Through an ethnic studies-related internship or off-campus experience, students gain hands-on experience with other racial or ethnic communities. The internship or experience may be completed in ethnic communities elsewhere in the United States or in study and research in ancestral communities or multi-ethnic communities outside the United States.
Upon returning to Albion, students schedule an appointment with ethnic studies faculty and submit an evaluation and journal report describing their experience and how it has enhanced their multicultural understanding of the world.
Students, working in consultation with the program chair, are encouraged to explore a variety of options for the internship experience.
Knowledge of ethnic traditions and ethnic relations is sought after in many fields, including but not limited to politics, social services, business, law, medicine, and psychology-related careers. This demand recognizes both that America is an increasingly multicultural society and that business people and professionals need to know these multiple groups in order to serve them better.
The Department of Ethnic Studies and Career and Internship Center look forward to assisting students as they consider options to pursue after their Albion careers.
Faculty and Staff
Helena Mesa, Chair
Associate Professor of English
B.A., Indiana University; M.F.A. University of Maryland
Ph.D. University of Houston
Office: 402 Vulgamore Hall
Assistant Professor, Photography
M.F.A. Louisiana Tech University, 2012
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
B.A., Oglethorpe College, 2004, Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2010
Office: Olin 218
B.S., 2007, Ph.D., 2013, Michigan State University
Office: 300B Robinson Hall
Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A., California State University, Fresno, M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan