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.
One such opportunity is at the Philadelphia Center. At the Philadelphia Center, students have the opportunity to participate in internships and in-depth seminars with their peers, and to work closely with faculty in mentoring relationships. Albion College’s Ethnic Studies department also teaches some courses in conjunction with the Philadelphia Center, and assistant professor Jeana Morrison has a dual appointment in both The Philadelphia Center and Albion College’s Ethnic Studies Department.
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.