The Department of African and African Diaspora Studies has opportunities for students to earn academic course credit while working as interns during the semester. Internships offer students the opportunity to utilize skills and knowledge from the classroom into real-world opportunities.
To earn credit, students must have an academic component in addition to their internship position. This is done by the student enrolling in AFRIC 489. Students will need class permissions to enroll in the course, which will be assigned by the Internship Coordinator once a placement has been secured.
Student Eligibility Requirements
AADS internship opportunities are open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, or gender. Non-AADS majors and minors may complete internships/AFRIC 489, but priority consideration will be given to AADS majors and minors.
Students seeking to enroll in AFRIC 489 must meet the following prerequisites:
- Must be a currently-enrolled student at UW-Milwaukee
- Must have achieved junior or senior standing and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25
- For non-AADS majors and minors, completion of at least one 300-level or above course in African and African Diaspora Studies
- Permission of the department to enroll
Responsibilities for Credit-Bearing Internships
All students who participate in an AADS internship experience/AFRIC 489 must complete the following requirements:
- Complete the Internship-Agreement-Form
- Take the internship course concurrently with the internship (credit will not be given for past internships)
- Must work a minimum of 120 hours (or 40 hours per credit) during the semester.
- Complete substantial appropriate academic work to earn academic credit, which is outlined in the syllabus they create with their faculty supervisor.
- The on-site supervisor must also contribute to evaluations of the student toward the end of the semester.
- The internship must be related to the students’ program of study
Procedure For Internship Course Enrollment
Please be sure to start this process with enough time before the semester starts!
- Students should connect with the Internship Coordinator Rachel Hegland, email@example.com, as soon as possible and express their interest in completing an internship. Students can find an appropriate internship opportunity and apply on their own or the Internship Coordinator can provide assistance in the process of identifying, seeking, and securing an internship.
- Students will be assigned a faculty supervisor that will work with them for the academic component and they work to create a syllabus.
- Students communicate with the internship site to obtain an on-site supervisor.
- The student, faculty supervisor, and on-site supervisor sign the Internship-Agreement-Form and the student turns the form into the Internship Coordinator before the internship begins. The desired deadline to turn in the completed Internship Agreement is one week prior to the start of classes for the appropriate term but can be submitted up until the add/drop deadline. Email your internship coordinator if you are unable to make that deadline.
- Once the internship position is approved by the coordinator, the student will receive information on how to enroll in AFRIC 489 (Students cannot enroll in AFRIC 489 unless they have secured the internship first).
- The student begins the internship and follows deadlines for the academic component.
Placements can vary based on students’ interests, but tasks must be related to their program of study, and not merely administrative duties. Some common placements are government agencies and nonprofits. Students are encouraged to identify internship opportunities on their own, but they must obtain approval from the Internship Coordinator beforehand.
Organizations that have confirmed they are currently hiring interns for Spring 2022 include:
MKE Film’s Black Lens
Position Details: Black Lens Community Outreach Intern @ MKE Film (PAID Internship – $12/hour)
- Begins at the start of the new year. This would be hybrid as interns would need to attend events and social gatherings.
- Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and your resume to Geraud Blanks, Chief Innovation Officer at Milwaukee Film at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Application Deadline: Rolling deadline, i.e., there is no set deadline for applications. However, students considering applying for this position should try to submit their applications no later than December 20, 2021 (two weeks prior to the position start date, January 3rd, 2022).
Milwaukee Country Board of Supervisors
Position Details: Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Internship Program (PAID Internship – hourly rate TBD)
- Application Instructions: Apply online at the hyperlink above.
- Application Deadline: The Board of Supervisors is currently restructuring the internship program to align with a recently adopted policy change to provide paid rather than unpaid positions. Timelines will be posted here soon, and interested students are invited to apply now.
Office of the County Executive David Crowley
Position Details: Milwaukee County Executive’s Office Internship Program (Unpaid)
- Application Instructions: Complete the CEX Office Internship Application and submit it at https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/County-Executive/Contact/Internships.
- Application Deadline: Rolling deadline. Note, applicants applying to internship programs with rolling application deadlines should submit their applications by January 21, 2022, (two weeks prior to UWM’s Spring 2022 Add Deadline)
*If you are interested in one of the above Spring ’22 internship opportunities, contact the Internship Coordinator Rachel Hegland, email@example.com for information on how to apply.
Rachel Hegland, firstname.lastname@example.org is serving as the Internship Coordinator for AADS. Contact her with any questions regarding internships, or to set up a meeting.