Recognizing that off-campus academic experiences are ways in which the students can extend and enrich their liberal arts education, Wittenberg offers a variety of special off-campus opportunities. Participation in one or more of these programs leads students to an understanding of what is meant by the phrase “the power of experience.”
Believing students should gain an understanding of the role, responsibility, and challenge of service in community life, Wittenberg requires completion of thirty hours of community service for graduation.
In one semester before their senioryear, students must register and complete all service requirements for Community Service 100, a non-credit class. Community Service 100 provides students with the opportunity to serve others, to connect the Wittenberg and Springfield communities, and to reflect on the service experience.
The Community Service Office coordinates the service requirement at Wittenberg and serves as a liaison between the students and community sites.
Whether a student chooses a full-time internship during a period spent away from campus or a part-time internship near campus during the academic year, the experience provides an opportunity to combine theory learned in the classroom with real-world practice. It can be especially beneficial in the current job market, in which many organizations seek new college graduates who have experience or who can show evidence of superior internship performance.
Academic departments offer credit-bearing internships that are supervised by a faculty member in the department. The faculty member can help a student devise a plan for an internship experience that not only builds upon the student’s academic preparation but also relates to the student’s skill development and career interests. Resources in the Career Center Library include directories of internship opportunities in the United States and abroad, and copies of internship agreement forms submitted by former students. There is also a Web site on internships.
Local internship sites for Wittenberg students have included WHIO-TV in Dayton, Clark County Soil and Water Conservation, Mercy Medical Center, the Springfield City Manager’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Springfield Museum of Art and American Express Financial Advisers.
Off-campus internship opportunities have included research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md, participation in the Wittenberg University Washington Semester program, the Student Conservation Association, and in a program that is unique among undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences colleges, urban studies summer field placements with a city government. See “Academic Policies and Procedures” for details.
Wittenberg Center for Applied Management (WittCAM)
WittCAM is a student-managed center that offers faculty-directed programs designed to develop and enhance student analytical and project management skills. It sponsors speakers, seminars and coordinates the Department of Management’s portfolio program and Web site. WittCAM coordinates management internships, as well as opportunities for students to serve as management consultants while earning graduation credit in center-sponsored consulting programs. Opportunities are available in a wide range of settings, including small and large business, not-for-profit organizations, and social service and government agencies.
WittCAM’s consulting programs are open to qualified students from all departments and programs, and are offered during the regular academic year. These consulting programs include:
Management Internships offer student placement within local and regional firms as well as organizations located a significant distance from campus. Internships for management academic credit are available during the regular academic year and summer to qualified students who have completed the prerequisite 300-level management course(s).
Students interested in participating in any of the above programs can obtain more information, or apply, at the WittCAM office, 312 Carnegie Hall. Phone: (937) 327-7910; FAX (937) 327-6143; E-mail: email@example.com, or at the WittCAM webpage.
Washington Semester Program
Wittenberg’s Washington Semester Program is offered in collaboration with the Lutheran College Washington Consortium and includes both classes and internships in many different areas in the nation’s capital. Examples of recent internships Wittenberg students have held include ones in: the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-President, the offices of U.S. Senators (Tom Daschle and Richard Lugar) and Cognressmen (David Hobson and Stephen LaTourette), the State Department, the National Defense Univesity, National Public Radio, CNN, NBC, the American Diabetes Association, Bread for the World, the Interfaith Conference on Metropolitan Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Smithsonian Institution. Students thereby gain real-life work experience dealing with issues that are local, national and even international in scope. Many of these internships have led to jobs for Wittenberg students after graduation.
The program operates during the regular academic year and in the summer. During the academic year, students also take two classes in addition to their internships. Housing is provided in 13 secure, penthouse condominiums (owned and operated by the Consortium) in Rossyln, Virginia, directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown, in the District of Columbia. Access to internships and other activities is convenient; the metro is only a five minute walk from the condominiums.
Wittenberg Summer Programs
Wittenberg regularly offers summer study abroad opportunities. In recent years, these have included the following:
Bahamas-Smoky Mountains Field Program:
A comparative study of biological communities in San Salvador (Bahamas), Florida and Tennessee. A six-week program, June-July.
Spanish language and political science
Spanish language and Mexican culture
Moscow Field Research Program:
Local politics and urban planning issues
German language and culture
History and literature
Wittenberg is affiliated with programs operated by American consortia such as IES (Institute for the International Education of Students), and CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange). The university directly enrolls students in these programs. Other programs, including new ones in Latin America and Africa, are available to Wittenberg students. The following list is representative.
A CIEE semester or year program at Murdoch University; students enroll in one course on Australia and are also enrolled directly at Murdoch.
An IES semester or year program in European culture and society, the humanities, social sciences and business; instruction in English but German studied; internships available.
A CIEE program in the People’s Republic of China for a semester or a year, depending on language competence.
A semester or a year program in international business, art, architecture and general studies, also pre-health and education; language competence may be acquired in the course of study.
An IES/IAS program emphasizing language and culture; homestays available.
An IES semester or year program stressing government, literature, or business.
A CIEE program for a year or a semester at the University of Haute Bretagne in Rennes. This program emphasizes French culture and language, and can include work in education.
An IES semester program in European business and international economics; business courses are taught in English with French language study required.
An IES semester or year program with emphasis on French and the humanities; instruction in French.
An IES semester or year program with emphasis on French language and culture but with special programs including business and work-study internships; instruction in French.
Freiburg and Berlin, Germany:
An IES semester or year program in connection with the University of Freiburg or the Humboldt University in Berlin; instruction is in German.
Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia:
American Council of Teachers of Russian and CIEE programs for a semester or a year; they emphasize Russian language, culture and area studies. Instruction in Russian.
Madrid and Salamanca, Spain:
An IES semester or year program stressing Spanish language and literature; instruction in Spanish.
An IES semester or year program stressing business communications. No prior Spanish is required.
A CIEE semester or year program in Spanish and the humanities at the University of Seville; instruction in Spanish.
A one-semester program in conjunction with the University of Stockholm stressing political science and sociology; instruction in English, but Swedish is studied.
Wittenberg participates in study programs in which students here and abroad exchange places while enrolled in their home institutions.
While participating in a direct exchange, a student pays Wittenberg tuition and fees, including room and board, and also retains all scholarships. Direct exchanges require a high level of independence and superior linguistic skills. If selected by the university and linguistically qualified, the student may enroll directly in:
International Student Exchange Program
Through Wittenberg’s membership in ISEP, students can enroll directly in more than 200 institutions in 20 different countries around the world. Direct enrollment requires a high level of independence and superior linguistic skills.
A variety of academic areas of study for one term in Hope College, associated with the University of Liverpool.
A semester or year program in East Asian language and culture at Kansai Gaidai; homestays available.
A year’s program in Asian Studies including language and area studies is offered at Sophia University.
Students who plan well in advance may arrange internships abroad. Wittenberg students have worked in a radio station in Moscow, urban development in Guatemala, citizen action efforts in Berlin, special education in Sweden, banking in Hong Kong, international trade in Taiwan, and in the British Parliament.
Wittenberg is also one of only eleven schools in the United States to partner with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), which promotes internship opportunities for American students in Japan.
Other Study Abroad
In addition to programs which the university operates or with which it affiliates, other programs administered by U.S. colleges and universities are available to Wittenberg students depending on approval by the Faculty Committee on International Education.
Office of International Education
Wittenberg maintains a full-time office of International Education to assist students with study and travel plans, and to counsel them with integrating international dimensions with educational life goals. A minimum 2.5 grade-point average is required for study abroad.