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June 25, 2016

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HR391 & HR392: Internships & Field Placement Courses

HRHD Academic Credit for Internships & Volunteer Placements

Links to the Application Checklist & Forms Are Located at the Bottom of This Page


Internships and field placements can be valuable to students both academically (a chance to reflect on the relationship between material studied in class and practice in the field) and as career preparation (e.g., practical job search techniques, work-related skills, developing contacts and networking skills that may lead to full-time employment). HR391 and HR392 have been designed to provide qualified students an opportunity to gain academic recognition for relevant experience they may gain through internships or international volunteering during the years that they are registered as undergraduates at Wilfrid Laurier University. This said, students are reminded that the benefits of an internship/field experience, over and above academic credit, will vary depending upon the level of effort put into preparing for the experience and the amount of initiative taken to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Identifying and Obtaining Positions

Students interested in registering for HR391 or HR392 should first discuss this possibility with the HRHD Program Coordinator before contacting potential Academic Supervisors or placement organizations.

It is the students responsibility to identify and obtain appropriate internships and international volunteering field placements. To assist with this search, the Program maintains a list on its website of positions that have been previously identified. These lists, however, are not exhaustive, so students should not limit their research to these possibilities.

Rules Governing the Approval of Positions for HR391 and HR392

1) Approval Must Be Received Prior to Beginning the Placement

There are two aspects to receiving approval.

i) Students must identify a faculty member in the program who will agree to be their Academic Supervisor for HR391 or HR392. The Academic Supervisor assists the student in identifying a topic for the research paper and presentation, grades the research paper and presentation, and submits a grade for the course. Such agreement is to be reflected in the HR391 or HR392 Academic Supervisor Form.

ii) Students must receive HRHD Program Coordinators approval of their placement at least one month prior to beginning their placement. Placements performed without such prior approval will not be eligible for academic credit in HR391 or HR392. Thus, it is imperative that students begin to search for opportunities well in advance. To receive such approval, students must submit all the forms identified on the HR391 Application Checklist or HR392 Application Checklist to the HRHD Program Coordinator at least two months prior to the start date of the position.

2) Students Must Have Completed the Academic Prerequisites Prior to Beginning the Placement

The prerequisites for HR391 are:

Permission of the Program Coordinator

Completion of at least 10.0 credits

HR100 or HR/CT260

Cumulative GPA of 7.0 at the time of application.

The prerequisites for HR392 are:

Permission of the Program Coordinator

Completion of at least 10.0 credits

HR100 or HR/CT260

Cumulative GPA of 7.0 at the time of application.

3) The placement must enable students to learn more about Human Rights, Human Diversity or International Development.

For HR391, the placement must be with an organization that is engaged in the protection, promotion, or advocacy of some element of human rights (or social justice more broadly understood); or in advocating for a social group associated with human diversity (e.g., race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, disability); or that is engaged in matters related to multiculturalism in Canada (e.g., multicultural centres, immigrant settlement services).

For HR392, the placement can take one of two forms. i) It may be with an organization that would qualify for HR391, but that takes place in an international setting. Or, ii) it may be in an international development setting and involve engagement in some aspect of delivering international development services.

4) Minimum Length of the Placement

Placements must, at a minimum, be the equivalent of a 4 week full-time position. If it is a part-time position, it must include at least 160 hours of work.

5) Other Rules Governing Internships and Field Placements

Full-time or part-time jobs are not eligible.

Students may not serve in placements on campus.

Students may not serve in an organization where they have previously worked.

Requirements After Completing the Placement

i) Non-Academic Requirements

Students are to ensure that the following forms are delivered to the HRHD Program Coordinator by the end of the term following the completion of the placement (but preferably much earlier):

Student Evaluation of the Internship or Field Placement

Internship/Field Supervisor Evaluation of Student

Failure to ensure the receipt of these forms will result in a grade of F in the course.

ii) Academic Requirements

The student must complete the following academic requirements to receive academic credit for HR391 or HR392:

Completion of a 15-page research paper. The paper is to be based on a research question related to the students internship or field placement. The research question must have received prior approval from the Academic Supervisor.

Presentation to an undergraduate class (the class to be determined by the Academic Supervisor in consultation with the Program Coordinator) on what he or she learned from the internship or field placement. The presentation is to use presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint) and must be at least fifteen minutes in length.

These assignments will be graded by the Academic Supervisor. The final grade in the course will be calculated according to the following formula:

Research paper: 75% of the grade in the course.

Presentation: 25% of the grade in the course.

Failure to complete the minimum length of the internship/field placement or failure to make the presentation will result in an F in the course.

All coursework must be completed by the end of the academic semester immediately following the semester in which the internship or field experience took place. Failure to complete the work within this time limit will result in a grade of F.

Related Information Title Type
2013 HR391 Checklist & Forms (MS Word Format) Document
2013 HR391 Checklist & Forms (PDF Format) Document
2013 HR392 Checklist & Forms (MS Word Format) Document
2013 HR392 Checklist & Forms (PDF Format) Document