship.]

Application Procedure:

  1. Student is responsible for making the necessary contacts and securing the internship site by arranging an interview/meeting with the Organization Contact or Internship Supervisor.
  2. Student meets with the Internship Instructor to determine the suitability of the proposed internship.
  3. Student and the Internship Supervisor complete the Middle Eastern and North African Studies Internship Form and the Assumption of Risk and Release Form return to the Academic Coordinator prior to the first day of classes of the particular semester in which the internship is to be completed.
  4. The Internship Instructor will review the application and determine the appropriate number of units. The Internship Instructor and Intern will discuss and generate academic learning objectives. The application will be signed and the student will submit a Change of Schedule form along with the application to the Academic Coordinator.
  5. Student verifies the internship has been added to the semester schedule and pays for credit.
  6. Internship Instructor communicates with the Internship Supervisor and sends the Internship Evaluation Form for completion at the end of the semester.
  7. At the conclusion of the internship:
    1. Internship Supervisor completes and returns the Internship Evaluation Form
    2. Student attends final internship meeting during the last week of classes and turns in paper and Student Intern Evaluation Form.
    3. Internship Instructor assigns a grade. No grade can be given until the Internship Evaluation Form, has been completed and received form the Internship Supervisor and the student has submitted a hard copy of the paper.

Students who wish to pursue an internship agree to the following requirements:

  1. Students must complete this form and obtain all signatures prior to submitting the Intern Application packet to the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Academic Coordinator. Applications must be submitted by the end of the second week of classes.
  2. Some must fill out a Change of Schedule form for internship credit {193/293/393/493] with appropriate signatures to submit along with the Intern Application.
  3. Pay all registration fees associated with the credits to be earned. If you receive financial aid, consult with the Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Office prior to registering.
  4. Discuss with your prospective supervisor at the work site the possible risks and dangers associated with the planned internship. Then complete and sign the Internship Assumption of Risk Release Form and submit it to the department offering the internship course.
  5. Complete all academic assignments and reporting requirements of the internship as specified by the department.
  6. Recognize that you are representing The University of Arizona as an ambassador to the community and abide by the Student Code of Conduct and Code of Academic Integrity.
  7. Understand and follow the policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the sponsoring organization.
  8. Be prepared to perform your internship duties for the hours and duration specified. Talk with the supervisor about any University holidays.
  9. For students in paid internships: indicate on the application form how the internship work hours and duties exceed the normal job requirements with the sponsoring organization.
  10. Ensure that your direct supervisor is able and willing to submit an evaluation on your behalf. Some organizations have personnel policies prohibiting your supervisor from providing a written intern evaluation. If this is the case, special arrangements must be made for your supervisor to speak directly with the course instructor about your performance.
  11. At the conclusion of your internship, complete the Student's Internship Evaluation Form, and give it to the course instructor.

Departmental Agreement

The Department and/or Course Instructor agree to the following upon accepting a student for an internship position:

  1. Select students who are in good academic standing.
  2. Ensure that students are NOT awarded internship credit for their ongoing job.
  3. Inform students of the necessity of complying with pertinent department and workplace policies and procedures.
  4. Require that the instructor documents communications with the student and the work supervisor regarding internship activities.
  5. Notify the student that, unless other agreements are made between the student and instructor, the instructor and department will not be responsible for any financial obligations incurred by the student for his/her participation; this includes, but is not limited to, travel and housing arrangements.
  6. Notify the student that neither the instructor nor the University will be responsible for the payment of any medical care for injuries alleged to have resulted from the student's work experience.
  7. If the student's internship involves doing research with human subjects (e.g., collecting data), make sure that Human Subjects training is provided as appropriate to the student's assignment. [Check the Human Subjects Protection Program to determine if training is needed: http://www.irb.arizona.edu/faqs.html]
  8. Address the kind and amount of compensation (if any) that the department permits for internship credit (e.g., volunteer work, paid employment, a scholarship, room and board).
  9. Send to the supervisor of the sponsoring organization the Supervisor's Internship Final Evaluation for completion, along with an envelope addressed to the course instructor; specify the deadline for this form to be returned to the course instructor.

The sponsoring organization is required to fill out the following form detailing the position and fulfilling any necessary requirements to host or advertise an internship position.

Internship Application Form