Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
At TCU you’ll grow personally and professionally.
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.
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 at least two upper-level Spanish courses (30000-level or higher.)
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 an on-site supervisor and a SHS faculty adviser. Credits earned may count toward any major or minor in the Department of Spanish & Hispanic Studies.
Internships require a minimum of 30 hours in the semester to receive one hour of credit, a minimum of 60 hours to receive two hours of credit, and a minimum of 90 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
- evaluations that are completed by the site supervisor and/or site visits by the faculty advisor
- an oral report
- a resume written in Spanish
- a reflective essay that provides more thoroughly the student's overall experience.
Spanish and Hispanic studies majors and minors may pursue any of the following volunteer opportunities with our established partners:
TCU College Resource
Tutoring students preparing for High School AP courses. Translate newsletter into Spanish.
Contact: Elizabeth Tamez
Mary Louise Phillips Elementary and Manuel Jara Elementary
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
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas
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