At TCU, you’ll grow intellectually and personally, and you’ll also gain specific knowledge and skills for a successful career. You’ll learn by doing, stepping outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action. Internships are invaluable for helping determine which career path most interests you. Learn more about general internship and job opportunities.
Academic Credit for Internships
As a Spanish and Hispanic studies major, you may earn one to three credit hours for your internship experience.But first you must take four upper-level courses (32003-32803 or at the 40000 level), one of which must be a content course.
Internships for credit are carefully monitored work or service experiences with specific learning goals. Each internship offers students an opportunity to apply their skills in Spanish language in a real-world setting. Students are responsible for identifying and coordinating internship logistics. Each internship is supervised by on on-site supervisor and a SHS faculty adviser. The faculty advisor assigns a pass or no credit grad (P/NC) based on student work evaluation.
This course does not count toward the SHS major or minor.
Internships require a minimum of 40 hours in the semester to receive one hour of credit, a minimum of 80 hours to receive two hours of credit, and a minimum of 120 hours to receive three hours of credit.
Students are expected to complete additional work that may include, but not be limited to:
- Time-bound journal responses based upon directed learning
- Performance evaluations to be completed by the intern host and/or faculty adviser
- A final reflective essay on the overall experience.
Spanish and Hispanic studies majors and minors may pursue any of the following volunteer opportunities with our established partners:
Tutoring students preparing for High School AP courses. Translate newsletter into Spanish.
Contact: Elizabeth Tamez
Serve as a Spanish reading coach for bilingual first- and second-grade students while improving your own spoken Spanish. We have partnerships with two local elementary schools: Mary Louise Phillips Elementary and Manuel Jara Elementary. In general, one hour per week commitment is required, but other activities besides coaching are possible. You’ll receive training prior to coaching.
Contact: Karla O’Donald
Serve as a mentor for at-risk children. Placements are school-based (e.g. you go to school and have lunch with child) and community-based (e.g. you go pick up child from home and do things together), once a week. Minimal Spanish is required.
Contact: Big Brothers Big Sisters, 817-877-4277 or visit www.bbbstx.org
Serve as a Spanish translator for this non-profit organization based in Fort Worth and help communicate with and support people with HIV/Aids and other special needs.
Contact: Sarah Deats, Director of Communication
TCU Policy on Internships
TCU offers hundreds of internships in any given semester and does not support political or personal statements associated with any of them. We evaluate each opportunity to ensure academic value as it relates to a course of study. Beyond that, we encourage you to seek the opportunities that best match your interests and to choose how to best fulfill your internship requirements.