Internships, Field Experience and Extended Campus Projects
Internships and Field Experience
Students may acquire valuable learning through field experience that complements their academic pursuits and helps them to see the relation between their college studies and the world of work. Internships and field experiences are vehicles not only for career exploration, but also for broadening a student’s perspective through interaction with adults and professionals outside the College community.
Opportunities exist in the College vicinity for students to work in fields such as journalism, ecology and the environment, film production, local government, law, social services, mental health, and the arts. Students may also pursue summer- or semester-long internships with organizations outside of the local area, such as the Washington Center for Learning Alternatives or Amnesty International in Washington, D.C.
Internships have included summer on-campus research opportunities, projects in journalism, government, early childhood education, the judiciary, business, museums, publishing, and environmental policy, as well as projects with the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund and the Feminist Majority. As part of the College’s Internships Program, students have taught English and math in Thailand, Ecuador, and Kenya, worked at a biodynamic farm in France, volunteered at an orphanage in Honduras, and studied directing at Shakespeare & Company in Berkshire County.
Extended Campus Projects
Extended Campus Projects (ECPs) allow Upper College (BA) students to engage in off-campus educational activities related to their academic programs and, where appropriate, to earn credit for them. Independent projects that do not fall within the province of traditional academic disciplines may qualify as extended campus projects.
Students who wish to undertake extended campus projects must consult with their academic advisor to determine whether the proposed projects are consistent with their total academic programs. Once a project is formulated, the student draws up an Extended Campus Project contract (available from the Office of Academic Affairs), specifying the nature of the project, its goals, and the means by which it is to be evaluated. Final approval of ECP contracts, including the amount of credit to be awarded, is determined by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and a faculty supervisor skilled in the specific area of the project.
Any changes in the program should be communicated to the Office of Academic Affairs and the faculty supervisor immediately. Upon completion of the project, the student’s achievement is evaluated by the faculty supervisor to determine whether the requirements of the contract have been fulfilled. Extended campus project work is recorded with a description of the project and a grade of Pass/Fail. To receive a letter grade, the student must request it on the contract form prior to undertaking the project. Only students with a GPA of 3.3 or above may earn more than four credits for any extended campus project. Full-time projects, earning 12 credits, are reserved for juniors and seniors. No more than 20 percent of credits toward a Simon’s Rock degree may be earned through extended campus projects.