The Center for Civic Learning and Community Action (formerly known as the Department of Community Engagement) is responsible for monitoring the progress of interns’ Social Justice Practicum (SJP) and issuing the grade for SJP upon completion for all first year interns. All student guidelines must be adhered to for successful completion of the SJP. The SJP requirements are to: complete a 6 month, minimum 200 hour, non-clinical practicum on a Center for Civic Learning and Community Action approved and appointed SJP site, attend all mandatory workshops, complete hour logs and evaluations, and present at the annual Community Engagement Symposium after the completion of the SJP.
The timeframe of the SJP is as follows
Fall Term: SJP Begins
- SJP Orientations take place the last two weeks of September
- Students are expected to begin SJP by the start of the first week of October
- Students are expected to attend SJP mandatory workshops in September, October, and November
- Students are expected to have a minimum of 90 hours at the end of Fall Term (mid-term)
- Students are expected to complete an evaluation of the site (only visible to the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action)
- Mid-term Evaluations of the Student from Site Mentors are due at the conclusion of Fall Term
Spring Term: SJP Continues
- Students are expected to continue attending SJP mandatory workshops January through March
- Students are expected to remain on site through the end of the Spring Term, even if they have fulfilled the 200 hour requirement
- Students must meet the 200 hour requirement or arrange to finalize hours during Spring Break
- Students are expected to complete the Final Evaluation of the site (only visible to the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action)
- Final Evaluations of the Student from Site Mentors are due at the conclusion of the Spring Term
- Students receive instruction on presenting at the Annual Community Engagement Symposium that takes place in Summer Term I
- Students submit an abstract of their presentation for the Annual Community Engagement Symposium
Summer Term I: SJP Concludes
- Week One: Students received their scheduled time to present at the Annual Community Engagement Symposium
- Week Two: Students present at the Annual Community Engagement Symposium
The SJP concludes with the end of Spring Term. Incomplete Hours (Hourlog) and incomplete Site Evaluations will result in a grade of “NC” No-Credit issued for both credits of the SJP. Incomplete Student Evaluations can result in a grade of “IP” In-Progress issued for both credits of the SJP. If a student is having difficulties completing hours, attending workshops, or presenting due to an emergency, they are expected to contact the SJP Coordinator (email@example.com) to decide how to best proceed. In order to ensure a successful completion of the SJP, interns are to alert the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action as soon as the concern arises; delays in reporting a SJP concern in a timely manner may result in a grade of No-Credit issued for SJP. A SJP grade of No-Credit or In-Progress will interfere with interns’ financial aid and moving on to Training Practicum. A smooth SJP experience is marked by diligence in your time management.
There are a number of professional expectations that are anticipated of interns to ensure they receive credit. Interns are to adhere to the intern guidelines per their respective sites and for the SJP:
- Maintain a regular schedule (8 to 10 hours a week) at their respective SJP sites; should there be any changes to their schedule, interns are required to alert their Site Mentor.
- Be punctual and engaged with tasks, projects, and staff on site.
- Take initiative under the guidance of their Site Mentor in completing tasks and projects.
- Adhere to the dress code and decorum guidelines per their respective sites.
- Not to work from home: all logged work must be done on site.
- Understand travel to sites may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Interns should make adjustments in their schedules to ensure punctual arrival.
- Note that travel time cannot be included in SJP Hour Logs.
Students may have issues with sites, other interns, or site mentors, as much as the Center for Civic Learning and Community Action works to minimize this. If interns have a site, other intern, or site mentor issue they should contact the SJP Coordinator immediately: Mike Joyce, firstname.lastname@example.org. Interns will then receive a follow-up and/or further instruction from the SJP Coordinator.