EXLN 201: Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) Internship

This course aims to prepare students to apply for and engage in career-related experiences through the lens of reflective learning. Students will be introduced to tools and pedagogy that will support goal setting and readiness for taking their next step along their career journey. Students will participate in a series of personal reflective analyses to uncover their strengths and define their interests in order to have a meaningful career preparatory experience. Students will gain individualized support through the process of finding an experiential learning opportunity that is right for them. Experiential learning fosters, among other things, civic engagement, personal growth, and leadership skills – all key components of a liberal arts education. Ultimately, students will build career knowledge in their area of interest and develop the agency to move confidently toward (or away from) a career field.

After completing this course, students who complete an off-campus internship or comparable experience are invited to participate in EXLN 301 (Experiential Learning Seminar), where they will articulate the narrative of their experience through a showcase ePortfolio and become strong self-advocates, a skill that will benefit them in college and beyond. (Students who secure an eligible experience and register for the Experiential Learning seminar prior to May 1st can request low-cost, on-campus housing during the summer they will be completing their experience.)

During the Spring 2022 semester, 5 sections of EXLN 201 will be offered, capped at 22 students.

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be a Puget Sound student
  • Must be a sophomore (student’s second year attending Puget Sound)
  • Good academic and conduct record
  • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA

    *Exceptions will be considered via petition


EXLN 301: Experiential Learning Seminar

Students who have completed an approved experiential learning activity may enroll in the Experiential Learning Seminar. In this course, we will engage in a series of reflective conversations aimed to create space where students can articulate and refine their narratives surrounding an experiential learning activity, while learning from each other. This course will offer continued career preparation, professional development advice, and support for students who are applying for their next internship, job, volunteer, or leadership experience. This course will culminate with the creation and presentation of a showcase ePortfolio. At the end of this course, students will be able to move confidently toward or away from a chosen career path and will have the ability to confidently articulate what they have learned through their experience and how it has informed their goals moving forward.

BY THE END OF THE COURSE, STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
  • Connect a previous experiential learning activity to academic disciplinary learning. 
  • Identify impactful learning experiences gained through their experience, and thoughtfully reflect upon how those experiences have shaped understanding of self and others.
  • Articulate a compelling narrative of learning through the use of ePortfolio and present their work to the campus community.
  • Create a professional and dynamic ePortfolio that could be shared with potential employers, graduate school applications, or with other professional contacts.
  • Gain professional confidence to leverage their experience in order to take the next step in their career journey.

RISE Frequently Asked Questions

Contact RISE Program Manager and Instructor, Nicole Kendrick via RISE@pugetsound.edu. The Internship Positions & Search Resources will be updated later in the fall with available positions and additional information.

Q: I'M NOT A SOPHOMORE - WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

A: Rising seniors may take advantage of the Summer Academic Internship class (EXLN 350) for 1.0 unit credit in the summer. If you plan to be away from campus, you might consider enrolling in the Intern Away class (EXLN 351) online class. You might also consider applying to the Summer Fellowship Internship program that is a special opportunity for students interested in interning at local nonprofits or governmental agencies but who cannot afford to take an unpaid internship.

Q: ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS?

A: Yes, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to participate. Exceptions may be permitted using the petitions process

Q: AS A TRANSFER STUDENT, CAN I PARTICIPATE?

A: Yes, transfer students may participate. Please check in with the Experiential Learning office at (253) 879-3124 to check your eligibility.

Q: I'M A SOPHOMORE, MAY I STILL APPLY TO THE SUMMER FELLOWSHIP INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND PARTICIPATE IN RISE?

A: Yes! Also, because the class will help you prepare career documents, you may be a more competitive applicant for internships.

Q: HOW WILL I FIND MY INTERNSHIP?

A: Internships can be found three ways:

  1. Locate your own internship
  2. Use Handshake on the Career and Employment Services site for paid internships and jobs
  3. Apply for a local internship cultivated by Experiential Learning
Q: CAN I GET PAID BY MY INTERNSHIP?

A: Yes, a paid internship is a great opportunity for students to earn summer income while learning about potential careers. All of the internships posted on Logger Jobs are paid.

Q: WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF GETTING AN INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE THROUGH EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING?

A: All of the Experiential Learning internships offered by our community partners are dedicated to Puget Sound students only.

Q: WHY SHOULDN'T I JUST DO AN INTERNSHIP WITHOUT THIS CLASS?

A: There are plenty of great reasons to take an academically framed internship:

  1. You will connect your major or minor to your internship
  2. Your internship will be more meaningful because you will have documented your experience; the documentation you create will help inform your resume
  3. You will stand out with employers, you can link to your ePortfolio on your resume
  4. You will engage in thoughtful, deliberate reflection via ePortfolio which will help you develop language to articulate the value you brought to the organization
  5. You will get professional help best articulate your skills and talents in application materials and practice interviewing
  6. Some employers require that you get credit to participate in the internship