Department of American Studies, Saint Louis University ASTA-494-09 INTERNSHIP Coordinator: Cindy Ott Assistant Professor Dept. of American Studies Saint Louis University 3800 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108 Humanities Bldg. 110 Office Phone: 314-977-3790 Office Fax: 314-977-1806 [email protected] What is the purpose of this course? The internship fulfills the applied learning requirement, an integral part of the American Studies major at Saint Louis University. Students have the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn, and grow in an off-campus environment, to gain skills in an area of interest, and to earn valuable professional experience. Internships are designed to enable students to make intellectual connections between scholarship and the wider world, and to put their American Studies training into practice. Students work in a variety of settings, such as arts and cultural institutions, non-profit groups, government agencies, planning and design groups, archives, historic sites, media outlets, and advocacy organizations. Students develop projects consistent with American Studies inquiry and concerns, methods of accountability, relevant bibliographies, and final reports. What are the course objectives? • To provide a framework for students to develop projects consistent with American Studies concerns, themes, and methods of inquiry • To support students in undertaking self-directed and self-organized work • To apply American Studies theories and methods within practical work environments • To develop research, critical analysis, and writing skills How will students be evaluated in this course? Students are to be evaluated by the internship coordinator, in consultation with the student and the site supervisor. The evaluation will be based on the completion of 10 on-site hours per week through the semester, tasks and projects as required, and a final report.