The application period for the Summer Immersion Internship Programs has closed.
To learn more about the program, check below.
Experiential Learning at Puget Sound offers two different Summer Immersion Internship Programs, each designed to support talented Puget Sound students who wish to enhance their knowledge on a career trajectory. The two different programs allow us to fulfill each student's unique needs.
Participating Pierce County organizations take on a Puget Sound student for a ten-week internship over the summer. Time is set aside in both programs for students to engage in a academic educational component, within which they learn how to critically reflect on their intern experience. They will have the opportunity to connect this experience with their Puget Sound academic discipline. Students who are selected will engage in ongoing reflection and self-assessment culminating in a final presentation at a campus symposium in the fall.
The Summer Fellowship Internship is designed to support Puget Sound students who want to gain career experience and increase their knowledge, but would not otherwise be able to participate in an unpaid internship program.
The Summer Academic Internship is designed to support Puget Sound students who want to gain career experience and increase their knowledge while earning academic credit.
The central objective of this is course is to provide students with an academic framework that informs, supports and expands their internship learning experience. There is a strong tradition that field experience – in the broadest sense of the word – can be an important part of a college education. In very specific ways, internships represent a form of field experience (sometimes also referred to as experiential learning). From a student perspective the primary aim of an internship should be an educational one, which is to inform and enrich the learning experience; it is not – as is often commonly perceived – to gain work experience, to facilitate entry into the workforce, or as an alternative to coursework. However, beyond stimulating academic inquiry and enriching the college learning experience, such an experiential-based undertaking fosters, among other things, civic engagement, personal growth and leadership skills – all keys components of a liberal arts education.
The internship experience for each student will necessarily be distinct and unique. As such, an important component of this course requires that each student develop at least three specific learning objectives beyond those defined in the syllabus. These learning objectives will be established in the learning agreement that is cooperatively created by the student and employer. All internship learning agreements will be reviewed and require instructor approval. Students must work for a minimum of 20 hours per week over the course of 10 weeks.
Apply for the Summer Academic Internship
(Application Period Closed)
Apply for the Summer Fellowship Internship
(Application Period Closed)
Important Dates for Summer '17:
Info Sessions (Howarth 101):
Document Review for Interns with CES: Wednesday, February 15, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Application Deadlines: Monday, February 20, 8:00AM
Offer Day: March 31
Austin Colburn (SIIP '16) explains how his internship has helped him plan for the future.
Emma Ferguson (SIIP '16) describes her transformative internship experience.