Internship Course

Course Description

Internships can take many forms such as an experiential opportunity for volunteer service, career exploration, academic connections, exploring deep personal interests and passions, or pursuing a self-directed project. Internships can range from 3-12 weeks; can occur during winter term or the summer; and can be local, national, or international. This course is only for one-year students, and will be taken after the first semester (community-engagement course).


Middlebury School in Japan defines an internship as an experience that:

  • Provides “real-world” experience beyond the classroom;
  • Involves reciprocity, i.e., a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and the internship provider;
  • Involves a practicum, which is conducted in Japanese more than 75% of the time;
  • Includes a high level of supervision, training, and mentoring;
  • Is at least 100 hours and 10 weeks in length; and
  • Is credit bearing.


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