Internships

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!

  1. Students should connect with the Internship Coordinator Rachel Hegland, rhegland@uwm.edu, 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.
  2. Students will be assigned a faculty supervisor that will work with them for the academic component and they work to create a syllabus.
  3. Students communicate with the internship site to obtain an on-site supervisor.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. The student begins the internship and follows deadlines for the academic component.

Placements

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 Fall 2021 include:

 

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  1. Black Lens Community Outreach Intern (remote)
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  1. Virtual Communications Intern (remote)
    Position Details: UBUNTU Internship Opportunities
  2. Research Intern (remote)
    Position Details: UBUNTU Internship Opportunities

 


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  1. County Board Virtual Intern (remote)
    Position Details: County Board Virtual Intern  Program 

 


*If you are interested in one of the above Spring ’21 internship opportunities, contact the Internship Coordinator Rachel Hegland, rhegland@uwm.edu for information on how to apply. 

 

This list will grow as our internship program continues to develop. You can find more opportunities on sites such as Jobs That Help and UWM’s Handshake

Internship Coordinator

Rachel Hegland, rhegland@uwm.edu is serving as the Internship Coordinator for AADS. Contact her with any questions regarding internships, or to set up a meeting.