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In Shift, Kenyon to Begin Offering Internship Credit

A new four-week-long course will allow students to gain credit for internships beginning this summer

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 01:11

Kenyon is late in adapting an internship credit policy compared to its peer instituations. Similar schools like Oberlin, Vassar and Carleton Colleges have policies in place. Some, like Oberlin and Bucknell College, require students to pay a fee. Oberlin's fee is relatively affordable, $50, but Bucknell's fee reportedly exceeds $1,000 in some cases. At both schools, internships must be unpaid in order to grant credit. Kenyon's policy does not differentiate between paid and unpaid internships.

"Fundamentally, Kenyon should care about the learning. Whether you're getting paid or not probably has not much to do with the amount of learning you're going to do," Melick said.

Student reactions to the new internship credit policy have ranged from ambivalence to excitement. Some question the need to complete a class that would count for so little credit. Others, like Mark Larus '13, discount their personal need for the class but agree that receiving credit would open up internships that were previously closed off.

For other students, the change means much more.  Daniel Akuma '14, as an international student, is limited by the stipulations of his student visa. He cannot work for payment outside of Kenyon, yet most firms would not accept him on a voluntary basis. Like many other international students, his only option to intern in the U.S. in return for academic credit, an option he finally has.

Akuma, who is currently enrolled in EXPL 205, will be interning as a researcher at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center — the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute. "I'm so excited for this class," Akuma said.

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