UNIV 490 Intro for CC Advisors

Keep Your Student Leaders At Your College Even After They Graduate?

As a degree completion option, the Office of BGS would like to introduce to our Career Internship Course: UNIV 490 (Syllabus)
This unique course provides a way for students to turn work they do at your Community College into Junior/Senior level credit at Western. For every 40 hours of work spent on their internship, students will receive 1 credit with a two credit minimum; the course is repeatable for up to a total of 12 credits. Students must have a 2.0 GPA and must be Junior/Senior standing to be eligible for the course.
Because this internship is completely constructed by the student, it allows already active students to maintain their connections. A student who is, for example, active in Campus Activities planning can use UNIV 490 to continue their work. The internship must have a designated supervisor to sign off on time sheets. The Student is responsible for weekly reports, recording their time sheets and writing an essay at the completion of the internship. The student and supervisor must identify learning objectives and the tasks must be NEW college level tasks. In other words, if your student helped to organize a spring fair last year, having the student help organize a student talent show could be used as an internship.

These are the highlights of offering a Career Internship to your Graduating students transferring to the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Program:

  • Students can complete the course anywhere they choose, as long as it can provide valid career oriented learning experiences and will involve students learning a new college level skill and taking on a role/performing a duty that they have not performed before (especially if they choose to complete an internship at a current or past place of employment.)
  • Students can earn Upper Division (300/400 level courses) credit while contributing to the Community College campus and counts as a BGS Major requirement (the writing in the discipline course).
  • Community Colleges will benefit from retaining students who are able to devote time to specific projects or initiatives.
  • Opportunities for student designed or facilitated workshops or community programming
  • Mentoring for incoming student leaders
  • Graduated students assisting with advertising/outreach
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