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Philosophy Internships

Philosophy students can gain useful career experience and earn course credit through PHIL 4910: Internships.

Specific Internship Information

Internship with the law firm of Mollica, Gall, Sloan and Sillery LLC.

This internship is with a local law firm and is thus particularly suited to pre-law majors intending to go to law school. For more information about the firm, please consult the Mollica, Gall, Sloan and Sillery LLC website.

Duties. The intern will devote up to nine hours a week (including both on-site and take-home work) to the internship and will be exposed to all the procedures that go into preparing for litigation, including the routine clerical work that is part of a law practice. In addition to discharging the professional tasks of the internship, each intern will prepare and submit a report to the chair of the Philosophy Department by Friday of the last week of classes. For guidelines concerning this report, see Grading below.

Compensation. The internship is unpaid. The intern will receive course credit for successfully completing the internship.

Qualifications. All interns must be Ohio University undergraduate philosophy majors with at least junior standing and a 3.0 GPA.

Internship with Heritage College of Medicine Clinical and Translational Research Unit

The Heritage College of Medicine's Clinical & Translational Research Unit supports Ohio University faculty, staff and students who are conducting clinical research with human subjects. For more information, please consult the Clinical and Translational Research Unit website.

Duties. The intern will be assigned to the Senior Clinical Project Managers in the CTRU and will devote up to nine hours a week (including both on-site and take-home work) to the internship. The activities performed by the intern may include (but not be limited to) some of the following: a) reviewing standard operating procedures, informed consents, research protocols, and IRB submissions; b) doing literature searches on assigned topics; c) identifying best practices and use of technology for research informed consent; d) assessing research study recruitment methodologies in various cultural settings; and e) exploring ethical issues in clinical research settings. In addition to discharging the professional tasks of the internship, each intern will prepare and submit a report to the chair of the Philosophy Department by Friday of the last week of classes. For guidelines concerning this report, see Grading below.

Compensation. The internship is unpaid. The intern will receive course credit for successfully completing the internship.

Qualifications. All interns must be Ohio University undergraduate philosophy majors with at least junior standing and a 3.0 GPA.

Internship with Democracy over Corporations of Southeast Ohio

The Democracy Over Corporations website summarizes its mission as follows: "Because we believe that the Supreme Court has for the past 100 years erroneously conferred constitutional protections on corporations, as though they were natural persons, we are vigorously promoting the adoption of a constitutional amendment to overturn a succession of flawed court rulings to ensure that the Bill of Rights applies only to people." DOC is a local, nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Southeast Ohio dedicated to supporting, through education and action, the efforts of local people to be free of rule by corporate interests. For more information on the DOC, please consult the Democracy over Corporations website.

Role of intern. The intern will assist with the arrangement of public events designed to stimulate thought about critical issues affecting local people?s lives and to offer opportunities for activism relating to these issues. Public events may include such things as local festivals, video presentations, and street theater, with an emphasis on youth involvement. The intern will attend monthly DOC meetings as well as other meetings as necessary. The intern will devote up to nine hours a week (including both on-site and take-home work) to assist the DOC with these tasks. In addition to discharging the professional tasks of the internship, each intern will prepare and submit a report to the chair of the Philosophy Department by the Friday of the last day of classes. For guidelines concerning this report, see Grading below.

Compensation. The internship is unpaid. The intern will receive course credit for successfully completing the internship.

Qualifications. All interns will be Ohio University undergraduate philosophy majors with at least junior standing and a 3.0 GPA. The intern is expected to support the mission of the DOC. It is also desired that the intern have good communication skills.

Resources available. The intern will interact with the DOC Coordinator, members of the DOC Steering Committee, and members active in the DOC, all of whom will serve as mentors and resources for the intern.

Duration of internship. The internship will be for one semester; however, should the DOC and student both be interested, the internship can be repeated in additional semesters for up to 12 total credit hours.

Benefits of the internship. The intern will gain experience useful for career building and for building a resume.

Application and Review Procedures

Announcement of Internships. No later than the end of the sixth week of the semester preceding the internship, a call for applications will be posted and emailed to all undergraduate majors.

No later than the end of the 10th week of the semester preceding the internship, interested students must submit by email an application packet that consists of the following:

  • A statement of no more than 300 words that answers the following question: What interests me about this internship and why am I an excellent candidate?
  • The names and contact information of two references, at least one of whom is an Ohio University Philosophy Department faculty member.
  • A resume or CV.

