Total degree hours: 126
Research Internships Process
All community development students are required to complete a research internship which normally takes place after the student’s junior year, during the summer and/or the first semester of the senior year. Department faculty work with students and partner organizations in the field to design, support, and evaluate these research internships. Internships may be taken for 3-6 credits for a 12-week internship and 3-12 credits for a 24-week internship, but only three credits may be used towards meeting the requirements for the major, any additional credits serving as electives towards graduation. The internship must occur in an intercultural setting for it to meet the COR 337 Intercultural Experience requirement and the student should register for COR 337 the same semester they register for CDV 480.
The internship placement process includes a series of personality, psychological, and physical assessments conducted by staff of the Priesthill Center and a local healthcare provider that works with the department. These assessments enable the department to identify the best possible placement for each student. Students are charged non-refundable intern placement fees totaling a maximum of $400 as assessments occur throughout sophomore and junior years prior to the internship. Additional costs will be incurred if students miss scheduled appointments. Students are also required to get a nation-wide background check, currently $37, at their expense following instructions provided by the department.
CDV interns must be in good academic standing. If a student exhibits behavioral, emotional, spiritual, social, or physical struggles inconsistent with an intensive cross-cultural internship, the department can determine the student is no longer suitable for the internship. Students should be aware that some internship hosts require a minimum institutional GPA of 2.75.