Boston University Summer College Internship Program Accepting Applications

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BU's summer internship program brings academics and work experience together in an exciting 12-week summer term.

I joined the Summer Study Internship Program the summer before my senior year in college. I enrolled in the Social Policy track, which enabled me to take two exciting courses not offered at my home institution. The professors exemplified BU's reputation as one of the best schools in the country

The Boston University Summer Study Internship Program is currently accepting applications for this year's session. This unique 12-week summer college internship program, offered through BU's Summer Term, provides visiting students with the opportunity to take summer college courses and gain priceless hands-on work experience simultaneously -- all while absorbing the vibrant culture and history of Boston.

During the first six weeks, students enroll in two academic summer courses chosen from one of seven popular program tracks including Arts and Culture, Business and Management, Environmental Studies, Graphic Design and Mass Communication, International Studies, Politics and Public Policy, and Psychology and Social Policy. Students earn four credits for each completed course during this Core Phase and prepare for their summer internship, also worth four credits, through meetings with the internship team, a faculty adviser, and through workshops that cover topics such as resume-writing, interviewing and self-assessment.

"To ensure participants get the most out of the program, we work with each student individually to place them in an appropriate internship depending on their prior academic and work experience, personality, interests and internship availability," said Donna Shea, Assistant Dean and Director of Boston University Summer Term. "Prior to the start of the program, students discuss opportunities with their internship team and placement is finalized upon arrival at Boston University."

For the final six weeks -- the Internship Phase -- students work full-time in professional internships with Boston-based, U.S.-based and multinational firms and organizations. In an accompanying internship course, students utilize a learning journal to analyze and evaluate academic and professional issues, and conduct a research project under the guidance Boston University faculty.

"I joined the Summer Study Internship Program the summer before my senior year in college. I enrolled in the Social Policy track, which enabled me to take two exciting courses not offered at my home institution. The professors exemplified BU's reputation as one of the best schools in the country," said a 2006 Summer Study Internship Program Participant. "My internship turned out to be amazing. Not only did I meet potential references, I also made lasting friendships. The program was perfect because it fulfilled needed credits and gave me real world experience."

Also included in the program is a three-day excursion to the Boston University Sargent Center for Outdoor Education in Hancock, NH. This weekend allows fellow program participants to get to know each other and to develop team-building and leadership skills. Sargent Center is a 700-acre outdoor education facility located in a woodland setting in New Hampshire's beautiful Monadnock region.    

The Boston University Summer Study Internship Program is open to visiting undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college by the start of the program. Students must be in good academic and judicial standing. A minimum GPA of 2.7 is required. Applications to the program are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for all applications is April 23, 2007. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. On-campus housing and dining are available for an additional fee.

For more information about the program and to download an application, please visit http://www.bu.edu/summer/internship

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. Boston University contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission.

Contact: Kira Edler, 617-358-1240, kedler @ bu.edu

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