The committee (at least two Philosophy faculty and possibly a representative from the host organization) will confer and arrive at a decision by the end of the 11th week of the semester, selecting its top candidate and (when possible) a first alternate.

The committee will communicate its decision to the site administrator for approval. Once site-approval is secured (ideally within one week of receiving the Philosophy Department?s recommendation), the department will notify the applicant and a green slip will be used to enroll the student in the relevant course credit hours.

Grading

The intern's final course grade will be the average of a performance grade and a summary report grade. The final course grade, the performance grade, and the summary report grade will all be assigned as A ? F grades on the Ohio University four-point scale.

Performance Grade

The site administrator for the internship will assign the performance grade according to the criteria specified below. The site administrator will communicate this grade to the chair of the Philosophy Department at least two days prior to the deadline for submission of all grades.

Criteria for the Performance Grade. It is understood that the site administrator of the internship will strive to assign a grade that reflects the following normative criteria:

  • A/A- = At least 90 percent of the time, the intern discharged her or his duties and made a sincere attempt to deliver high quality work.
  • B+/B/B- = Between 80 and 89 percent of the time, the intern discharged her or his duties and made a sincere attempt to deliver high quality work.
  • C+/C/C- = Between 70 and 79 percent of the time, the intern discharged her or his duties and made a sincere attempt to deliver high quality work.
  • D+/D/D- = Between 60 and 69 percent of the time, he intern discharged her or his duties and made a sincere attempt to deliver high quality work.
  • F = Less than 60 percent of the time, the intern discharged her or his duties and made a sincere attempt to deliver high quality work.

It is understood that the site administrator will abide by the confidentiality requirements concerning student grades mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. More information about FERPA regulations can be found online.

Summary Report

By Friday of the last week of classes, the intern will submit a summary report to the chair of the Philosophy Department. The report will include the following:

  • An overview of at least 100 words describing work done as an intern, including any particularly significant tasks or accomplishments.
  • An overview of at least 100 words explaining the respects in which the intern drew upon her or his philosophical training in discharging the internship. (Answer the following question: What knowledge and skills acquired through my philosophy coursework did I draw on in discharging this internship?)
  • An overview of at least 100 words describing the extent to which the intern has grown philosophically and or professionally as a result of the internship experience. (Answer the following question: How did this internship enhance my abilities as a philosopher and/or my future career prospects?)

This report will be reviewed and graded by the chair of the Philosophy Department. The grade of the report will be based only on its clarity, coherence, aptness, and thoroughness. It will not be based on whether the student found the internship to be a valuable experience.

Grade Appeals. Any intern who wishes to appeal her or his grade should follow the procedures outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog under "Grade Appeals."

In addition, as noted in the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog, "Complete information on the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty relative to grade appeals is available at the Office of the Ombudsperson. If you need assistance in understanding the grade appeals process or in preparing a grade appeal(s), contact the Ombudsperson, Baker University Center 501, 740-593-2627. The office will be able to be of greatest assistance, if you make contact early in the process."

Standards of Professional Conduct

Title IX Compliance. It is understood that the site and the intern will abide by Ohio University?s guidelines concerning Equity and Civil Rights as detailed by OHIO's office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance.

Should either the site or the intern have questions or complaints about such issues, they should contact Ohio University?s Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached by email at titleix@ohio.edu or by phone at 740-593-9140.

Workload. If the intern believes that the workload assigned exceeds that specified within the description of the internship, she or he should communicate this to the site administrator. If this does not resolve the issue, the intern should then contact the chair of the Philosophy Department who will discuss the situation with the site administrator. If this does not resolve the issue, the matter will be referred to the Ohio University ombudsman for mediation and guidance.

University Ombudsperson
Ohio University
501 Baker Center
Athens, OH 45701
740.593.2627
ombuds@ohio.edu

General Statement on Appropriate Professional Conduct. In addition to the points detailed in above, it is understood that both the intern and site will conduct themselves in accordance with generally accepted professional practices as well as those practices unique to the profession of the internship. It is further understood that the site will communicate to the intern in advance of the start of the internship a statement of any expectations concerning professional standards they wish the intern.