What is RISE:

The RISE program allows sophomores to connect their liberal arts education to off-campus, career environments. This course helps students build career knowledge in their areas of interest and be empowered to move confidently towards or away from a career field. RISE experiences include internships, jobs, volunteering, and more.

In the RISE program, students will:

  • Enroll in EXLN 201
  • Attend five classes during the semester. Class topics include:
    • Articulating Your Narrative
    • Searching for Internships
    • Resume & Cover Letter Writing
    • Interviewing
    • Professionalism
  • Intern locally, nationally, or internationally over the summer.
    Students can apply for local internships through Experiential Learning, Career & Employment Services (CES), or find their own
  • Have access to low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room
  • Tell their story
    Students create an ePortfolio final project showcasing their internship experiences

EXLN 201: Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) Internship

This course engages students in career pedagogy to provide students with preparation to search for, and engage in, a summer internship. Students will participate in a series of personal reflective analyses to uncover their strengths, define their interests in order to have a meaningful career preparatory 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).

  • This Spring 2019, 8 sections of EXLN 201 will be offered, capped at 25 students. Students will need to enroll in the class.
  • Class will meet once per week for five weeks (80 minutes).
  • During the summer, students will participate in internships.
  • In-progress grading will be used to bridge the semesters.
  • Through the program, students will learn how to prepare career documents for an internship search and get help identifying internship opportunities.
  • Students will articulate the narrative of their experience via a final project using ePortfolio.

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

Internship Information:

  • Local internship opportunities will be cultivated via Experiential Learning at Puget Sound
  • Students may also locate their own internship or consult with Career and Employment Services to find an internship.
  • Internships may be at local, national, or international sites.
  • If a student chooses to intern at a local site, limited low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room will be made available.

Internship Requirements:

  • Students are required to intern for at least 120 hours during the summer.
  • Internships may be at local, national, or international sites.
  • Students must complete a learning agreement with their internship supervisor.

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