As a form of experiential learning, internships provide students with the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to current challenges facing companies and organizations. Internships also give students the opportunity to obtain hands-on experience, develop skills and make meaningful connections in a professional field. Students, by engaging in purposeful internships, will learn practical applications of their studies and be challenged to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of academic subject matter. Additionally, through reflective essays, students may identify potential career fields or research interests.
Kenyon students who wish to integrate an off-campus summer internship experience lasting six or more weeks with their academic experience may enroll in Experiential Learning EXPL 205 Connecting Academic and Intern Experiences. The course consists of two pieces, a four-week seminar that meets in the spring semester and the submission of a significant piece of academic work, usually a reflection paper, in the fall semester following the summer internship. Successful completion of the course requires the approval of the Director of the Career Development Office (CDO) and a member of the Kenyon faculty for both a learning plan developed in the spring semester and a significant piece of academic work completed after the summer internship. In total, the entire course earns 0.125 units of Kenyon credit. The course is only offered on a Pass/D/Fail basis. All students are initially registered as Auditors in the spring semester. Those students who satisfactorily complete the significant academic work and thereby the course in the fall semester have their registration status switched to a regular enrollment with a grade of P and credit of 0.125 units. EXPL 205 may be taken up to three times and the two components of the course can be separated by as many as two academic years. Seniors are not eligible to enroll in the spring semester of EXPL 205. Credit for EXPL 205 will be awarded for both paid and unpaid internships. Course meets on Thursdays from 2:40 - 4:00 p.m. The dates are March 27, April 3, 10 and 17.