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Last approved: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:01:26 GMT

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NPS (Nonprofit Studies)
Dual-Level Course
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Service Learning Internship in Nonprofit Studies
Internship in NPS
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies (16IDS)
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Distance Education (DELTA)
Online (Internet)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
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(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Course Attribute(s)
SVL (Service Lrng)
This course guides students in professional development gained through a work experience. A major focus of the service learning will be the reflection and applicability of the Five Leadership Challenges studied in each of the Nonprofit Studies Minor courses to the real work experience. Community partners will benefit from student placements as they bring discussion, observation, and reflection of new ideas with regard to the leadership challenges as they face nonprofits in our contemporary society.

Community Partners who are hosting interns will receive a packet of information at the beginning of each semester. The packet will contain a student syllabus, an article on the Five Leadership Challenges, and a letter from the course instructor outlining the expectations (below) of the students. Expectations regarding how students can be successful in their internship placement are also outlined, and a copy of assignments and due dates are included. The Instructor's name and email address are also provided for any follow-up questions and/or additional information.

Service Learning Internship Expectations:
Students are expected to report to work at their placement sites as scheduled. A Service Learning Reflection Journal and final Project Report along with a time log of hours worked needs to be submitted at the end of your internship.

Students should check in and schedule discussions with their placement supervisors to ensure they understand their expectations, and to discuss the applicability of classroom information to a work environment. Supervisors are encouraged to help students reflect on and discuss how the Five Leadership Challenges can be observed in the organization, and encourage students’ insights and observations.
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Christine Howell
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Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
INT151NoRegular assignments are outlined and made accessible through Moodle throughout the duration of the internship
Prerequisite: PS 203 and COM 466 and HI 380. Restricted to Nonprofit Studies Minor Students Only.

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16NPMNonprofit Studies minorRequired
The 150 hour (3 credit hour) online service learning internship course provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained through their coursework in the Nonprofits Studies Minor to a nonprofit organizational work setting. The online course builds on previous coursework in the minor and focuses learning from these courses on application to a service learning work setting by requiring students to reflect on the applicability of the Five Leadership Challenges studied throughout the minor to their real work experience. Students are expected to be active participants in work place discussions, lending expertise, ideas and knowledge from their course work to the organizations and their leaders.

Proposing that the NPS 490 online internship course be offered for for 3 credit hours. This allows students who are required to work an internship in their major field of study also count this toward their minor internship requirement when their major internship involves 150 contact hours AND is worked at an approved nonprofit organization. Other revisions have been made as requested by the council to fulfill new service learning criteria.

$20.00 per student per semester to purchase general and professional liability insurance for university system of the state of North Carolina student interns, to be added to the student's bill.
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesKathleen VogelPlease review the changes to nps 490 as we discussed. The intent is to list this internship course which is delivered fully online as a 3 ... (150 hour) credit course.
Instructor will teach this online course using Moodle for each semester. No new resources are required because this is not a new course, it is a modification of an existing course.

1.  NPS 490 will provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained through their coursework in the minor in Nonprofit Studies to the nonprofit organizational work setting.

2.  NPS 490 will include educational components that allow students to receive professional development gained through work experience.

3. NPS 490 will allow students to explore and reflect upon the service-learning themes of the minor in Nonprofit Studies as they relate to their ongoing internship experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. Contrast and analyze the extent to which the Five Leadership Challenges are illustrated and demonstrated in the every day work of a nonprofit organization;

2. Apply the skills they learn in their internship placement to new projects and tasks in an employment scenario;

3. Describe and articulate the knowledge they have acquired from their classroom work in the minor to their supervisors and staff at the Community Partner (organization) where they are placed;

4. Critique their work and performance during their placement experience, and be able to assess their strengths and weaknesses in their midterm and final written evaluations of their work;

5. Reflect on, connect with, and articulate in writing their experiences with their placement to their own lives and scholarly learnings through journaling.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment200Course Structure and Schedule:
The course uses a Moodle website. Due dates and submission instructions for assignments are on the site. Contract, resources and evaluation forms are also on the site. Note: All assignments have Service Learning Components as outlined below:
o Internship Contract (10 points) – Due Week One
 A document outlining placement expectations of the student, supervisor, and nonprofit organization. This document also captures broad service learning objectives of the student’s placement experience which result from collaborative planning between the student and placement supervisor.
o Project Plan (20 points) – Due Week Three
 The Project Plan is the result of collaborative planning between student and placement supervisor that clearly articulates the agreed upon project/scope of work for the students placement. The document will further outline how work of and with the student will result in the achievement of learning objectives. This plan will incorporate the expected learning of the student and benefit student will provide to the nonprofit organization.
o Nonprofit Intern Support Award Application (20 points) – Due Week Four
 Submitted by all students, this grant application provide opportunity for one NPS 490 student each year to receive $1,000.00 to apply toward expenses incurred during their service learning internship placement experience. An essay requirement asks students to reflect on this service learning experience as well as past experiences when they benefitted an organization, a community, etc.
o Resume and Cover Letter Draft (20 points) – Due Week Five
 Students are asked to develop and submit a resume and cover letter for a particular job posting that interests them. This provides an opportunity for students to learn how to marry service learning, for-benefit work, and other purpose-driven experiences with their academic accomplishments that appeal to employers.
o Midterm Evaluation (20 points) – Due Week Seven
 The process and document provide an opportunity for the student and supervisor to discuss the student’s progress in meeting the their service learning objectives, as well as to critique performance.
o Magazine “Article” (20 points) – Due Week Nine
 Student will create an article for a fictitious on-line news magazine about their experience with one of the Five Leadership Challenges. They can write about their present service learning internship or another service learning experience. The objective is for the student to apply an academic concept to their work experience, and reflect on this in writing. Outstanding articles may be published in the Philanthropy Journal, an online news and resource program of the Institute for Nonprofits.
o Student Final Project Report (30 points) – Due Week Fourteen
 Students review their Service Learning Objectives and their project plan and evaluate how well they met their goals. The Project Report will be the focus of a meeting between the student and the supervisor, and will result in a 3-5 page written document submitted to instructor.
o Final Evaluation (20 points) – Due Last Day of Class
 A final opportunity for the student and supervisor to discuss and document the performance, strengths of students, areas of needed growth, and suggestions for further professional development of the student during their service learning internship. The result is a completed form that is signed by both student and supervisor and submitted to instructor.
o Service Learning Reflection Journal and Time Log (40 points) – Due Last Day of Class
 Students are expected to journal their service learning internship experience weekly, reflecting specifically on their broad learning objectives and the Five Leadership Challenges and are asked to write about their experiences, successes, failures and observations about the convergence of their academic work and hands-on work experience. A corresponding time log is required to ensure their 120 hour or 150 hour commitment.
Course Total: 200 points
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See Service Learning resources on the CUC site:
Review Service Learning elements, adjust course/syllabus or drop SL; JSD 3/15/2016
Updated LOs and syllabus with Christine's info; JSD 10/11/16
despain (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:39:57 GMT): Rollback: Review SL elements, etc.
kmvogel (Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:24:00 GMT): Rollback: Per Hope Ziglar's email
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