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Integrated Learning: Developing a Thematic Course and Internship Program in Washington DC
Unformatted Document Text:  experience for the semester again allowed them a large hand in setting their expectations for the goals to be achieved and utilizing the various components of the semester program to gather data and evaluate that data within the scope of their research question. Alternatives to the Integrated, Thematic Approach Although many colleges and universities have some kind of a Washington DC internship program for their students, William & Mary’s integrated, thematic approach appears to be largely unique. 1 While there is variation, most internship programs seem to follow a basic model. Students secure internships either on their own or in conjunction with their program and take one to several courses during the semester. In most cases, it appears that internships are largely of the students’ choosing and while classes might overlap to some degree with any individual internship, there is not a plan in place to ensure that such integration occurs. (See Appendix A which provides a very basic overview of several programs as reported by the programs’ websites). The most common connection between students’ internships and academic material seems to come in the form of a research paper. In several programs, such as those through Grinnell and Syracuse, there is either a seminar that attempts to connect the internship and academic sides of the program (Grinnell) or the program itself is focused on a particular subfield such as international relations (Syracuse). In either of those cases, it seems like it might be a small but important leap to develop a particular theme for the semester which might provide for mutual reinforcement between the academic 1 This statement is based on a comprehensive overview of programs conducted in 2001 (Adler) and research on the requirements of colleges and universities that participated in an October 2007 conference on Washington DC internship programs hosted by the University of California Washington Center. Regardless of whether W&M is the only program with this degree of integration, I am confident in concluding that such integration is rare. My argument is simply that such integration is worthwhile for student learning and that it is not a model that is routinely followed; that contention is not dependent on William and Mary having the only such program of its kind. 14

Authors: Nemacheck, Christine.
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experience for the semester again allowed them a large hand in setting their expectations
for the goals to be achieved and utilizing the various components of the semester program
to gather data and evaluate that data within the scope of their research question.
Alternatives to the Integrated, Thematic Approach
Although many colleges and universities have some kind of a Washington DC
internship program for their students, William & Mary’s integrated, thematic approach
appears to be largely unique.
While there is variation, most internship programs seem to
follow a basic model. Students secure internships either on their own or in conjunction
with their program and take one to several courses during the semester. In most cases, it
appears that internships are largely of the students’ choosing and while classes might
overlap to some degree with any individual internship, there is not a plan in place to
ensure that such integration occurs. (See Appendix A which provides a very basic
overview of several programs as reported by the programs’ websites).
The most common connection between students’ internships and academic
material seems to come in the form of a research paper. In several programs, such as
those through Grinnell and Syracuse, there is either a seminar that attempts to connect the
internship and academic sides of the program (Grinnell) or the program itself is focused
on a particular subfield such as international relations (Syracuse). In either of those
cases, it seems like it might be a small but important leap to develop a particular theme
for the semester which might provide for mutual reinforcement between the academic
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This statement is based on a comprehensive overview of programs conducted in 2001 (Adler) and
research on the requirements of colleges and universities that participated in an October 2007 conference
on Washington DC internship programs hosted by the University of California Washington Center.
Regardless of whether W&M is the only program with this degree of integration, I am confident in
concluding that such integration is rare. My argument is simply that such integration is worthwhile for
student learning and that it is not a model that is routinely followed; that contention is not dependent on
William and Mary having the only such program of its kind.
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