Internships (LAN 425)
The Department of Languages and Cultures offers a three, six, nine or twelve credit-hour
internship to junior or senior majors and minors in languages or linguistics and to
graduate students in French, German and Spanish who wish to enhance their study of
a world language in communication, culture, and linguistics with an educational experience
directly in the workplace, either in the United States or abroad.
Interns are expected to engage in written and oral experience in the studied language
on a regular basis. Internships help students test and develop their skills of expression
and communication in the world language or in English, if the internship involves
the Teaching of English as a Second Language or English linguistics. Internships may
be salaried, but unpaid or volunteer positions also qualify.
Students who seek to pursue this type of elective credit-bearing on-the-job experience
by teaching a world language, Teaching English as a Second Language or by working
for a company that conducts business in one of our languages or in areas related to
English linguistics should contact their advisor to review information regarding job
search, company contacts, contractual procedures and semester credit evaluation and
approval. Graduate level LAN 525 internships may be arranged as the elective component of the
Master of Arts in Languages and Cultures, for up to 12 credits.
Timing of Enrollment
Since the department has to approve and build the internship, and the faculty member
has to meet with the student and contact the employer, the internship should be approved
by the employer and the department no later than one month prior to the start of the
semester in which the internship will take place. The internship is a contract and
must be finalized appropriately ahead of time.
Required for Eligibility for these Internships
- Minimum of 75 credits accumulated (through fall of junior year)
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.75
- Minimum GPA in the language of 3.0
- Completion of 15 semester credits in the language or placement equivalent to third
year or 300 level coursework
Internshp Curriculum Requirements
- Minimum of 10 hours a week for three months (120 hours) for three credits, 20 hours
a week for 6 credits (240 hours), 30 hours a week for 9 credits (360 hours), 40 hours
a week for 12 credits (480 hours).
- Summer session internships are possible for 3 credits for 24 hours per week for five
weeks (120 hours total); a 6-credit internship may on occasion be arranged during
a summer session under very special circumstances.
- Written contractual job description and student expectations to be approved by the
faculty advisor and signed by both student and on-site supervisor at the beginning
of the internship.
- Workbook log to be submitted weekly in the language or in English, if related to TESL
or English linguistics, by the student to the faculty advisor
- Regularly scheduled meetings of intern and on-site supervisor to review intern performance
- Presentation of on-site supervisor's final written evaluation to the intern and the
- Final written report (10-20 pages, according to the number of credits) by the student
at the end of the internship to the faculty advisor, in the language, or in English
if related to TESL or English linguistics, including self-evaluation of growth and
professional development accomplished and language and learning experience achieved.
Suggested Internship Opportunities
- Airlines or airports with services using Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Russian, and Spanish (US Airways, Lufthansa, Philadelphia, Dulles, BWI)
- Banks with operations using Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and
Spanish (World Bank, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank)
- Computer companies with operations using Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese,
Russian, and Spanish (IBM, Hewlett Packard)
- Area firms working with the local Hispanic populations or institutions (Comunidad
Hispana, Taller Puertorriqueño, local law offices, banks, hospitals, Vanguard, Salvation
Army, Chester County Volunteer English Program, the Migrant Education Program of the
Chester County Intermediate Unit)
- Area firms doing business in Latin America, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Russia,
- Organization of American States
- FACC, French American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia
- Firms doing business in Germany (SAP, Siemens), Russia, Italy
- Area firms like Cephalon with production facilities in Europe
- Area consulates of other countries (Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc.)
Internships in Spanish