Information for Agencies Requesting an Intern
The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) is transdisciplinary in nature, combining topics and methodologies drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Its faculty and students work in a broad range of fields, analyzing the social and cultural relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and governments. In the department, a commitment to deep historical inquiry coexists with applied knowledge about such modern developments as intensified urbanization, transnational trade and exchange, and migration of peoples.
SCA houses and integrates the activities of six interdisciplinary programs--Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian/Pacific/American/Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies, and Metropolitan Studies—along with the range of degrees and concentrations offered in these programs. In their teaching and research, SCA students and faculty are encouraged to make intersectional links between the areas of interest on which the programs focus. New York City is a crucible for the department’s work, both in its community orientation and its connections to global networks.
Majors are strongly encouraged to complete semester long internships their junior or senior year. The goal is for students to apply theory to practice as they work with agencies concerned with issues relevant to their majors.
Internships vary but should involve substantial areas of responsibility and specific projects, appropriate to students’ backgrounds and skills. Interns should not replace staff or function as clerical workers. Office and clerical work should comprise no more than 25% of interns’ time. Credit cannot be granted for internships that are primarily clerical (filing, data entry, answering the phone, photo-copying, etc.). Interested organizations designate on-site supervisors to coordinate students’ daily tasks, foster learning, and promote professional development.
Interns contribute 10 hours per week without pay to the sponsoring agency and receive 4 credits for successfully completing the program. They also attend a seminar where they compare their practical experience with theory and policy. Internships begin the first week of the semester (early September or late January). Schedules are arranged according to agencies’ and interns’ needs. Interns must secure placements BEFORE the semester begins, usually by the end of the prior semester – early May for fall placements, mid-December for spring placements and late April for summer placements.
SCA tries to carefully match the interests and skills of the students with the needs of participating organizations. For this reason, not every organization will receive an intern every semester. However, we do keep agency information on file for future semesters. If you have questions, need information, or would like to apply to host interns, please contact:
Betts Brown, Assistant Director of Internships and Curriculum Integration
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis