Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 82 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 82

Off Campus Opportunities

The MacDonnell Career and Internship Center (TMCIC)

Internships offer students an opportunity to enrich and enliven their academic programs. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), an internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Work is supervised and evaluated in conjunction with The MacDonnell Career and Internship Center counselors, the Faculty Internship coordinator as well as a site supervisor in the agency, institution, or business organization providing the internship. The MacDonnell Career and Internship Center works to market opportunities to students and track data. Internships are generally open to juniors and seniors, and in some cases underclassmen who meet departmental and school qualifications. The student must receive approval from the appropriate Faculty Internship Coordinator if participating in a credit-bearing internship, to determine the necessary requirements including, prerequisites, GPA requirements or any other academic standards which may apply.

The School of Liberal Arts, School of Business, and School of Science each offer credit-bearing internships which are field experiences integrated into the student’s academic areas of interest. Most credit-bearing internships require a minimum of 40 hours of field experience for each academic credit. All students participating in credit-bearing internships are required to keep a journal that relates the field experience to the student’s academic area of interest. School internships usually require a final paper or research based presentation that is due by the first day of the final examination period for that semester. Please consult the syllabus for requirements. Certain academic programs, such as Social Work, Psychology and Education, offer specialized field placements as part of the curriculum that are run by the department and have their own eligibility and grading criteria. Such field placements may also be subject to outside accrediting body standards that departments must adhere to in the design of learning objectives and outcomes as well as number of placement hours.

The following are the minimum campus-wide regulations applied to credit bearing internship participation:

  1. To participate as interns, students must:
    1. Be matriculated.
    2. Have attained junior or senior standing, depending upon applicable academic department or school guidelines, and/or completed other program-specific prerequisites.
    3. Be registered as a full-time student.
    4. Have electronic permission from the Faculty Internship Coordinator/Department Chair.
  2. Internship participation is permissible during the fall and spring semesters and during the summer at the discretion of the academic department, school, or program. In order to participate in a summer internship, the student must have a minimum of 75 credits completed toward her/his degree or permission from the faculty internship coordinator  Summer credit bearing  internships are limited to a total of three credit hours.

  3. A student may earn a maximum of twelve credit hours for all internship activity and may take only one credit bearing internship in a single semester. Major programs may limit the number of internship credits that can be applied towards the major.

To assist both the students and the internship coordinators, The MacDonnell Career and Internship Center serves as a Siena clearinghouse for information about school internships. A faculty member from each school is also available to discuss internships with students. Letter grades are earned for all departmental internships. However, all school internships are graded on a pass/fail basis. Because this pass/fail option is mandated by the College, the course does not count toward the maximum number of pass/fail courses that a student may take in any semester.

Study Abroad

Studying abroad helps students better understand themselves and the world while developing a professional edge for their future. From learning to tango in Argentina to embracing the hygge lifestyle of Denmark to exploring the souks of Morocco, there is something for everyone who seeks to explore our world through study abroad. Siena College offers students in every major the opportunity to study abroad through an approved list of short-term, semester, and full academic-year programs. Program options are varied and include direct enrollment at foreign universities, international internships, and service-learning placements, available in both English-speaking and foreign language environments. Students work closely with study abroad staff to help determine which program meets their academic and personal needs. Semester-long study abroad is typically undertaken during the junior year, while shorter-term study abroad programs (J-term, Maymester, and summer) can be done at any time. Short-term travel courses allow students to accompany faculty overseas for 7-14 days as they explore topics using the world as a classroom. 

The cost of semester study abroad programs is equal to Siena’s tuition and standard room/board fees, and students are able to use their financial aid for a semester or year abroad. Costs for short-term programs vary and are an out-of-pocket expense, not included in regular semester costs. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required to apply for semester-long study abroad; however, some programs require applicants to have a GPA of 3.0. Students must be in good social and academic standing in order to study abroad. Transfer students must complete one semester of full-time study at Siena before studying abroad. Passing grades earned during a pre-approved semester, summer, or J-term abroad are accepted for credit but are not included in the calculation of the Siena term or cumulative GPA. Courses taken abroad may count toward the major, minor, certificates, and core. For detailed information consult the website www.siena.edu/studyabroad.  

Washington Semester

Selected students may participate in a semester study program in Washington, D.C. under the combined auspices of Siena College and American University. Students must enroll in two seminars from a variety of topics, encompassing fields such as political science, business, marketing, environmental studies, and more. Students will also participate in an internship, with recent examples including Congressional offices and committees, international organizations, nonprofits, research think tanks, executive branch agencies, interest groups, local government offices, multinational corporations, and media offices. Students may also enroll in an elective Washington Semester course, Independent Research, or elective courses at American University. The program is offered each semester and is open to second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must apply to the program through American University. Students interested in participating in this program should contact Dr. Kevin Baron, Asst. Professor of Political Science  and International Relations before applying to the program. Information may also be obtained from the website: https://www.american.edu/spexs/washingtonsemester/ .

Program in Material Culture and Public History at the College of William & Mary

Siena students in any major are invited to participate in the unique “history immersion” program offered through Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution and the National Institute for American History and Democracy, a partnership between the College of William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The semester-long curriculum provides a thorough grounding in interdisciplinary study of early American history and material culture.  Students live at the College of William & Mary, the second oldest college in the United States, and complete 15-credit-hours of coursework in early American history, museum studies, and public history. Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship at Colonial Williamsburg. This domestic study abroad program is offered each semester and is open to Siena students in any major. Students interested in participating in this program should contact Dr. Jennifer Dorsey, Director of Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution. Information may also be obtained from The National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) website.